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Letter from Charles Goddard of the 1st Minnesota to his mother about the money he’s sent home, his Christmas meal, and his acquaintances’ activities– December 30, 1863

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

Partial transcription:
Camp 1st Minn Vols Culpeper Va
December 30th 1863
Dear Mother
Your Kind and interesting letter of the 20th of this month duly arrived today. I cannot help but think when I am reading yours of the 20th (for I do it often) that you are having a pretty hard time to get along and at the same time the money I sent you at Falmouth is still in the Bank or a greater portion of it. Now such proceedings are “[plaid]” and if you feel like quiting keeping boarders do so immediately and use all the money I have sent home, do not kill yourself working but try and get along until I get out of the army. [… page 3]
Now when the 1st Minnesota Volunteers go home in the Spring you wont think they are old vets for they are all getting new cloths and fixing up fine[.]
I heard today that General Hancock has returned but I do not know wheather to credit the report or not although it is not impossable[.] Well I hope you will overlook my mistakes for I have been scribeling some to day and I am tired[.]
Respects to all Friends,
Love to Brother Orren and a good share to your self
Chas. E. Goddard

See whole letter here: 1863-12-30_Smith_complete

Citation: December 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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