Catherine Cusack Wilson's story is retold on a Facebook post by the U.S. National Archives.
Cusack Wilson was sorting through pension files, preparing them for digitization when she came across a letter from Nelson Jabo to his wife
Washington, Jan. 21, 1865 (sic)
My Dear Wife,
You must excuse me for not having written to you before. I have not been very well + did not feel much like writing – but I feel considerably better now – my complaint is an affection of the lungs. I am mustered out of service, but am not at present well enough to come home. I hope you will try to write back as soon as you receive this + let me know how you all are, how things are going on – let me know how it is with mother. I write this by means of a friend who is now sitting by my side + I hope it will be God’s will that we shall yet meet again. Well I send you all my love + must now close.
Your affectionate husband,
Written by Walt Whitman a friend.
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