From Abbie to Dear Sister (Probably Allie), September 7, 1862

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From Abbie to Dear Sister (Probably Allie), September 7, 1862


Dear Sister (Probably Allie)
Charlestown, MA.


From Abbie to Dear Sister (Probably Allie)




Jerome Peirce Collection, National Park Service


HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington




NPS, Civil War Study Group, Donald Pfanz (Transcriber)


For educational purposes with no commercial use. Courtesy of National Park Service, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, FRSP 16095-16102 (FRSP-00904).


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Letter #9


Charlestown, MA.

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Charlestown, Sunday Sept. 7th 1862.
My Dear Sister,
It is Sunday noon and I have just taken dinner and stolen away to my room to talk with your dear self. Have been to Sunday School and church. Oh if you could have heard Dr Ellis it would have done your soul good. His text was “The summer is ended and we are not saved” Jerh. 8th 20th. Reference to our Country, and though not saved he says we are not lost and must not dispair [sic]. I never saw him so much affected. Some of the time he could hardly speak. Last night I sent Mrs. E. a little note of welcome home as she is my teacher, and mentioned in it that three of our home circle had left for the war, and to-day when Dr E. prayed so fervently for those who had gone and those left behind I knew a part of it was for us. After church he said “Miss Jaquith, how do you do,” and pressed my hand so kindly. Miss E. also had a long chat with me and talked so kindly about those gone.
Oh how much I have to say, and how earnestly I am thinking of you all. And, Hattie, you must comfort each other. I have [?] so much upon seeing Will all the week, oh, was I not seurprised [sic]! But how pleasant for Frank. I know, dear one, it looks sad and lonely to you everywhere, but there is One who never forsakes us. Will he not seem very near now?
How I do wish I could visit the Camp[.] it does seem as though I must see Will and Frank once more.
Did you know Benj. B. Edmands is in the same regiment with Jerome. Last night called at Capt Bradshaw’s[,] Miss Stetson and Mary Wyman. Everybody has so many kind inquiries for you. Oh how pleasant to have so many friends.
About eleven o’clk, last night, a fire broke out just opposite and such a time in the streets, all the engines out and a collection. It did not prove serious but I got up and dressed me.
How is our dear Lu-lu. Oh, I would love to be with you all so much, but it is best that we should be separated so let us be cheerful.
How is Mother? How hard it must be for her to do so much, but hope she is not getting sick. And Father too, how lonely he will feel. But you must all take care of each other.
Mary must give my love to Jennie and[?] hopes soon to hear good tidings of all absent ones. Your loving Sister

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Abbie 1862, From Abbie to Dear Sister (Probably Allie), September 7, 1862, HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington


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