Thursday, December 21. 1865.
before he Died very Cold to Day i started for harrisburg this after noon found father nell and the rest of the family i had a very sad journey
Very Cold this Day i have looked [...] and to with Dead Poor Alfred was buried this afternoon no one but him that knows all things [...] my feeling
if it is the mister will i hope i will never have another day like Yesterday very cold i have not bin out Since i [...] bin [...] and harriet
This seems to reference Alfred’s funeral in Harrisburg. If this is the case, it is likely that Alfred died while on furlough in Pennsylvania – perhaps because of an illness. Families of enlisted or drafted men generally could not expect to have their deceased family member’s remains to bury. Giesberg, Army at Home, 143-162.