Viola Adams



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Letter from Viola Adams to John L. Ham, October 14, (1862?). In it she scolds Ham for not writing a longer letter and briefs him on the latest events at home, including her schooling. She inquires as to his opinion on army life and requests he write her a longer response, lest he be subjected to later haunting.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279, f.65


Fall 10-14-1862

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West Bath, Maine


Civil War, army life, schooling, letters from home


Military History | Social History


It is unclear as to when this was produced due to the fact that there is only a month and day listed on the letter and not a year, nor is there an envelope that might help further deduce the possible date. However taking into consideration that John L. Ham was taken prisoner between the time this letter was written and then released in 1865, it could not have been produced later than that date. Due to the tenor of the writing it was most likely written during the early years of the war, probably around the time he first volunteered.

Included in the PDF is a scan of Bean's typed transcription of this letter. A modern transcription of the letter has been included for the benefit of the researcher.

Letter from Viola Adams to John L. Ham, October 14, (1862?)



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