Monday, October 19, 1863.
she is slept nicely I stoped to see mary she is still very ill i fear she will not get over this atacck Nellie and the girls spent the evening at seymours i
felt so bad i did go Nell stoped in as she went up to the furneal I wrote up to father sunday meeting at riders Nell did not go she went over to see mary
Alfred went up to the Provost marshals they would not exempt him I feel quite ansious about him i expected Nellie here to night but she did
The Philadelphia Inquirer explained various military matters, including instructions regarding how to obtain an exemption from the draft.
Having returned from Canada, Alfred asked to be exempted from the draft out of concern for his wife’s failing health and worry about who would care for his child in his absence. With the Confederacy threatening to execute members of the U.S. Colored Troops that fell into its hands, Alfred’s fears about leaving his son an orphan were well founded. However, because his wife was still alive, he would not have been eligible for exemption in October of 1863 . Meier, “Civil War Draft Records,” (http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1994/winter/civil-war-draft-records.html