from The Webster Weekley Times, Feb 7,1863 (Volume IV # 4), 
Dudley Aid Society
For the Times.  Extract from Dixie Correspondence

Dear Mae:
I am not in a very good mood for letter writing this morning, for all is excitement here, and has been for several days, as our regiment is under marching orders.  Its destination is Harper’s Ferry, at least it is ordered to report there.  But before I tell any more news I will gratefully acknowledge the receipt of the box you sent, it came Friday noon, and all safe.  The pies came nicely.  We opened it immediately, and as we were taking out the cake, father says, “It seems like old times, when we used to have donation parties.”  He found a “green back” lining in his glove, for which he is very grateful.  It would take to long a time to enumerate all the articles and thank you for each separately: so I, in behalf of all, thank you and the kind friends who assisted you.

Father will write you after he gets moved and settled, it would not be possible now.  He has written to Mr. Brown acknowledging the receipt of the other box.  He goes to Camp Sangster to preach this morning.  Mother sends by him books, papers, crackers, preserved apples, and some of the cake you sent.  A great number of paroled men have come in the past week, and poor distressed mortals they are.  I was there last Friday afternoon, and saw them taking a number  of those men into the hospitals.  Poor fellows! They looked as though they would need care but a short time.  That little fellow who was wounded in the foot, and who is in Ward No. 1, (the one spoken of in ‘Hospital Scenes; No. 2,”) was not as well, and had to have his foot lanced the day before.  He has got out of the swing, but they think he will never get well.

Our regiment expected to leave today, but the cars have not arrived yet.
Your friend, Josie R. Ambler.

[Mr. Editor: Allow me to say to the “Dudley Aid Society,” through your columns, that the box sent by them to the “Christian Commission,” of Boston, to be forwarded to me at Annapolis, arrived there safely, and was distributed faithfully, and if your space will admit next week I will give copies of letters from L. P. Rowland of Boston to their agent there, and to myself, which I have but just received, as they were remailed at Annapolis.
In reference to the Webster boys of Co. I, Mass. 15th Regiment, with two exceptions John Maley and G. W. Lewis they had all gone to their regiment.  I saw Mr. Palmer, Mr. Rusack, and Mr. Cummings, but had no conversation with any one but Mr. Cummings before they left.  This in reply to various inquiries.]

M.E. Lewis


15th Massachusetts VI