Your Husband, Ben: Letters from the Civil War, Part 4

Woman and Soldiers, Union Army, 1862
Detail of a photo showing a woman with soldiers in a Union Army camp, 1862. Credit: Loc.gov

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4 Responses

  1. Bob Hagenbuch Sr says:

    He really impresses me with his fairly extensive vocabulary. I really like reading old letters, it shows what life was like back then.
    Thanks Mark and Andrew for this series!

    • Andrew Hagenbuch says:

      Thanks, Uncle Bob! The letters have a lot of spelling errors (which have been cleaned up) but otherwise, yes, Ben does have great descriptions of what he sees, feels, etc. The salty language in this one really surprised me when I was working on it too 🙂 He clearly didn’t care for Henry Nolton!

  2. Dorothy Carl says:

    Thanks for taking the time to do such a thorough read of my ancestor’s letters. Your explanatory notes are also very helpful. The letters show that the war was tough on the families back home, as well as the men pushed to endure such things as the raid that Ben describes.

    • Andrew Hagenbuch says:

      Glad you are enjoying them, Dore! They certainly reveal more about the lives of our family and your direct ancestor too. What a great piece of history to still have today.

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