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Letter from man with hernia requesting to serve in some way other than as a soldier – August 29, 1861

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from E. Newton to Governor Ramsey to serve in some way other than as a soldier.

“Dear Sir, With pain and sorrow I read, a few days since, in the “St. Paul Press,” that the 2nd Min. Regiment was not yet full.  Were I “able bodied” as the law requires, I would, ore this, have offered myself, and esteemed it a favor to have been permitted to serve my country and adopted state as a soldier. But being troubled with “hernia” that would cause me to be rejected by the Surgeon, I must (tho with regret) forgo the privilege of serving my country in the ranks, in the most righteous cause in which men ever died on the field of battle, — I write you, to inquire, if there is not some capacity in which I can serve, instead perhaps, of some one, who might be accepted, where I should be rejected.  For, notwithstanding my complaint, I am capable of pretty hard service, which I would like to render in these trying times. Engagements, hitherto have prevented my making such an offer of my service.  I am a native of Mass. but have lived in Min. since Nov. 1855, – am 43 years old – a minister of the gospel – Congregationalist –Now, if there is any situation, among the Min. troops, in which I can serve my country, and adopted state please let me know, and I will be on hand. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”
Very truly yours, E. Newton”

Citation: August 29, 1861 Letter from E. Newton to Governor Ramsey, Letters Received–Offers to Serve or raise men. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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