Officers Hospital Update

In a July 8, 1864, letter to his mother, William reports that he is doing better, but in unlikely to be ready for duty for some time.  He writes about taking the water-cure when he gets home and trying to get back some of the health he has lost during the past three years.  He also reports that Nashville is a beautiful place, but very hot.  Finally, he notes that he has not heard from Robert Patterson, but believes he is doing well.  (Note:  A portion of the letter is missing)

Transcript of William Patterson letter, July 8, 1864.

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Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on July 7, 2014

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, July 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

At this month’s meeting, Sarah Rickman will premiere a new short documentary Dorothy Scott, an Original, and discuss her book Flight From Fear (view PDF flyer).

The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at :  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/community/outofthebox/events/huffman-prairie-aviation-history-society/.

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Officers Hospital, Nashville, TN

Somewhere between June 28 and July 5, 1864, William Patterson was reassigned to the Officers Hospital, No. 2, in Nashville, Tennessee.  William reported this change in a July 5, 1864 letter to his mother.  The letter is not very long — mainly he describes July 4th activities in Nashville.   One interesting observation he makes concerns the reaction to a regiment of Negroes who marched that day with a regimental band.  Apparently, the locals were highly upset.

Transcript of William Patterson letter, July 5, 1864.

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