By Darlis A. Miller
First released as TO shape A extra excellent UNION in 1941, this infrequent quantity of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant reviews of an English immigrant within the provider of the U.S. military. After Frank Clarke's tragic demise in 1862, his spouse Mary corresponded along 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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She and the boys suffered from an assortment of ailments during these years, including an accidental gunshot wound that left eight-year-old James facially disfigured and blind in one eye. Aware of her own scholastic deficiencies, Mary determined at an early stage in her widowhood to provide her sons with the best schooling then available in east-central Kansas. "15 But the sacrifices she made to achieve her goal were truly extraordinary. In the end, she scraped together the money to send the boys to St.
Said Tuttle agrees to use his exertions to enable the said C. F. C. to be admitted one year from the date thereof. 8th. Said partners are to bear equally all expences. 9th. Each partner to furnish his room at his private expence. 10th The name of the firm to be Tuttle & Clarke. 11th. At the expiration of said 5 years the Copartnership to extend for a further period of 5 years upon the same terms and conditions unless 6 months before the expiration of the first 5 years one of the Copartners shall give notice to the other in writing of his intention to declare said copartnership dissolved at the end of the 1st 5 years, & that every dispute that may arise between said copartners in relation to these articles of copartnership to be settled by arbitration in the usual manner.
15 But the sacrifices she made to achieve her goal were truly extraordinary. In the end, she scraped together the money to send the boys to St. Mary's College, a Jesuit institution offering elementary and secondary instruction and situated about fifty-five miles east of Junction City. In the final letter in the Clarke collection, dated February 19, 1872, Mary's anxiety over finances is heartrending. Although the boys were still in school, she had been unable to pay their yearly tuition. "I hardly know what is best for me to do," she lamented.
Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War from Their Letters, 1847-1872 by Darlis A. Miller