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Title: William E. Babcock to Walt Whitman, 18 October 1864

Date: October 18, 1864

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00224

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Headquarters 51st N.YV
Near Poplar Grove Church Va
October 18th 1864

Walt. Whitman
Dear Sir

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.

Yours &c.
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]


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