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Letters; one from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about camp life and another to Ignatius Donnelly from his mother regarding various family matters and congratulations on the election – November 23, 1862

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

Falmouth Va
Sunday November 23d 1862
Dear Mother If my memry dose not fail me I have not wrote to you since we left Bolivar Heights.
The mails have been so very irregular that if I wrote a letter I would have to carry it a week before I could send it off. I can tell you it dose not require a great length of time in my pocket to ware a letter out.  I have jest returned from meeting. the Reverend Mr. Conway of Winona delivered his first serman to the 1st Regt to day. I suppose you know him. he is a Methodist and yousto live up near Lewises house[.]
I am very glad to hear the city of Winona is being rebuilt. I cannot help but think that it will make Winona a City such a one as it should although it has been a great loss to some of the firms[.] they cant help but think of the money they have made thare and will rebuild much finer buildings, such as are in progress now. The rail road in Winona I hear is being completed fast and that will make Winona quite a grain depot as well as all the produces of a farm. grain will be bought in the country and shiped to Winona on the cars and from there to the Eastern market on board of the boats or the farmers will ship there own grain to Winona and sell it to grain buyers in the City. We are paying very high prices for evry thing we get here[.] tobacco is from $1.00 to $1.50 a plug and smokig tobacco $0.75 a paper[.] chees 50 cts per pound flour 10 cts per pound gees $1.50 a peace and beef 15 cts pound and can hardly get any of these things at these prices[.]
The weather has been very fine until the last day or two it has been disagreeable, I hardly feel any interest in this war since General McCllelens removell it was a grand mistake and I think they will rue the day they took him from the comand of the army of the Potomac. They will keep Gen Burnside in a little while and then the Editors of the papers through the country will rais the cry. he is doing nothing and tho people will take it up after them, untill the President thinks he had better put another one in and let old stone wall Jackson get after him, and chase him back to Washington. Then they will begin to think there is no man in the world like little McClellan after all
Give my love to Brother Orren
And best respects to all of my friends
Your son C. E. Goddard
We are not far from the City of Fredricksburg it is jest a cross the Rappahannock River
The Rebbles are in possession of the city


Citation: November 23, 1862 Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1853-1862. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

To Donnelly:
Dear Igy, we received your last a few days ago. […]
I think your aspirations are not too great: for if I live, I am in hopes to see you President of the Union. […]


Citation:  November 23, 1862 Letter from “Mother” Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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