1 As the war's intensity continued unabated in 1864, a movement was initiated to have sick and wounded men transferred from the various hospitals to those in the states where they belonged by enlistment. Massachusetts prepared for this transfer by modifying its army training facility at Readville (Camp Meigs) to a thousand-bed hospital. Henry would be among the first of the hospital's patients. We know from Henry's medical records that he was sent to Readville, October 25th, thus this two-day pass was issued shortly after his arrival.
Henry's letters resumed mid-January 1865, with his return to service. To help bridge the lapse in letters, the Society plans to release in early December a special sesquicentennial edition on Camp Meigs and the U.S. General Hospital at Readville.