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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about his expectation that he will return to the regiment and how he cannot seem to get paid – August 30, 1863

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

U. S. Genl. Hospital Broad & Cherry St
Philad Pa Aug 30th 1863.
Dear Mother
I have been anxously waiting for a few lines from you since I last wrote but I had no Idea you wer sick until Mrs Eaton came down here to see her son. She said you had been pretty sick, but you wer much better when she left. I was glad to hear that for you will likely soon recover.
I think I shall go to the Regiment in the course of a couple of weeks. I am sory to say that in all probability what boys are in the hospital from our Co without their descriptive list will not get any pay. I have been down stairs to see if Charley Ely’s & my lists were here but nary one and they clerks tell me we cannot get any pay without them. I thought one might get two months pay for we had been mustered for that in the Army but they say here No. I have no clothing nor can I get any until my descriptive comes and when will that be[?] To tell the truth I have to go to the Regt. for clothing. Our Regiment are on Governors Island N.Y. Harbor, how long they will remain their they are ignorant. Colonel Colvell [Colville] is now a Brigadier, making the 5 Brigadier the 1st Minnesota has made since they have been in the servise. One of the Lieutenants of our Regiment stepped off the boat at Alexandria and drowned. There is Nothing of importance to write more. With my respects to all the Friends and love to Brother Orren and yourself I remain your son C E Goddard

I am very much
obliged to you for
that silver half
dollar. I would
like very much
to send this coat
to you but I have
nothing els to ware.
Give my respects
To Cousin Hellen and
a kiss to little Franky


Citation: August 30, 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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