Dear Sister: The Civil War Letters of the Brothers Gould by Robert F. Harris, John Niflot

By Robert F. Harris, John Niflot

This choice of 139 letters from six of the seven Gould brothers who left their houses in significant big apple to struggle for the Union military types a relocating depiction, not just of existence at the entrance strains of the Civil conflict, yet of existence at the domestic entrance in addition. those letters, written to their loved sister Hannah, span the complete 4 years of the clash and run the gamut from preliminary enlistment to eventual loss of life or discharge. in the course of the eyes of the Goulds, an immigrant English kin suffering to make a brand new existence, one is ready to event this significant American historic occasion with a brand new understanding.Unfortunately, Hannah's letters to her brothers on the entrance are misplaced ceaselessly, sufferers of the combating; however the bright responses of her brothers communicate to her personal questions and matters in regards to the situation that used to be tearing households aside. With simply minor annotation and modification, those letters inform a most crucial tale of separation and family switch. They show the plight of somebody family members in the course of turmoil.

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They are tired of lying in camp and doing nothing towards putting down the rebelion. Our armey 36 Dear Sister is now large enough if rightly manouvered to end this war in a short time. Let us put our trust in God and keep our powder dry and we will soon whip the rebels, and then we can see each other once more and talk of the Glories of War. I have not seen aney of the Boys [brothers] yet but hope I shall soon. It is imposssiable to get a pass to go aney where now but I hope it will not be so long.

I feel better this morning. If I where at home I would soon get well. When this war is over and I return home, I wish we could manige it some way so that you and I and Marvin could live together, for I always wanted to live with you. Give my love to all of the folks. Tell them to write to me. My hand trembles so that I can hardly write. A person may be well some day and be dead the next. I . . felt better than I did when I commenced writting this letter. Yesterday we buried a man. He was well when we came here.

I was very glad to hear it and also that the frost had not done any damage to the crops. I am sorrey to hear of Wesley being wounded but think that his wounds must be slight. I hope that he will get over it soon. 3 of our Co are sick, F. [Frank] Francisco is one of them. There is not much news in camp to day. I have got all of my bounty money but it goes very fast. I write this in haste. You must read it the best way you can. Tell George to write & the rest also. Tell Gertrude to be a good girl & when the war 1862 31 is over I will come home & see her again.

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