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329. Historic Ancestor

This prompt asks us to write about an ancestor in an historic context.  So I am writing about Robert M. McGucken, my great-great-great-great-grandfather.  Or my Mom’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad.

Engineers of the 8th N.Y. State Militia

October 6, 1862

Dear Mum,

Col. Larrabee has us still chasing after Genral Bragg.  I heer from one of the captins that we may be in for a brouhaha soon.  We myght have our first test of the war. Weve been after them Johnny Rebs all through this state of Kentuky.  Im told that our President Lincoln was born nearby.

Im sorry Im writing in English.  The colonel has been very strict with censuring our mail and he reads very poor Irish!  That will probably be struck!

I still am not sure why Im fighting this war.  Im still fresh from the potato fields of County Derry, but Im indebted to Pa’s musket training.  I warent long in Milwaukee in Wisconsin when I signed up.  Not much for jobs in Milwaukee, Im afeard.  But worry not after me.  Weere a well trained unit and fresh for the fight!



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