July 29, 1862
To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI
From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI
Would like to live with them, but can’t pay. Robert and Louisa are not well. Her baby wears her out. Pros came home from the boom sick with his old complaint. She’s afraid he’ll never be able to do hard work again. Got a letter from Hiram. He was knocked down by a shell concussion, got up and went a few steps and fell down again, numb all over. After a few minutes was able to get up. The shell killed the man on one side of him and wounded another on his other side.
This letter was originally posted to the Crawford/Comfort Family Letters blog and can be read here.