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File: 14JUL65.doc
Path: My Documents \ Word Files
Subdir: Felkner
Collection: SC2026, Felkner
Source: Wis. Hist. Society

                                                Fort Scott, Kansas July 14th 1865

Since I wrote you last I have had a sort of poor spell and I laid up till I was really strong enough to write & do such like things.  You can see my hand is not very steady yet.  I will give you a short account of my sickness.  I had not been very well for a month or so and had been running down so that when I was taken sick I had but very little strength.  On the 25th day of May I was taken down.  The first week I seemed to have a complication of diseases.  The second it settled into the typhoid and there for two weeks I knew nothing.  Then the fever gave way but I was so low that no one hardly thought I could get up.  When my fever broke a Mrs. McDonald who used to live at Maukan sent down word to have me brought of there.  So they took my tent & things up there and the boys carried me up in my bunk.  It was about three fourths of a mile from camp and with Mrs. McDonald, Mr. Reed & Pepper I had the best of care.  The Surgeon too is one of the best physicians and men I ever saw.  During all my sickness I have not been in a room and it is to plenty of fresh air and the good nursing I received after my fever broke that I attribute my recovery. 

Just think Sarah of my sleeping with the tent raised two feet from the ground at the head of my bunk and the front of the tent all open so that I lie and look right out on the stars.  So I have slept all the time.  I have not taken any cold during the whole time.  I sleep with my drawers & woolen stockings on and a sheet & one woolen blanket over me.  The nights are very cool here.  It is very hot in the day but as soon as the sun goes down it begins to grow cool.  There are no mosquitoes here.  I am gaining my strength slowly but as fast as I could expect I suppose.  To day I feel much stronger that I have since I began to get well.  I have to be very careful not to overdo on account of a relapse.  A relapse in my weak state would be fatal.  My general health, all except strength is better than it was before I was sick.  I have no Dyspepsia, no biliousness.  I am thoroughly cleaned out.  All I want now is strength and the time and eating alone will bring.  It was very fortunate for me I had no whiskey in my system.   If I had I should have gone up the spout.  

I suppose you are disappointed in my not coming home.  But when you come to think a moment you will see how much better for me it is not to come.  I should have to stage it to Leavenworth over rough roads & rivers 125 miles and I am not now able to stand the fatigue.  The railroad is then very rough till you get to Chicago and when I got home I could stay only about twenty days.  For the longest I could possibly get a furlough for would have been thirty days and it would take ten days to go and come at least.  Besides it would cost me sixty dollars to go and come and the paymaster would have deducted one half from that thirty days pay which would have been about seventy five dollars more.  But the Surgeon would not consent to it so there is no use for explaining. 

How are things in Omro.  Do you have plenty of strawberries this year.  How do the apple trees look.  Do any of them bear.  How is that nice cherry tree east of our bedroom.  How does the wood hold out.  How do Alf and Hattie get along.  Give them my regards.  I wish you would say to William I will write him as soon as I get a little stronger.  How is Lang's health and what is he doing.  H ow is your health and Lill's.  I am so glad Lill is healthy and so good.  I have heard that it is quite dull in Omro this summer.  Is it so.  I shall not stay there much longer.  We should starve to death.  I hope to have a little money when I get back and I shall not invest it in Omro.  We are all looking for the Paymaster.  We have not yet got a cent of Pay.  I want to send you some money.  Are you not wholly out.  Was the policy all fixed.  My sheet is out and my strength nearly so, so good bye Dear Sarah.  Write as often as convenient.