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 stories of an English immigrant within the provider of the us military. After Frank Clarke's tragic loss of life in 1862, his spouse Mary corresponded together 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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Extra resources for Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War from Their Letters, 1847-1872
Together, Frank and Mary started a family while coping with the vicissitudes of military life. But when Frank died while on campaign during the Civil War, Mary was left alone to raise their five sons ranging from two years to eight years in age. The correspondence of Frank and Mary Clarke tells of the successes and hardships they experienced, both alone and together, while they carved out a life for themselves in the American West. Forty-six of the letters reproduced here were written by Frank mainly to his father and mother in England.
And believe me, My dear Sir, Your repentant Pupil, C. Francis Clarke John Jeffes Esq're Page 17 Milwaukee July 21st 1849 My dear Father & Mother I this morning received your kind letter and hasten to answer it. 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.
Francis Clarke Milwaukee, Wisconsin Oct'r 17th 1848 My dear Father I expected before this to have received a letter from you but I suppose it is hardly time for me yet to have one. Tomorrow I start upon a trading voyage up to the head waters of the Mississippi trading with the Indians for furs. I shall not return before April or May and therefore shall not receive any letters you may write until then. I will, however, write to you whenever I can. There are three other men going with me. We take with us Blankets, Cottons, Whiskey, powder &c, giving them in Exchange for furs; besides which we shall hunt a great deal our selves.
Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War from Their Letters, 1847-1872 by Darlis A. Miller