Monthly Archives: July 2012

“They are Wooden Heads”

Sick, hungry, and fed up with Army politics pretty much describes Robert Patterson’s letter to his father on July 24, 1862.  First, Robert tells his father that he has been sick since his last letter.  Second, he notes that heavy … Continue reading

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Lilly Writes Aunt Julia

On July 20, 1862, a niece of Julia Patterson, Lilly, wrote from Paducah, Kentucky.  The letter is a “newsy” one describing the weather, her visit to Cincinnati and Louisville, and rumors of Confederate cavalry attacking Paducah.  (Transcript of Lilly letter, … Continue reading

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Stephen Writes from Clarks Burg

On July 17, 1862, Stephen wrote his mother after receiving a letter from her indicating she was anxiously waiting to hear from him.  In his letter, he reports that he is doing well — he feels great, the rations are good, … Continue reading

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