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Cambridge
Wednesday evening
March 18th

Dear Aggie: we were all glad
to see your note to Storrow yester
day, being the second in your
own handwriting, and telling
us, as it did, of your own
continued improvement, and
the increasing size and beauty
of the baby. And here to let me
enter my earnest remonstrances
against his being called any
longer, by the odious and un
fitting name of "Pickle" be
fore you and George realize the
fact this nickname will be
attached to him for his whole
childhood, and as he grows
older, you may regret having
ever bestowed it on him, even
in fun. If unlike all other
Christian parents I ever heard
of / you refuse to give
your son a lawful name
of his own, by which he

Sideways:

I have a good deal more to say, but don't think you
ought to read a longer letter- will write again soon
Love to
George &
Hatty.
We all
wish you
would not
drink any
more coffee
the baby
will be
a nervous
excitable
child as
surely as you
do
Charley Lowell just
(engaged to Miss Effie Shaw
sister to Curtis' wife of Slater Island)

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Annie Higginson wrote to her sister Agnes and included news (or the lack thereof) of the campaign in Florida of the regiment of African Americans led by their uncle Thomas Wentworth Higginson and of the battle Kelly's Ford where two other relatives were fighting with the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. This letter points up the sometimes sketchy information received by families and the public of campaigns during the Civil War. Initial news would come through to the newspaper, and then families and friends would wait eagerly to hear the rest of the story. The telegraph was used extensively for relaying news of battles and other engagements, both to civilian newspapers and to higher ups in government, including President Abraham Lincoln. Annie writes that because a telegram had not been received, the family felt better about fate of the two cavalrymen. They were sure that had either of the men been wounded or killed, a telegram would have been sent.

 

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Partial Civil War letter from Annie Higginson to her sister, Agnes Fuller

author   Annie Storrow Higginson (1834-1913)
date   Mar 18, 1863
location   Cambridge, Massachusetts
height   7.5"
width   4.75"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L10.018


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