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Hirnenger, James (ca. 1861-1864) to Sarah Ogden

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06559.051 Author/Creator: Hirnenger, James (ca. 1861-1864) Place Written: Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 March circa 1861-1864 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20.2 x 12.4 cm. Order a Copy

Speaks of the pain and disability his wound continues to cause him. Tells Ogden that it is both payday and visiting day. Says he received a letter from McNabb, who got home safely. Requests that Ogden send him items, he needs to make chains. He will enclose money to pay for the materials, and will pay the balance if he has not enclosed enough. Includes an embossed seal in the upper left hand corner.

Sarah Perot Ogden was a Quaker from Philadelphia who took part in variety of philanthropic works such as assisting the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Philadelphia Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and President of the Philadelphia Home for Incurables. Both Ogden and her husband, Edward H. Ogden, were strong supporters of the Union cause. During the Civil War Ogden volunteered in a military hospital where she made daily visits. Her husband served as a Union soldier.

Ogden, Sarah Morris Perot, 1831-1912

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