Ladies visited the hospital every day loaded with delicacies for our comfort.
I did a foolish thing while in the hospital which came near ending my earthly experience.
One day an officer, slightly wounded, came in and said the paymaster was at the Custom House
and if we could get there we would receive two months pay. On the bed next mine lay Lieut.
“Bob” Stewart of the 72d Pennsylvania, wounded in the leg; neither of us had a dollar, and the thought of two months pay in our pockets was pleasant.
We talked it over that night; Bob was sure he could stand it, but thought I had better not try; still I was anxious to go, so we bribed the nurse, and the next morning, after the surgeon made his rounds, we took a carriage and with the nurse started for the Custom House
I fainted before we had gone a block, but kept on and was able to sign the roll which a clerk brought to the carriage, and received the money.
We returned to the hospital and I suffered from fever all day, and when the surgeon made his rounds the next morning he was alarmed at my condition.
I dared not tell him what we had done, for the nurse would be discharged if I did. In front of me was a man who suffered from a shell-wound in the back; he was forced to lie on his face and was very restless.
I told the surgeon that this man suffered so much that it made me nervous, and he ordered him changed to another ward.
It was several days before I regained what I had lost by my foolishness.
I had been here a little more than a week when one day Mr. Robinson
, the Massachusetts
agent stationed there, came in and asked me if I had a brother named Asa Adams
; informing him that I had, he asked if I would like to see him. My answer can be imagined, and in a short time he came in with