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May 18, 2013

Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother – May 18, 1863

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

Falmouth Depot Va
May 18th 1863
Dear Mother, your kind letters dated the 30th April 3rd May 5 do and one dated the 11th came duly to hand this evening[.] The ones dated 30 April 3d and 5th May has been without doubt been misplaced and faild to come through as quick as the one dated 18th.
Henry Boyson has returned from his furlough, and he looks fine, as if he had enjoyed himself[.] He came to me and told me he was very sorry that he could not fetch the things you wanted to send, he had so much he could not carry all the things and as his time was fast going he could not bother with a [trinket.] I am very much obliged to kind mother for the things you would have sent had you the chance[.] I am getting along fine here[,] we are not over 40 rods from the Depot where all the Army Supplys come too and can most any moment walk down and buy what little things we need.  it may be a little crowded but a Soldier can soon get through a crowd if his education befitting a Soldier is complete.  again I thank you very much for what you would have sent[,] also my sincere thanks to Mrs. Neff for her interest in my wellfare.  Pleas give my thanks to Matthew and Thomas Norton[,] Aunt Mary Jane[,] Uncle Will and to all[.]  tell them that I and as thanktful as if I had recd the good things[.]  Tell Albert Moss and Henry Dale that I send them my very best wishes for their future welfare[.]  How you came to get their pictures is a mystery in my mind. Charley Ely and myself thought them lost[.] He did not put them in the office[.] I nor any one in our tent did not and when they were missing we thought them stolen, as their was a letter with five Dollars inclosed in it close by the pictures. I think some person put them in the office thinking to do us a favor. The pictures were very poor and I thought I would not have any taken but Charley wanted one to send home and he being too dark to take good we got them taken to gather, you can see in the one you have got that the man was in a great hurry, he painted the parts before the picture was dry consiquently the paints look streaked.  All I want now is that mock tie and then don’t put your self to any more trouble on my account[.]  I don’t need any thing more at presant.  You may not think the excuse I give for Henry not taking those things a good one but to tell the truth let Henry [beg] whare he may and they ask him any favor and he cannot refuse when he had ought for their sake as well as his own[.] he is one of that good naturd kind of boys that is willing but still not able to do any body favors.  I would like to know how you get along with that lot of yours, have you got the taxes all paid and evry thing strait[?]
Orren wrote me a little letter not long since and I failed to answer it[.]
Dear Brother Orren
I Got your nice little letter a good while ago and it was a nice one
Your Brother Chas Goddard

See full letter here: 1863-05-18_Smith_combined

Citation: May 18, 1863, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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