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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about sending money and requesting a tie – April 29, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:30 am

Camp near Falmouth
April 29th, 1[8]63
Dear Mother I recd your kind letters, one that had a pocket hand kerchif and the other apirantly wrote shortly after. I am very thankful to get the things you send me but I can not let you send me without something to get with.  We have been paid off and I here inclose $30.00 Thirty Dollars for you[.] I have gave up the idea of going to Pa for there are two men ahead of me and it will be 30 days before I can go and maby not then [to] I think as you must need the money I will jest send it to you. I want two little things I wish you would send me, a silk neck tie[,] not a very larg one and one of those kind that I yousto ware, to use my own expression “a Sailors tie” and a fine (good) [fine] come one that will not brake, these are all the things I want under the sun and I dont want you to keep sending things all the time. I have kept money aneugh to buy all the little necessary articles I want and if I cant get them I can go without them. You will have some news from the Army of the Potomac before long. I was on picket yesterday and before I went I gave [Brink] instructions to send off Harpers to you if we moved befor I got back and we had orders so he sent them to you[.] I guess you will get them[.]
Good bye Mother.
& Brother
Tell Brother Orren that I am sorry that I have not time to answer his little letter[.]
I am in a hurry
Chas. E Goddard

See whole letter here: 1863-04-29_Smith_combined

Citation: April 29, 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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