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Ogden, Edward H. (fl. 1853-1865) to Sarah Ogden

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06559.151 Author/Creator: Ogden, Edward H. (fl. 1853-1865) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter Date: no date Pagination: 2 p. ; 26 x 20.8 cm. Order a Copy

Writes that his regiment has been selected for a term of duty lasting three months, unless they get an earlier discharge. Says his regiment was digging trenches "all last night," while ammunition was being distributed to the soldiers. Notes he is unaware of their destination or their plan, but he is hoping for the best. He closes the letter by giving his love and stating that he will be sending the letter via his friend, W. Jenk.

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
Ogden, Edward H., fl. 1853-1865

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