The Letters of John M. Jackson– May 30, 1863

On one of his usual treasure hunts in Maine, our CEO, Will Seippel  stumbled upon a massive collection of letters that belonged to a soldier in the Civil War. These letters will be published in chronological order in The Insider over the coming weeks, months and years, as we follow John Mower Jackson’s personal victories and struggles within the greater national struggle of the Civil War. Click here to read our introduction to this new column that sets the stage with our soldier’s background story.

Cambridge Port May 30, 1863

My Dear Cousin John

I suppose you think strange that I have not written you for so long a time but when I tell you the reason I have not written you will pardon me for not writing you for so long a time. I have been sick ever since I received your letter untill within a few weeks they were some what alarmed about me for some time I went to a new Doctor and he sayed I should have to be very careful of my self and keep my feet very dry he sayed it had been about me for so long that it would be a long time before I got over it if ever. I am quite smart now & I don’t do to much & get along very well & suppose your Dear Nell has informed you that I have changed my name. You sayed you would like to see me before I changed my name but it

Will not make any difference you write just the same as yo ever did. Perhaps you would like to know how I like married life. I would not be single for anything in the world I am perfectly happy and well contented. I live in the house with Angy Howlette. It  is a very pleasant place it is on the corner of Washington and fine & I will send you a pic of my dress. I have not much news to write. I suppose you are posted in the down East n—. Uncle Enoch Howlette got home yesterday night lost the T (?) Mogh Regt. Sarah and Henry and darling little Emma is quite smart she has got two teeth (?) How I wish you could see her Oh Dear Cousin you don’t know how much I want to see you it seems as though I could not wait for you to come home and if  I don’t have a chance to see you in the City I shal feel very sorry write just as soon as you get this I will send you a paper at the same time do write if you don’t I shall feel so bad and after you go and wake you folks a good visit you must come and see me and take

Delora with you wont you Cousin John I shall be looking for a letter from you every day now do write soon I do so long to hear from you John it has now been a long time since I heard from you C(?) Morse came from down East Thursday so I got all the news fresh she share and came to see me this Summer Delora has been telling she would come when I got  married now she has got no excuse for not coming tell her perhaps I can get her a man that is if she wanted one and as for you  you are well provided for if I could only see you I could say many things I cannot write I am very glad that Leonard is so well I hope he will get well again I must now close write soon

From your Ever True Cousin Mary

We have our first letter from John’s cousin Mary. She writes to John to apologize for not writing for so long since she’s been sick, and also with some surprising news- that she’s gotten married. She enjoys her new life more than anything and is eager to send John a picture of her dress. Marriage seems to be the only thing on her mind, and she even offers to set Delora and John up with someone if they ever come visit. We imagine John got tired of the subject very quickly…


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