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Collection Reference Number GLC06559.076
From Archive Folder Collection of Sarah Perot Ogden 
Title Allen J. Richards to Sarah Ogden regarding guarding the railroad, reenlistment and a train braking down
Date 6 February 1864
Author Richards, Allen J. (fl. 1864-1865)  
Recipient Ogden, Sarah Perot  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Says he has been ordered to guard the Railroad and trains from Alexandria to Brandy Station. Notes that he slept in a tent on the hard ground the first night, and caught a bad cold as a result. Troops are stationed along the road, and they are building block houses at every railroad bridge. States that several of his friends have reenlisted, but he does not have any plans to reenlist because, "3 years is enough." Recounts an instance in which the train broke down on its way to Baltimore, Maryland, and the conductor had to run back to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to get a new engine. Concludes by thanking her and giving his respects to all the women from the hospital.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Women's History  Soldier's Letter  Union Soldier's Letter  Hospital  Military Camp  Health and Medical  Railroad  Construction  
People Ogden, Sarah Perot (b. 1831)  Richards, Allen J. (fl. 1864-1865)  
Place written Alexandria, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Women in American History; Health & Medicine
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater