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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother from camp near the Rapidan River in north-central Virginia – September 28, 1863

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

Camp Near Rapidan River
Sept 28th 1863
Dear Mother
Not long after I had wrote to you from Camp Distribution the order came for the 2nd Corps to go to their Regts and then it was I was sorry that I had wrote to you and told you I thought a letter might get to me before I left, but if one comes up amiss you can account for it in that way.
I came here a few days ago and found the boys all quite well. Charley North will soon be promoted to a Sergeant[;] they did not expect me to come back so soon. I recd a line from Chas Ely not long ago[;] he was getting along fine then, but I suppose Chas keeps his Mother posted and in that case you would know more about him than I wound. Joe was also getting quite well, his game leg almost as well as the other one. The boys in the Co are all the time talking about what a fine time they had on furlough[.] they would fling in the fire for the privlage to visite Brookline[.] in the City of Brookline they wer treated to a nice dinner and invited out in squads to sup & dine with the patriotic people of B., and the Regt has the name of being the most orderly Regt that was their. all most impossible to keep the people from takeing the flag (which has been through a goodly number of fights and presents a very taterd appearance) for keep sakes[*]. but (N.B.) what number of letters the boys weekly receive from the fair ones of Brooklen in which they express their tender regards for the gallant 1st. I saw Lieutenant Ball the other evening, he is quite well, also the Chaplain, he say’s Mrs. Ely is at home. that is the first time I have had any reliable information. I knew she was going home but I could not tell what might turn up to keep her in Philad[elphia]. I hope by this time you are feeling quite well again. the Chaplain received a line from T. Simpson and he did not say anything about your being sick and I concluded you were feeling some better. There was some picket fireing when the boys first came here but none of our Regiment got hurt. we are now under the enemys guns but so maksed behind the woods that they cannot tell whare we are. I am not on duty yet, have no gun.
Wm Sargeant is healthy and strong[,] better known as young Sargeant[,] but known in the Co as 16 string Jack[.]
(a good boy)
Pleas give my best respects to all of my friends & especially tell Eliza Willson if she is there that I have sadly neglected my friends. Remember me to Cousin Hellen[,] little Franky & all the little folks[.]
One  more of the boys that left the Co and enlisted in the Cavalry has been killed[.] Hiram A. Brink is in one of the Hospitals around Washington.
Tell Aunt Lide that I could not get my picture taken in Philad. but the first opertunity I will get it taken and send to her. My love to Brother Orren and yourself[.]
Your Son,
C. E. Goddard
His Mother C. M. Smith

See whole letter: 1863-09-28_Smith_combined

*Goddard refers to the 1st Minnesota National Battle Flag, of which only fragments remain.
See all 1st Minnesota-related flags from Gettysburg.

Citation: September 28, 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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