Letter from M. Wilkinson to Mrs. Catherine Smith, Charles Goddard’s mother, reporting on his visit with Charles in the hospital at Gettysburg – July 12, 1863
July 12th 1863.
Mrs Catherine A. Smith,
On visiting the Hospital of our wounded the other day, at Gettesburg, I found your son, Charles E. Goddard, and young Ely together; they were both wounded in the great battle at that place. I found your son very cheerful and confident of recovery. I do not think that there is any great danger in his case. Your son fought bravely, as did all the Minnesotians, and cheerfully submits to the sufferings which only the generous and brave can endure without murmuring.
There are plenty of nurses at this Hospital – kind women and benevolent men from the Free States – are in attendance to see that the brave defenders of our country shall not suffer for any attendance condusive to their comfort or speedy recovery. I hope that you will see him soon again restored to health.
I shall try and have our wounded sent home to Minnesota.
Very Truly Yours,
M. [S.] Wilkinson
See whole letter here: 1863-07-12_Smith_combined
Citation: July 12, 1863, Letter from M. Wilkinson to Mrs. Catherine Smith, Correspondence 1863-1929. Smith, Orrin Fruit and Family Papers, 1829-1932. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1434 box 1]