By Darlis A. Miller
First released as TO shape A extra ideal UNION in 1941, this infrequent quantity of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant studies of an English immigrant within the carrier of the U.S. military. After Frank Clarke's tragic dying in 1862, his spouse Mary corresponded together with his English mom, detailing the day-by-day struggles of an army widow and her 5 sons in frontier Kansas. 12 halftones .
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The night before last we had a very large fire. The houses here being built mostly of wood the flames spread with great rapidity and to a great extent it consumed about 60,000 dollars worth of property before it was put out. this is a serious loss in this place; very little of the property destroyed being insured. The Cholera has reached Chicago, a town within 100 miles of us. it is expected here shortly. it does not seem to be a very severe kind. There is great excitement still in Canada; the Governor general does very little to conciliate the people.
Their fifth surviving child was born in January 1861 as the nation was hurling towards fratricidal war. The Civil War brought tragedy to the Clarke family, as it did to thousands of other Americans during that terrible conflict. While serving as a Union officer on a campaign in Tennessee, Frank died of scarlet fever and diphtheria, leaving his grieving widow, "the bird alone," to raise the five boys. 11 For the duration of the war, the bereft family lived within the confines of Fort Riley, where Frank had lodged them when he marched away to war.