The Civil War Letters of Aaron Jones Fletcher


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Letter dated February 1, 1864 from Fannie Fletcher (cousin), Acton, Mass., to Aaron Jones Fletcher

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                        Acton Feb 1st 1864
Cousin Jones
                        While at my work
in Mr Schoulers shop this morning
Warren brought me a letter from N.O.
I knew the moment I looked at it that
it came from you and as soon as I
read I concluded to answer it to
night which I think will surprise
you for I have not answered your
letters so soon for sometime past.
            I was very glad to hear that you
were well and like your new
place. I suppose a change seems
good after being in one place so long
I should not think you would want
to re-enlist, you have been away from
home so long but I suppose you have


got used to staying away from home and
it seems like home to you out there
now, I suppose.  I know a little by
experience and I know that the shop
where I have worked for four
successive seem most as much like
home to me as my home does.
But your situation is quite different
from mine. I can see my folks every
evening & morning, while you have not
seen your for most three years.
Well, Jones, we have had quite a time
here in “old Acton”. We have had
our old “Town house” supplied with
a new one and week before
last we dedicated.  It was crowded
to the utmost from gallery to the
pulpit. I was there & had a fine
time. when the dancing commenced
we only had room to turn. there
was no comfort to be taken dancing
that evening. We have got a
very pretty town house indeed


They have a nice place for the armory, and
I wish the war was over and the armory
of Acton (soldiers) was safely deposited in the
town house. perhaps you will agree
with me on that point.
Last week I went to a levee
at West Acton and had a very fine time
but I did not dance  I did not care to for
there was such a crowd.
Ella Beck has been up and been
with us to the levees. she went
home last Friday.
I dont know as I ought to tell
you what father and Gus did yesterday
for it was Sunday. but it want
very bad so I guess I will tell you.
Gus was walking in the woods as
he always does and there has been
a light snow so he could see tracks
well he got a mink’s track and
sent John home for his father
and father started too. he went
down to the boiling spring


(you know where that is) and
they followed him down past
Mr Wildes,  down to Jim Parkers
lane onward to the swamp there
they found where he had wrestled
with a muskrat and had drawn
him to his nest  well of course
they went to digging and the
first they got a muskrat with
his head partly eaten off and
they got a mink. now do
you think that was a bad job?
I dont think it much sin for they did
not fire a gun. Now if you
could see gus he would tell the greatest
mink story that every you heard
George is at work in a shoe
shop in Marlboro this Winter
he like his work very well but
he dont like the place as well as
he does Acton. I dont think
he likes the girls as well but
I dont know. What do you think
about it.


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I heard that Cousin Billy [William B. Reed] was dead. how sad
it is. Katie and Wallace
feel dreadfuly about it and
so does Henry Deluce his
half brother.  He did not
seem to want to go
I should like to hear
all the particulers
Poor Billy I little thought
I had seen him for the
last time.
Write soon
All send much