Oct 20 '64
I had been thinking that I should have answered your kind Letter last night, when it arrived, but on looking it over this morning I can answer it just as well. I cant tell you how I feel when I hear from you but as if I could write a dozen sheets.
I am thankful you took so much interest in trying to get me a Furlough but as to sending Mr. Cook1 I dont wish you to do that: If I was badly wounded it would make all the difference. As to how I am I will soon write: I used to be free from many Friends when I was at home and if I was independent then. I am now.
If I come home it will be home and wish outsiders, as a general thing, to know as little as possible of my affairs, not that I'm ashamed of myself but those who have forgotten me for 2 years can keep on doing it.
We Mass Men are liable to be transferred at any time & if I go in that way it would be to Readville. If I stay here I think I shall be Furloughed in 2 or 3 weeks so I am taking it easy as possible:
And now I'll tell you something about myself: I hope you dont think me entirely used up for it is not so & if I could have 3 or 4 Mos. to myself I would be in better health than ever but come to lying on the Ground or lugging & marching as I have done it would put me back again: all is I hope I shall have the chance of telling you soon as I cant write it as I'd like.
I was very glad to get such a long Letter from you all & will answer them all as soon as possible: Tell Mother not to worry but what I'll be home pretty soon: and for John just make him write.
I hope this will find you in good Spirits but I suppose it's pretty hard times & you feel it but theres "better coming" for us all & if we cant see our way just as clear as we'd like, take things easy. that's the way we do when there's any business going on: Why: when I get home it would be impossible to worry me, at least I think so & it will prove so.
I think you will enjoy hearing what I have stored away for you & in any way that I could or can make you happy it shall be my great object With my Love to Mother, Hat. Cad & Charlie & to yourself I remain your Aff. Son
Geo Henry Moulton
1 Mr. Cook (at right) was a prominent Milton citizen and a town selectman for many years. He was the father of Corporal Charles W. Cook (see the transcript of Corporal Cook's Civil War journal) and is reported to have travelled to Washington D.C. to retrieve the remains of Isaiah Hunt, a Milton soldier, for burial in the Milton Cemetery (Teele's The History of Milton — p.448).