Friday, August 31, 2012

1862 September 1 Suffield, Conn

[from the diary of the Reverend Francis Butler, future chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]

Mon. 1 Sept – Cars for Suffield – wrote letters read &c
met yesterday Mr Frisbie & Levi Hayden old School
mate at S – now members of Windsor Ch – glad
to see me & I them.
Pope writes that he had a great Battle Friday on
field of  Old Bull Run & whip?  rebels loss 8,000
killed & wounded on our side – next day rebels
had advantage of us – Suffield voted today
to raise some few over quota & pay $200 bounty to
each -  all – Mrs. Southmayd told me that when
she asked Mr. Hales Son – (16 yrs old – but large & strong) why he
enlisted – he ansd. “Why Auntie D. ye spose I am going
to let the rebels lick us”!   he told the recruiting officer
that he would be 18 in July - & responded to his aunt when
called to task for it – well so I shall if I live long eno –
     Old Dea. Morgan a tall white haired man called
to see me Sat. Eveg  – father of present Gov. of  N. York –
the Suffield Company today chose Johnson Capt - & Corgin
1st Lieut.  Rain at night –

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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