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Collection Reference Number GLC04107
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1847 
Title Charles F. Force to Manning Force about life in the army and plans to go whaling
Date 16 April 1847
Author Force, Charles, F. (1826-1883)  
Recipient Force, Manning  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes to his brother about the death of his commander, a childhood friend of Manning's. Discusses the bad food, small rations, scarcity of paper and the hope for war's end. Mentions that there are five soldiers waiting for him to finish writing his letter as they all must share the same pen. Has decided to go on a three-year whaling voyage once he is discharged and feels it would be best if he distanced himself as much as possible from his family and friends.
Subjects Mexican War  Military History  Latin and South America  Death  Military Provisions  Diet and Nutrition  Military Supplies  Whaling  Maritime  Children and Family  
People Force, M. F. (Manning Ferguson) (1824-1899)  Force, Charles F. (1826-1883)  
Place written China, Mexico
Theme The Mexican War; Naval & Maritime; Children & Family
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information During the Civil War, the Force brothers fought on opposite sides: Manning was a Colonel in the 20th Ohio Volunteers and Charles was a Major in the 51st Alabama. Manning Force became a professor at Cincinnati Law School.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859