I often think of eternity although I have never made a public confession of my faith

Letter from Edgar E. Conant written while on discharge for disability.

1 November 1863

Sister Mary

The first part of your letter seems to imply that I have expressed in gratitude for your kind attentions to me while incapable of taking care of myself. I hope that you will remember that I am no longer an impulsive boy and that as I have grown older my disposition has under gone a change. To day I can appreciate your kindness probably as well as if I were still older. If there was any other way than word of exposing my gratitude I would willingly do it. You say ‘Frank may some time want for a home.’ It is my hope that he may not experience the loss of parents for many years, hence but if by the will of God he should, he has my solemn promise that he shall not worry while I have health and power to prevent. I often think of eternity although I have never made a public confession of my faith, yet I realize my position. I am glad to hear of Elisia’s marriage. it is the way of the world. I believe I should be tempted to end my existence if I had a scolding wife.’

Edgar Conent mustered into Company C of the 25th MA Infantry on 21 October 1861 and was discharged for disability on 13 March 1863. He then mustered into Company G of the 42nd MA Infantry on 21 July 1864 and mustered out on 11 November 1864.

Source: eBay, June 2007

Notes:

At the time of this letter Conant was a member of the U.S. Forces, Newport News; 18th Corps, Dept of Virginia and North Carolina

Soldier’s identity:

Residence Northbridge MA; a 21 year-old Shoemaker.

Enlisted on 10/12/1861 as a Private.

On 10/12/1861 he mustered into “C” Co. MA 25th Infantry
He was discharged for disability on 3/13/1863 at New Berne, NC

He also had service in:
“G” Co. MA 42nd Infantry  (100 days)

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