DeValls Bluff, Arkansas
December 23, 1864
My dear good Wife,
I was very much pained to learn that you were so ill. But I am too far away to render you comfort and assistance such as I would gladly do. If I could rub your head with my hand and put wet cloths on it, I know I could ease your pain a little. I would give everything to be with you during your sickness. I sincerely trust by the next letter from you I shall hear of your convalescing. There is a telegraph to this place via Fort Smith but it is not in render more than half of the time and when it is, it is very hard to get private messages over it. But it would be well to try if you are worse. I think it would be almost if not quite impossible for me to get away yet I would use every effort in my power to do so ad might succeed. I do hope and pray that you may recover. You are my only treasure and you are a precious one. I know by your letter that you are quite sick.
My health has improved slightly since my last letter but I am not for duty yet. My cough has been a little troublesome, In this I am improving.
We don’t hear anything more about muster outs and we shall probably know all about it about the first of January. We are not expecting to be paid before the middle of January. Should I then receive pay up to the 31st December ’64, I shall be very likely to hand in my resignation then. But I don’t propose going out of the service if I can help it and have the government owing me for five or six months pay. Have you received payment on the first note for land &c.? If you are well enough, please give me all the particulars you have with reference to Grandmother’s Will and how far the business has progressed and all you know about it.
General [Joseph] Reynolds has arrived and taken command of the Army. General [Frederick] Steele has gone to Memphis. General Andrews has gone to Memphis. General Andrews will be relieved in a day or two. This Division are subscribing for Andrews a sum to purchase him a splendid horse and equipage.
The news from the Army is of the most cheering character. The sickness in our regiment is abating of late. I haven’t lost a man in my company for nearly six weeks. We are expecting a mail tonight when I expect to hear from you again and can only hope that you are improving. Dear wife, you are beloved by your husband and my prayer is for your health to return to you speedily. God bless you my own dear wife.
Yours in love, — Isaac Taylor
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