Having received intelligence that my son was wounded, Orlando Staples, I though it best to write to you thinking perhaps you would know all about it, as there is not any one of the privates that I know in his company.
I want you to write all that you know about him for I shall feel very anxious indeed. Tell me all, let it be good and bad for I want to know the worst, nothing but the whole truth will satisfy me. Please write as soon as possible and oblige your friend.
Sophia Staples to William McArthur [McArthur Family Papers]
My Dr Sir
Your favor of the 15th is before me – I am much obliged for the copies of orders [illegible]. I suppose you have had sent you some 200 conscripts, which will prevent your being relieved from service as you requested – your Regt being in the first Army Corps is the first to be recruited with conscripts – hope you will be able to get get at least an other 200, which I think you will – altho the draft will not give to exceed 315,4000 conscripts – In the mean time remain.
Governor of Maine, Abner Coburn to A. B. Farnham [Augustus Bowman Farnham Papers]
I shall be in Augusta on the 2nd Sunday in Sept. (the 13th) and would like to know if you will be at home at that time. I shall arrive in A. on Saturday and shall leave on Monday following. If there is an opportunity of my seeing you I wish to improve it – I intend to leave here next week and if you expect to be in H. at the time [...] I should be glad if you wd. inform me soon.
William T. Stowe to Thomas Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers]
My dear Lizzie,
I was very glad indeed to hear from you again. I wish I could see you, which would be far better. Rowland has not yet come home and I don;t know when he will come – though I shall look for him now everyday a little. I think he will go to Augusta if he can. But he has been away so much more yet than he anticipated, that I suppose he’ll feel as if he must hurry home as soon as possible. I hope he can go to Augusta – It would be so pleasant to see some one right from Otis. He was with Perry when he wrote last. Perry has lost an arm close up to the shoulder. I don’t know which one. Rowland said he was very much frustrated by it. The shock to his system was very great. [...]
Mary Ellen “Ella” Howard to her sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ann Waite [Oliver Otis Howard Papers]
It strikes me we might be a little more sisterly in the way of corresponding and yet I know it takes a good deal of time to write letters and you especially have very little to spare with your little family and your letters to Otis. For my own part, I don’t know but it is as much laziness as anything else that keeps me from writing for I have been intending to send you my love and congratulations ever since the deal little baby came. But you have them now and will you please kiss the little fellow for his Auntie. I want very much to see him. I wish it wasn’t such a journey between Augusta and Farmington – and such an almost impossible journey with little children. I do wish you could come up and bring all four of them this summer. Is it quite out of the question? I should so love to have you. [...]
Mary Ellen Patten [Ella] to her sister-in-law Elizabeth Ann Waite [Oliver Otis Howard Papers]