Your Husband, Ben: Letters from the Civil War, Part 3

Sketch Battle Hatcher's Run 1865
Detail of a sketch of the Battle of Hatcher's Run as published in Harper's Weekly

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4 Responses

  1. Dave+Hagenbuch says:

    another good bit of family history!!!! “Keep the letters coming” “All are appreciated”!!!!

  2. Bob Carl says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I think Jackson and John may refer to Ben’s wife’s younger brothers, Jackson and John Ammerman. I think they were running a general store in Bloomsburg established by their father, Bernard Ammerman.

    Best,

    Bob Carl

  3. Robert Carl III says:

    Some observations from reading these letters from my great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Hagenbuch:

    I am struck by how Ben worries about money, or the lack thereof, for his dear wife Jane and their children. His pay is often in arrears.

    Ben eagerly awaits Jane’s letters. They help him deal with the tedium of camp life, but it appears they may not always be timely delivered, if at all.

    Ben is a devoted husband and father and regrets he can’t do more for his family while he is in the army.

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