Letter from Martha Stone to Ramsey inquiring about a Lieut. Stone of the 1st Infantry reported killed and whether he was her brother.
“Worcester County Mass’tts North Oxford March 24th 1862.
To the Hon. ___ ______ Governor of Minnesota.
Dear Sir The New York Tribune of the 14th inst. contains an account of the bloody victory won by the Union forces at Valverde, New Mexico on the 21st of February, in it our Country was baptized anew with the blood of some of her bravest sons. Among other names mentioned who fell is that of Lieut. Stone which I fear may be my Brother. An extra [ed] from the Missouri Republican says that Lieut. Stone entered the service from Minnesota on the 1st of July 1859, as brevet 2d Lieut. in the 1st Infantry and was promoted to 2d Lieut. on the 22d of August following. This account if it be correct goes to confirm my fears.
I have not the means or knowing who the proper Officer is for me to address and have presumed on writing to you to ascertain if it be possible if the Lieut. Stone referred to is my Brother.
If I could obtain a description of his person in height, size, complexion, and age, together with his occupation before entering the Army, and personal bearing and degree of intelligence I might be able to assure myself of his identity.
If it should prove to be my Brother, his bravery in defending his Country’s Flag will lessen much the pain of our earthly separation.
Trusting that I may obtain through you such information as I need.
I am truly yours With Great Respect Martha E. Stone”
Citation: March 24, 1862 Letter from Martha E. Stone, Letters Received–Requests for Assistance. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.