This letter was written for JWD by Franklin Hoch, a neighbor, friend and fellow member of the 48th PVI Company D, who helped him during his illness. Hoch, a Sergeant, would later provide a deposition for JWD's wife, in her military pension application for widows of war veterans.
November the 28, 1861
My Dear Father,
I take my pen in hand to let you know that I am not very healthy, that I am sick. I had a fever but I ain’t well yet. I am very weak. I do not mind any pain but all that ails me and I have no appetite to eat anything. I got paid the 27th of this month. I sent my money home. It is 18 ½ dollars. I sent my money in Pottsville to Andrew Russel, there you can get it. His office is at the second corner in Mahantengo Street. It is 18 ½ dollars and you can get it any time that you go to Pottsville and take it home and keep it till I come home. Write me as soon as you get this letter and write to me whether you got my money or not. I must come to a close so excuse me I can’t write much just now at present time.
John W. Derr
Direct your letter Company D. 48th Regt, Penna. Vol. Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, via Fortress Monroe. Writer Franklin Hoch.
* there is an error in the muster roles for the 48th PVI that identifies Sgt. Franklin Hoch as "Hock".