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Higgins, Patrick to Fannie Schoonmaker

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02164.09 Author/Creator: Higgins, Patrick Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: no date Pagination: 3 p. ; 19.7 x 24.3 cm.

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Summary of Content: The letter has the same stamp as letter #8, so it could also have been written while Higgins was fighting in the Peninsular Campaign. Hopes the time will soon come when they will be reunited. Says he takes a great deal of comfort in writing, and therefore hopes to tell her all about his life. Has coughed often and complains of having a bad cold. He is not the only man who is sick; one man in Chasley was left behind on account of his illness. Higgins's company took him in when they found him. Felt very bad upon learning of the death of one T. Taylor.

Background Information:

People: Higgins, Patrick, fl. 1859-1862
Reese, David, fl. 1859-1862
Johnson, Charles, fl. 1859-1862
Schoonmaker, Fannie, fl. 1859-1862

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Military HistoryCivil WarUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterInfantryArmy of the PotomacHealth and MedicalLove LettersDeath

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