Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the US General Hospital at Broad and Cherry Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 22nd Marvin remarks on a special treat: “At Noon to our surprise & great delight Mrs Ely & Mrs Smith of Winona came to see our State wounded & Co. [inpatients] it is all most imposeble to express the gratitude to the delegates[,] it was so unexpected”. Though Mrs. Smith’s son (Charles Goddard) seemed less pleased by his mother’s visit (see his letter dated July 26th), Marvin has nothing but good things to say.
Marvin’s wound continues to trouble him. He writes: “Went across the room on crutches to day & my wound commenced to bleed & marked the Isle their & Bak[.] it is very sore to nite & very painfull”. On July 24th Marvin describes his pain in detail: “The pain many times in the day feels as though their was an Old Hen with 14 chichkens wer in my foot & the Hen scratching & pulling at the Nerves & the littles all run to the center find something then scatter for a while”.
The weather in Philadelphia turns hot and steamy and Marvin suffers all the more, writing: “there is No Air circulating through the rooms atall[.] Sent out & got some Ice Cream to cool off with” and “I have suffered as mutch from heat today as from the wound”. On July 27, Marvin writes:
My wound has been the most quiet today that [it] has since I have been here[.] Sent out & got a [lat] of Ice cream to cool off[.] it is very warm[.] I am in the center of the Room that has about 270 patience[.]
Dr. Keiting says I can be transferred to Min as soon as I can stand it[.] Weather Rain[.]
See week’s worth of entries: 1863-07-27_Marvin_combined_7-21_7-28
Citation: July 21-28, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]