Title: William E. Babcock to Walt Whitman, 18 October 1864
Date: October 18, 1864
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Location: Berg Collection at the New York Public Library
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00224
Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang and Kathryn Kruger
Headquarters 51st N.YV
Near Poplar Grove Church Va
October 18th 1864
Your Letter came to hand this morning and I hasten to answer the Same.1
Your Brothers Effects will be Sent forward to Your Mothers address, Soon as we can get a permit from the Provost Marshall General, which I have this day Sent a request for.
I was much pleased to hear from him and the rest of the Officers that were taken prisoners with him. And I know they were neither wounded nor killed, as we had no chance of hearing from them until your Letter Arrived.
Every thing is quiet with Us and no news. So I will bring this to a close, by requesting you to write Soon.
William E Babcock 1st Lieut 51 N.YV
P.S. Letters from You will at all Times be received & Answered with pleasure WE Babcock
1. William E. Babcock was a lieutenant in George Washington Whitman's Fifty-first Regiment, New York Volunteers. [back]