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“I shall endeavor to do my duty”

Frustration is clearly evident in this letter from Robert Patterson to Colonel J. F. Harrison in Dayton, Ohio.  The letter, sent August 7, 1862, is primarily about Union Army politics, the need for good leadership in the 61st OVI, and … Continue reading

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Robert Still at Sperryville

On August 2, 1862, the 61st OVI, which is part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division of the I Corps, is still located at Sperryville, Virginia.  In his letter, Robert tells his father that they are waiting at Sperryville for … Continue reading

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“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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