"I am almost home again..."
Hope you've had a restful weekend. This week I'm fast-forwarding to the week building up to the Battle of Gettysburg which was fought 151 years ago, July 1-3, 1863. (There were numerous celebrations commemorating it last year, I invite you to look them up).
Philip was on the march northward on July 1, 1863 and stopped to write Roby:
"On the march northward July 1st 1863
My Dear Wife
Thinking you perhaps might like to hear what part of the United States I was in I write you though I don't know when I can send it ~ we are now only 4 miles from the Pennsylvania Line ~ 8 miles north of Westminster & 2 miles from Manchester which places you will find on the map so you see (I am almost home again)
Well now for a short account of our march -- We broke camp at Fairfax Va on Friday morning 4 o'clock June 26th
Thank you people of Monrovia all those years ago for your kindness to Philip and the boys...
Tomorrow the rest of the letter and some poetry!
Hope to see you then!