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Letter to Rebecca Jackson Williams from her son
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Ephraim Williams, b. 1837 in Deerfield, Massachusetts, enlisted in the Union Army August 27, 1862. He served in Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia during the Civil War and afterwards on the Kansas frontier where he was wounded in an "action with the Cheyenne Indians" in 1867. The letter to his mother reveals his re-enlistment in 1864 for the "need of our Country." He asks for money from his older brother, William, for cloth for his shirts and requests that Eliza, his unmarried sister, make them before he arrives home "so she may have more leisure time then." Soldiers at that time supplied their own clothing.
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