Re: Spectacles in the field
The letter is also quoted in Francis Lord's Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia (Vol. 1?) on page 244. Of course he gave no source and there is nothing in the bibliography that helps.
I was going to ask the same question regarding the original source of the letter a few months ago but never got around to it. My main interest was the soldier's glowing description of his new Springfield, my "defarbed" repop was sitting nearby and I tried to look at it the same way......but it just isn't.
"How terribly the inhabitants of the revolted states must suffer and yet we cannot have peace honorably until many more young men are slain or mangled to maintain the honor and dignity of the nation. Oh, what a deluded race of people we are and yet think ourselves enlightened and civilized. Shame on us."
Capt. George K. Pardee, 42nd Ohio Infantry.