By Darlis A. Miller
First released as TO shape A extra excellent UNION in 1941, this infrequent quantity of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant reports of an English immigrant within the provider of the U.S. military. After Frank Clarke's tragic loss of life in 1862, his spouse Mary corresponded along with his English mom, detailing the day-by-day struggles of an army widow and her 5 sons in frontier Kansas. 12 halftones .
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The ointment reached here quite safe. I do not think it is at all injured I put some on my eyes this morning. Many thanks for it. I think they are a little better since I last wrote but still not well. The weather here is very warm; several people have died from the heat. Harvest is began generally, now in fact we have had some new wheat in Market. already it fetched 70 cents a bushel. Until within a few weeks the wheat promised to be a large crop, but lately the rust has greatly damaged it. The gentleman with whom I am now living goes out of office in a year.
If I donot find something to do shortly, I shall go onto it till spring and make some improvements. Great satisfaction is expressed throughout the Country on the appointment of Gen'l Taylor to the Presidency. his Policy will be the opposite to that of Mr. Polk. He is, however, a large slaveholder owning some 300 negroes. There is, therefore, every probability that slavery will be extended into the newly acquired Territories of New Mexico & California, but not, it is thought, into Oregon & the North West territories, the feelings of the people are very much excited upon slavery, so much so that one State (Illinois) has by law forbid the res- Page 13 idence of free negroes within its bounds.
I have boarded whilst I have been in Milwaukee at an Englishman's by the Page 14 name of Stimson, from Cambridgeshire. they behaved very kindly to me whilst I was laid up. Great numbers of people are going from here to California by the Overland Route, but the accounts from them are not very satisfactory. the grass will not be forward enough to permit them to start until the middle of this Month. It is indeed no small undertaking to travel over 3000 miles by land through a Wilderness. In one place there is no water for 70 miles, in another they have to pull everything up a precipice 30 feet high.
Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War from Their Letters, 1847-1872 by Darlis A. Miller