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Letter from Charles Goddard to his younger brother and uncle, reporting on his mother’s activities since her arrival in Philadelphia – July 26, 1863

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

Broad and Cherry Street
Philadelphia
July 26th 1863
Dear Brother Orren
Mother is withe me, she is stoping at the hotell not far from here, she says you are out to Uncle John’s. and I know you are getting along fine for you must be a pretty brave boy by this time[.]
Mother is coming back to
Winona in a few days
Good by
Charley


Uncle JC
Mother desired me to write a few lines to Brother and knowing as I do that he is with you I take the liberty to direct in your name also to write a few lines to you[.]
Mother arrived here a few days ago, it surprised me very much indeed to see her comming up the steps in this ward[,] and Mrs Ely her companion[.] They have been distributing eatibles to the wounded 1st[.] wine: cake: jelly: &c[,] but it is against orders and I think they had better do as all the rest do that come here – give to the matron[.] they would not do that at first thinking the matron would not give it to the 1st Minn boys. The Matron gives to those that she has on her diet book and they ar soldiers that are wounded so bad they cant eat the regular grub that is served to us, so if a Minn boys happens to be on the diet book he will rec[eive] the same attention that any boddy does[.]
All of the boys out of our Company are getting along fine. Most all in this Hosp are slightly wounded[;] only a few bad or[,] as the Doctor calls them[,] “interesting cases”[.]
They are drafting in the city, now no body attempts to resist the draft.
There are about 700 Patiants in this Hospt, some 72 in this Ward. Mother and Mrs Ely went out to Chestnuts Hill Hospt looking up the Min boys yesterday, they found a good many names there and saw a good many of the Regt[.]
Tell Brother Mother desires him to be a good boy untill she comes back[.]
I thought I would write a few words so that he could read them, maby it will pleas him[.]
I recd a letter from Laird McCormic and he say’s that Aunt and Mr Miller are down to Gran-Father. Gran Father and Miller went as far as Harrisburg for state defence[.]
Nothing more at present[.]
With respect
CE Goddard
Respects to Aunt and Mrs Black
Love to Brother and Willie

See full letter: 1863-07-26_Smith_combined

Citation: July 26, 1863, Letter from Charles Goddard to his mother (Catherine Smith), Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]

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