A Union soldier writes of his experience with morphine following a battle wound

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A Union soldier writes of his experience with morphine following a battle wound - love-letter. at- ! an- . save Dickens,...
love-letter. at- ! an- . save Dickens, poaeaseu. The following extract from a letter written on a bed of agouy. Illustrates belter than words of ours the ueuial geulus. and calm .bravery of t'je luau whose untimely death all must lameut : a I have nothing to write about ex-: cept myself, a rather one-sided subject. Still 1 must write or die. f haven't yet told you ot my ufferlngs, and didn't Intend to ; but the flt is ou me. and I must harrow yoa a little. I hope to Uod yon never will have to go tbroogb wbat !l have experienced, and what 1 am liable tw. For tbe first week ot my wound,, nothing bat euor-moos doses of morphine kept me Irom going crazy with pain. I had to be kept all dsy lu a lazy, half slumberous coii 'llion, ia which I lelt like a kind of hot-house plant, dozing and living.' and that's all. -,. It was at this period I conceived that prejudice Against my left arm, which hag since ripened In to bete. 1 cannot express me feelings aim which I now regard that laub. 1 loog to cast It off, to disinherit It, lo cut it off with a (sharp) hilling, and thrust it out ui on the world tq beg. It hand at present I hi lor no higher oc4 copatlon tbaa to clutch peooia. While highly. morpnlnlzed, and-in a semi-conscious elate, I formed tbo idea that the aggravating limb did not belong to me, nut was a vagabond aud mall. dons arm that had attached it.-elf to ma for the puryeilte ot preventing my being Commander-lo Chiai; which I was to be as soon at I hao longlit Beauregard in the COUlsseutn with a trident aud a shrimp-net. All my arrangements had bees) made. Both ariuiea ot the rutomue were to ant sist at tbe spectacle, when, during my sleep. rebel spy took away the arm ou which 1 depemlr ed for nslng the shrimp-net, and lett tbe a muf tilated member Instead. This Is the true hisloj. ry oi tne cane, aituonga prejuuicea persons migbt De apt to can it a morpnine tmlluclna lion. i ' I left off morphine completely four weeks agol It waa a hard straggle to purl with the great consoler, nut I gave it np and took tbe brandy; Tbey gave' me a good deal of this in egg nog if and milk-punch to sustain - my really wasted frame. Imagine the 16S pouud man yon knew,: down to about l-u, aua so weak mat tbe lailmg of a book startles him as If it were the bursting ot a shell. I wish , were here to sketch me as I am engineered ont ol bed to a big chair, with haggard face, spider limbs, aud body fairly contracted with the pain of aioving. The day aner to-morrow l am to cave a probe put into the wound and shoved down to my elbow, after wuicn tney win cut me n -en oi tue lore arm open to the bone for six inches in ' length. So yoa see I have a.nlte a planning prospect before me. i r: r-i- i . ii.;-, -

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  1. Buffalo Courier,
  2. 12 Apr 1862, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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