Letter requesting son’s remains explaing she doesn’t want remains “to be trodden on by those that slain him” – May 1, 1862
Letter from Mrs. M. S. Tilson to Governor Ramsey requesting her son’s remains.
“Lake City May 1st/62
Gov Ramsey Dear Sir
In looking over the list of killed of the 1st Battery of Light Artillery Minn 1st My son is among [the] them: none but a Mother can sympathize with me in this hour of affliction he was 18 years of age and went with my consent[.] Noble Boy[.] he has lain down his life for his country[.] may God give me strength in this hour of Affliction. I ask one boon and that is his Body[.] grant me this and a Mothers prayers and blessing will follow you. his Father died when he was 4 years old and I have reared and Educated him and his younger Brother[.] could you have his remains coffined and sent to me it [will] a great relief and sooth my aching heart[.] hard for me to believe that my son is no more and yet harder still to feel that remains shall molder and crumble in that rebel land to be trodden by those that have slain him[.] my own Fatherless boy sleepless nights and days of anguish, will be my lot. none to share my sorrow. My son went out from Winona County—Richard [O] Tilson[.]
Should a hospital be opened for the sick and wounded soldiers, will you grant me the Position of Matron[?] Mr. Thomas Simpson of Winona or Rev.ed David [Beurtt] of the same place as reference from the [P__ss][.] The matter has been suggested[.] I have filled a position of the king family.
Yours Truly M S Tilson”
Citation: May 1, 1862 Letter from Mrs. M. S. Tilson, Letters Received–Requests for Assistance. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.