By Robert F. Harris, John Niflot
This number of 139 letters from six of the seven Gould brothers who left their houses in significant ny to struggle for the Union military varieties a relocating depiction, not just of lifestyles at the entrance strains of the Civil warfare, yet of existence at the domestic entrance besides. those letters, written to their cherished sister Hannah, span the full 4 years of the clash and run the gamut from preliminary enlistment to eventual dying or discharge. in the course of the eyes of the Goulds, an immigrant English family members suffering to make a brand new lifestyles, one is ready to adventure this significant American ancient occasion with a brand new understanding.Unfortunately, Hannah's letters to her brothers on the entrance are misplaced endlessly, sufferers of the struggling with; however the shiny responses of her brothers converse to her personal questions and matters in regards to the drawback that was once tearing households aside. With in simple terms minor annotation and modification, those letters inform a most vital tale of separation and family switch. They exhibit the plight of someone relations in the course of turmoil.
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Write as soon as you receive this. So good bye for this time. Direct as before [Wesley Gould] We’ll meet again when Storms are over, and the ills of life are past. When partings rend the heart no more, We’ll meet. We’ll meet at last. a a a Headquarters Mur[r]y plantation Fenwick Island S C Apr 26th 1862 [Sunday] Dear Brother, I now embrace the oppurtunity of writting a few lines to you. I hope that you will forgive me for not writting before. I am well and I hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same blessing.
It was Satterday. We slept on the ground that night. William is well to day, onely the march was to mutch for him yesterday. We marched from camp marce yesterday twelve miles. We marched one mile and a half out of the way, so we had to come back. It was after eight Oclock when we got here to camp upton. Here we found the other boys that is in the Suliven Co regiment. We are now encamp here togeather and I hope that we shall stay togeather. Richard is well. He says he [h]as wrote home four letters and he will not write any more till he gets one from home.
Marvin wanted to know what I thought it was best to do with my Hefier. You can do what you think best. It is so very cold that I cannot write aney more. Give my love to all of the folks. This leaves me well. I hope it will find you enjoying the same blessing. Good bye. Wesley Gould Direct as before a a a Camp Bliss [Virginia] Nov 26th 1862 [Wednesday] Dear Brother, It is with plasure that I write to you. I cant write mutch that would be intresing to you. I can tell you that I am well and enjoy good health most of the time witch is one of the gratest blesings on earth, and I hope this will find you the same.
Dear Sister: The Civil War Letters of the Brothers Gould by Robert F. Harris, John Niflot