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  1. NH Civil War Gal

    My wife should feel encouraged!

    By John Beatty, from "The Citizen Soldier" 1862 "My letters from home have fallen into the hands of John Morgan. The envelopes were picked up in the road and forwarded to me. My wife should feel encouraged. It is not everybody's letters that are pounced upon at midnight, taken at point of...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Juicy Gossip! William Tecumseh Sherman's "Mulatto Wife"

    Excerpt from the journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (1848-1889) Tuesday January 3, 1865: Gen. Kilpatrick was supposedly no better-I posted this too: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/more-juicy-gossip-general-hugh-judson-kilpatricks-mulatto-mistress-nellie.165617/
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Love's Eternal Fuzzy Triangle, A Doggy Story

    Sorry it's so long- worth the read, honest! It's a familiar theme, boy meets dog, boy meets girl, girl iffy on her competition... Next post- I said it was long.......
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Or, The Tale Of Two Condiments 1864

    I'd be crabby too. The things you find in your bed, huh? Yes, sorry. Another newspaper story! Also sorry to mislead anyone because there's only one condiment, two men. Really couldn't help sharing this. We girls try to be helpful, honest, it just doesn't always go very well. Of course, on the...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " I Think Of Thee, I Think Of Thee ", A Prisoner's Ode To His Love, His Wife

    Unidentified couple from the amazing gift the Liljenquist family made to all of through LoC. It's the photo Captain Beaudry's poem written while prisoner in Libby's tobacco warehouse Richmond made me think of, no idea why. Both are evocative of the war, maybe, and the couples whose thoughts of...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    "Wife Wanted" Missouri, Godey's Lady's Book Lends Cupid A Hand (With Footnotes)

    A letter Sarah Hale had the kindness ( and sense of humor ) to print deserves a bride out of Godey's Lady's Book This is wonderful. Little pre-war, Godey's received a letter that must have tickled Hale- she printed it. Some terms and references might be obscure- thought I'd add footnotes...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Pages From Time, A Sealed And Stamped Story; LoC's Civil War Envelopes

    Postmarked Washington, DC, this envelope from LoC's collection is addressed to a Rossville, NY wife and mother. Understandably missing from History's pages, we hear nothing of her- just this envelope and a census or two. Any envelope postmarked ' Washington, DC ', to her, could have been from...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " Wanted- A Wife ", Cupid's Hopeful Era Classified Ads

    Traditional ways of carrying off one's bride varied! This NYPL era image, a Russian wedding whereby groomsmen galloped off after the galloping-off couple, pretending to harass the groom who was pretending to have swiped his bride seems exhausting. But kinda fun. More sedate? Placing a...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Be It Ever So Humble; There's No Place Like War

    The Duncan House, near Mannasas Park was HQ to the 12 Pennsylvania Cavalry when Timothy O'Sullivan took this, also a hospital, poor guys. Must have been a yellow stone or paint- you see it called " Yellow Hospital ", this from 1862. In the interests of who may have calld it ' home ', could...
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