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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about a souvenir he sent for his brother, other family matters, a disagreement with his mother regarding McClellan, and his complaints about other officers – February 14, 1863

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

Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about a souvenir he sent for his brother, other family matters, a disagreement with his mother regarding McClellan, and his complaints about other officers – February 14, 1863

Camp Near Falmouth Va
February 14th 1863
Dear Mother I recd your kind letter this morning it was dated the 28th and 30th of Jan. I am very glad to hear that you still continue in good health and that Brother Orren is fast recovering from the hooping cough. I think that after he has growen some taller that he will grow some thicker and be a goodeal healthier than he is at the preasant, although he has a very small frame. I would like to know if you have a lettr that I wrote at Camp Stone. it was one I wrote jest after payday and I had the measles so I could hardly see out of my eyes[.] John [Southward] wrote some in it and then directed it to Uncle Will and he was to give it to you, the money if not letter[.] he may of kept the lettr. If you would like to see one of the letters that is the one to look at[.] the cup I spoke about is on the way[.] I sent it in a letter box that Mr Ross carried with him[.] He is going to leave the box at Randles harness shop and you can call there and get the cup. I think you will have no trouble, it is a small cup and looks as if it mite be china but I think it is not[.] I directed it to you. Ely is well. I think he has changed but very little since he left home[.] I suppose I cannot see it if he has for I see him evry day and would not be likely to notice any change[.] I am going to give Brother an example in mental arithmetic. I do not think he can do it for it has puzled older heads than his it is as followes[…]


See whole letter: 1863-02-14_Smith_combined

Citation: February 14, 1863, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1853-1862. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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