Stonewall Jackson Papers. 1850 April 1

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Date: 1850 April 1
Item: Letter
To: Laura Jackson Arnold
From: Thomas J. Jackson
Place: Ft. Hamilton, NY
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Fort Hamilton April 1st 1850

My Dear Sister

Your letter came to safe to hand, and with pleasure its contents were read. During the past month, our stables were burned. All the horses were saved, though mine, with some others, were injured a little. The damage was near four thousand dollars.

I regret to say that circumstances will prevent my return home this summer, but on the 1st of October, I expect to be ordered to Fort Washington, opposite Mount Vernon, where I expect to get a leave, and visit you during some portion of that month.

My health continues to improve. My muscles have become quite solid. My exercises are of a violent character, when the chill blain {chilblain} on my feet do not prevent it. I hope that Little Ann has entirely recovered.

When I make my proposed visit, I shall endeavor to take with me such things as your letter has specified, provided that they are attainable. Some of them may be difficult to get. My past winter has been much more pleasant than the preceding. The weather here is at present delightful; but in a few days it may be the reverse as it is much influenced here on the Sea Board, by the direction of the winds.

On Thursday last, I, in company with 18 others had a grand sleigh ride, it was the best snow of the season, but in 24 hours, there was hardly a trace of it to be found.

Sincerely your Brother
Thomas P.S. Remember me to Mr. A. and family.

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