A Civil War Story: Correspondence Between a Woodbridge Father & Son

Town Records of Woodbidge, Connecticut

Civil War correspondence from the Ralph Chester Smith family papers (donated by Ann Electa Smith Cassidy)

Letter to son Isaac Bradley from Jason Wyllis Bradley
(the reply written in pencil on the same sheet of paper from son to J.W. Bradley )

Metropolitan Hotel

Washington city

December 25, 1862

I came here expecting to come on to Falmouth but our free government says I cannot, therefore I shall leave here in the morning for home. I have been here two days. I had not heard from you or James W. Rice since the battle, or slaughter, at Fredericksburg.

I met John M. Sperry last evening and he told me you were both alive. Write and let us know the particulars about the 27th regiment. I shall go home and send someone to see all the boys in the Regiment that is left. I shall write again as soon as I get home. Write if you move from where are.

The Legislature appointed a committee of four to look after all the Connecticut boys. I met them here. They have visited some of the Connecticut regiments but not the 27th. They marked out your location so I think I could be _____.

Remember me to all, particularly to Jim. I cannot write more now.

J.W. Bradley

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