L407 Soldier's Wife's Pre-War Letter

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L407 wife's letter web.jpg

L407 Soldier's Wife's Pre-War Letter

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Written 14 January 1857 at Burlington to her parents, Mrs. Enlose Davis write to her parents reporting that all are wll but Levi. She claims she has had “quite a time with getherns” on her left hand and one on her right. The big news is the birth of a son whom they have named William who is “as smart as a brier.” Times are difficult; work is limited but they “have a nugh to eat.” Enlose enlisted in September 1863 in the 3rd New Jersey Infantry. He died of disease four months later at Union City, Tennessee. The letter has been folded to make its own envelope, a rather common 19th century practice. Of interest is that someone has pencilled around the folds the birthdates of the Davis children and the fact that “Webster was 10 years old when his father died William 7 years Ella 4 years Rebecca 1 year.” The letter itself is written in ink in very clear penmanship.

 

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