A LETTER FROM THE CIVIL WAR-THE PILLOW-LAVENDER HEARTS

1 09 2013

Hello,

A letter from the Civil War

My Cousin Bill is tracking down family through Ancestry.com.   Its been very interesting and so far he is back to the 1500’s in England.  Last night I was putting things in the attic and saw this wooden box, I remember seeing it when my Dad was alive so I took it in the house.  Much to my surprise was a letter addressed to  Osmond Bisbee of Chesterfield, Mass.  The letter was written  on Friday, May 15th 1863< In the Camp of Barris Landing, La.  A Calvin Bryant wrote the letter.  The letter told Osmond that his son Elliot was ill and that the Army would do all they could to take care of him and they expected him to recover.  Elliot had not written to his father for quite some time and didn’t want them to worry.  Elliot was my Grandmother, Minnie Bisbee’s Father.   This was her box and she had kept that letter till she died in 1937.  What a find. the dots have been connected. Its emotional to read such a letter knowing the perils that your family member had gone through. We often don’t know much about past generations, just pieces of information passed down from one member of a family to another . When family members pass there is nothing unless someone has written it down.  This letter written brings me much closer to the Grandmother I never met but was told so much about.  In the box I also found some pictures of her when she was younger.  SHe looked happy with her son William, I had only seen pictures taken before her death, a much tired looking woman, the toll of raising 7 children and having several more die had already taken place.  While raising these children she was a seamstress and made clothing for the wealthy people of Holyoke and also made wonderful quilts for her family.  I am in the midst of finishing some that she was unable to finish in her lifetime.

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THE PILLOW

I am finally finished with the pillow and have another one to finish.  I like how it came out although it was hard to hand sew that material that belonged to my Grandmother and was hard to get the needle through.

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LAVENDER HEARTS

I love making these primitive hearts.  I usually dye the ticking with tea bags before cutting them out.  Filling them with lavender they make wonderful sachets for you drawers or wool bags.  I iuse them in my purse and I have made ones with a hanger to use in the car.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.     Carole


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4 responses

2 09 2013
Mary Jane

That,s an amazing letter, Carole. You might think about getting framed on archival paper just to protect it for your next generation. Or see if there is a historical society in Chesterfield, they might love it… isn’t it strange knowing it has been there all those years, decades, generations, and you never knew it!
MJ

2 09 2013
wspines

I have found some wonderful things in that old box. It has made me realize that I had better write some things down or they will be lost in family history. I belong to the Historical Society in Chesterfield but haven’t had a meeting in ages. I will call my eldest cousin and see what he thinks.The letter came at a good time I am sometimes overwhelmed with family stuff, as an only child I got it all. Now its all worth it.
I love the old Maine rug and glad that it went for a good price although not what was expected. I think we all should have labels on our rugs, its important to pass the information on.
C

8 09 2013
Rita Kay Bergeron

Dear Carole, What a find that Civil War letter is! It’s just amazing! Will you make copies to send to any family members that would be interested in receiving such a great piece of history. Hope all is well. Love reading your blog. Jim visited with Chibby and I on Friday and I mentioned to him how much I have enjoyed being in contact with you. Take care and much love, Rita

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8 09 2013
wspines

Good Morning Rita,
Yes I am glad that we have reconnected. I am going to make copies of the letter. I have not decided what to do with the letter. It’s a piece of history and should be somewhere. I do belong to the CHesterfield Historical Society and think I will call my oldest cousin who is a Bisbee to see what he thinks. The box was a treasure trove of wonderful things. It explained some pieces of history for me. Take good care. Love Carole

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