Lucy Curtiss, Warren, Conn., April 4, 1865


Lucy Curtiss, Warren, Conn., April 4, 1865


Civil War
Fall of Richmond


Lucy writes to her brother Homer about the fall of Richmond, her visit to a neighbor with Copperhead sympathies, and mail delivery in town.




Warren Conn, Tuesday Eve
April 4th, 1865

Dear Homer -
I am all of a glow to-
night for “Richmond is ours”
it seems as though the work must
be nearly done now - but in the
midst of our exultation over
the “glorious victory”, we cannot forget
that many brave boys have fallen
in the struggle - + we do not yet
know but that our friends are
among the number, your letter
(No. 36) came tonight announcing your
safety up to Thursday Eve - We were at
Mr. L. Taylors when the mail came in -
+ after I heard the news I expressed
my approbation of the state of
affairs pretty freely before I
recollected that the family was quite
quite coppery in its proclivities.

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I did not wish to irritate them in
their own house + should have held
my peace if I had thought in time
but it is too late to mend the matter
now + I was so glad - We have
received letters from you quite fre-
quently of late - but among them
all there has been no “No. 33” - There
has not seemed to be any break in
the story -+ I can hardly think any
link has been lost - but certainly
we have had no No. 33 - Three seems
to be an unlucky number with us.
Perhaps it will be as well to omit it.
I reckon you did this time - Didn’t
you? Letters are considered public prop-
erty now + I usually read those parts of
yours which I think will be most
interesting to them to a select company
behind the counter at the P.O. Mr Swift
is always eager to “know it all” - Last night
I went in when he was trying to put
up the mail - he was so excited over

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the good news, that he made
but slow progress, would stand
with a paper in his hand + look
at all the boxes over + and over again in
search of the right one - finally he
gave up + said he did not know where
the boxes were _ but it was no matter
as he had got the Dailies up all
right - Misses Taylor brought the mail
+ he was about as bad off as Orlando,
I laughed to see them fly round -
After such a scene you can imagine
how chilly I felt when I walked back
to Mr. Taylors to tell the good tidings,
to see their solemn or indifferent
looks, I don’t see how any one can
help being glad of such success -
We could hear quite a war like roar of
cannons last night but whether
it was in honor of State or National
Victories, couldn’t say - Possibly they
would economise powder + kill
the two birds with one shot--

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Wednesday a.m.
Mother is having quite a wood piling
mania of late, has got the wood
room pretty well filled, by much
hard work - She has kept at the
business so steadily that it has
become a standing joke(?) with
Fannie + I to say when Mother is
inquired for that she is out
piling wood - She has been at it
this morning till she is very tired
+ cannot write - We cannot manage
her at all - She is “dreadfully set in her way”
Last week we had a letter from Myra.
She wrote but a few words, said leg
was no better - + sent Charlie +
Winnies picture carte. As a work
of art it is like all western pictures
I have ever seen, a miserable failure
but the children are nice - Charlie
is as handsome as - well for the
prettiest of our family - His features
are delicate as girls. Winnie looks
just like Kit - Cy says the boys
have frequent battles in which Winnie
invariably comes out conqueror +
I should judge he would by
his looks - If you would like to
see them we will send them
to you - Charrie cannot look
at them without laughing till
she is decidedly red in the face
My pen is awful - You know I
can write better sometimes - Lucy

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