“My Own Dearest Maggie”: The Last Letters of a Scottish Soldier of the American Civil War

Irish in the American Civil War

My work on the widows and dependent pension files of American Civil War soldiers has revealed many hundreds of letters relating to Irish emigrants in the Union military. During the course of my research I have also come across files relating to other immigrant groups. Among them are many Scottish soldiers, whose dependents– like those of their Irish counterparts– often included letters written by their loved ones from the front in their pension applications. In future I hope to occasionally explore the stories of some of these non-Irish immigrants on the site. The first is the revealing and heartfelt correspondence of Corporal Frank Stewart Graham, written to his wife Maggie in 1863.

The frontispiece of the 165th New York's History, demonstrating the cloured uniform which Frank and his comrades wore The frontispiece of the 165th New York’s History, demonstrating the coloured uniform which Frank and his comrades wore (History of the Second Battalion)

On 9th June 1854 Frank Stewart Graham and Maggie Smith were married in the parish church…

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