Edward P. Stone to Family

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Steamer Zepher leaving Aquia Creek for Washington. Dec. 30 ‘62Dear Home,

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The result of my applic- ation for leave to go to Washington with the soldier’s corpse was leave refused, as no leaves are granted in any case except where the different grades of surgeons certify that it is abso- lutely necessary to save life: but after a journey to round to Hq. Qrs. of reg’t, brigade division, corps, and grand Division in regular order I rec’d “Special Order No. 37” from Gen. Franklin who commands that “E P Stone Chaplain 6th Vt Vols will imme diately proceed to Washington &c,” you see there is quite a difference between be- ing permitted and being ordered. Then our ambulance was ordered and during the night I rode to the South Landing at Bell Plain when I got the Provost Marshal’s pass, sent my horse back to camp by one of the ambulance men, was rowed in a small boat to Capt Pitkin’s Landing, got his order for transportation, slept a little in cousin John’s tent, went out to assist chaplain Hale who was brought down in an ambulance to go to the hospital at Washington, got on board

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a small steamer that took us to a larger one which we have just exchanged for the Zeper. Dr. Tuttle & Lt. Green discharged from our reg’t, are on board. I expect to reach W. this p.m. dispatch business and return as soon as pos- sible.

New Years day. The Gen’s order allowed three days which expire tonight, but delay in the Provost dept. will probably prevent my reaching camp before tomorrow though I shall not be blamed I believe.

Stratton arrived yesterday with a coat from Woolson’s all right and better made than I have had before. The parcel that Denney brought had left here for camp before I arrived so that I have not seen it yet. John & S. have got theirs. I hope to find letters from you when I return, to inform me that you are not sick as I have feared and that you have rec’d the $400. check I sent the 10th ult.

I have got me some eatables and other conveniences: also got my chest out at the store house.