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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1847
|Charles F. Force to Manning Force about life in the army and plans to go whaling
|16 April 1847
|Force, Charles, F. (1826-1883)
|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.
|Mexican War Military History Latin and South America Death Military Provisions Diet and Nutrition Military Supplies Whaling Maritime Children and Family
|Force, M. F. (Manning Ferguson) (1824-1899) Force, Charles F. (1826-1883)
|The Mexican War; Naval & Maritime; Children & Family
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859