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Letter from Charles Ely of the 1st Minnesota to an unnamed friend – April 27, 1863

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

Ely was a friend of Charles Goddard’s from Winona (and Company K) and this letter was found with Goddard’s letters to his mother.

Camp before Fredricksburg           April 27th 1863.
Dear Friend
Your kind letter of the 13th was received yesterday, containing a pocket hankerchief[.] For this I thank you, it is not only a usefull article but evry time I see it it puts me in mind of the kind friend who sent it.  Such a gift is one of the greatest encouragements to a soldier. he knows then that he is not forgotten by his former friends.  The papers tonight are full of encouraging news, and I hope soon that they will have the opertunity to chronicle some from the army of the Potomac.  The weather is favorable for ar move and if it continues so, I think the army will not lay idle long. We are all in good spirits[;] one great reason is we have just received our pay.  Charlie is well and will write shortly. I remain as ever,
you freind
Chas. E. Ely


Citation: April 27, 1863, Letter from Charles Ely to a “friend”, Correspondence 1853-1862. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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