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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother and a letter from Marvin O. Farnsworth of the Fifth Minnesota Regiment, Company “F”, to his sister – March 26, 1863

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

From Goddard:
Camp near Falmouth
March 26th 1863
Dear Mother[,] your kind letter dated the 15th of this month, I received last evening[.] For the past two or three days, I have not been doing any duty, on account of my leg which I spraind playing ball. the necessaty of keeping still a few days I saw wright off, and acordingly did so.  The swelling is going down, and I think it will be as well as evr in a few days[.] The Irish Brigade celebrated St. Patricks day with great pomp. General Meagher supertinding the sports. First on the list came a horse race, the officers only being alowed on the course.   The course was about a mile long, with four places for to jump over, one being on the first[,] second[,] third[,] and fourth quarter of the mile[.] On the first heat, after the bugal had been blown for them to start and when they came to the first jump, there was three horseman dismounted[.] They wer very poor horsemen. Gen Meagher[‘s] horse won the first race and the second was won by a Lieut in Artilery[.] I don’t know what his name was, then came the foot race and a number of other things that I did not stop to see for the officers wer all getting drunk and it was not safe for a private who had to take it on foot or not at all, so I took my leave with a not very good opinion of Gen Meagher and his gallant Irish Brigade[.] There was a number of men run over and hurt, but I guess there was none killed, although I heard there was one killed.   There was [9] men in Hancocks Division that had their hair shaved part off and the other half being left on to make it look bad and then drummed out of the U.S. service through the Division that was drawn up in line.  they marched to the tune of the Rogues march.  they did not seem to care much and looked as if they wer glad enough to get out of the service that way.  I have not forgot what you told me before I left home[,] that if I could not be something better than a corporal I would remain a private. I am not a corporal and more than that I don’t intend to be[.]  Brink has come back, he has been off on a furlough to Steuben Co New York and he fetched with him a satchel full of cakes and butter so I think our squad will live on the top shelf for a while[.]  I do not think that there will be any more furloughs given[.]  I have heard that the river is open, prety early I think[.] Mr Warner of our company has gone home to Winona on a sick furlough[.] you need not take every thing he sais for true[;] he tell some prety big stories.  I have not the least fear but you will be treated as good as a person could wish[.] I should think, after reading your last letter, that you wer enjoying yourself and very glad am I to hear it.  I should not feel half as good, if I should hear that you wer neglected by evry body[.] Mother enjoy your self as much as you can and do not trouble your self about me, for I think I can get along very well. We received those socks and mittens that wer sent in behalf of the Ladies of Winona, and are very much obliged to them.  Capt Periam has come back and he brought that bundle you sent to me[.] The Captain looks very well.  I would recommend the climate of Minn for sick folks[.] I would like very much to try it my self although I am not sick[.] I am very much obliged to you for those things you sent by the Capt to me[.]
Tell Orren to hurry and write[.] I am looking for a letter from him every day
Give my best respects to all my Friends
Your son Chas E Goddard
K Co
P.S. Those papers that I promised to send to you, I have not received myself[.] I sent the money but did not get the paper[.]

See Goddard’s whole letter here: 1863-03-26_Smith_combined

From Farnsworth:
Jackson Tenn March 26th 1863., General Hospital No 1
dear sister
I received yours of the 20th and was very glad to hear from you[.] your letter found me in pretty good condition but I have ben pretty bad off[,] but I am reganing my health very fast[.] I haven’t ben confined to my bed over a week since I came here and I think there is a fare prospect of my getting well right of[.] the doctor tells me that he will give me a discharge if he should I will return home sone[.] I don’t think I will ever be fit for the cervice again on the acount of my lungs[;] they are very weak and they wont ever be sound again[.] I haven’t received any money yet from Uncle Sam and that is the most inconvenient of it all[.]
I received a letter from Ed and he wanted me to send an order to Wm Hendricks for that money he oed me and I will send it to you and you se that Mother gets it for she stands in nead of it[.] I think I will be home in about 5 weeks but don’t look for me untill I come[.] but you must wright so I can hear from you if I shouldn’t come[.] I send my respects to all of the folks and acquaintences[.] I will end up hoping to hear from all of you often[.] I remain yours truly[,] Marvin O Farnsworth

direct to General Hospital No 1 Ward F Jackson Tenn

Note: Marvin O. Farnsworth would die on August 11, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee

See whole Farnsworth letter here: 1863-03-26_Farnsworth_combined

March 26, 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]
March 26, 1863, Letter from Marvin O. Farnsworth to his sister. Farnsworth (Jerome and Family) papers, undated, 1861-1902. Minnesota Historical Society. [P513]

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