GOODELL FAMILY LETTERS



Anson Goodell

“In the Hands of Providence”

  The Civil War Letters of
Anson P. Goodell

Company D, 25th Massachusetts

Volunteer Infantry Regiment

to and from his family of Dudley, Massachusetts

Transcription, Commentary and Footnotes

by:

Robert R. Ducharme

 March 17, 2005


Edwin Goodell


On January 20th 2004, the family of Harold and Claudine Goodell, of Murietta, CA, donated 50 original letters, written by Civil War soldier Anson P. Goodell of the 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment between 1861 and 1877, along with transcribed copies of these letters to The Black Tavern Historical Society. In preparation for a presentation on these letters that were made at the Black Tavern on March 17, 2005, I began to read and research the letters. After some 40 hours of reading, (some requiring the use of a magnifying glass) correcting errors in the transcription, and researching the subjects in the letters, I decided to call Mrs. Marion Moseley, who along with Anson Goodell, is a descendant of the Tavern builder Hezekiah Healy, to ask if she would be willing to discus some of the subjects of the letters with me. Mrs. Moseley not only graciously accepted to do so, but invited me to her home where I spent some two hours with Marion, her husband Charles and their son Will discussing Anson’s letters. During that time, she showed me several Civil War letters written by Abiel P. Williams, Mrs. Moseley’s grandfather, who was also in the 25th Mass. Regiment. She also showed me several artifacts that Abiel took home from the war along with photos of Abiel, and George C. Williams, Abiel’s brother, and their cousin Anson P. Goodell and his family. I was so excited at this find that I asked the Williams family if they would allow me to borrow the letters and photos so that I might copy them and use them in my presentation. They most graciously allowed me to take these precious pieces of not only their family history but that of our nation. I then spent about 40 hours of the next week transcribing and researching the content of these letters as well as making copies of the photos.

After an additional 40 hours of typing Abiel’s letters and retyping Anson’s letters along with the research done on each, I placed the information along with all the photos in a binder and gave copies to the Williams family and the Black Tavern Historical Society.

In addition to the presentation at the Black Tavern, my plans for the future are to put together an exhibit that may be displayed at “The Tavern” and to publish a series using these letters in the local paper so that folks in the local area will be made aware of the sacrifices made by these local patriots who answered the call to preserve the Union.

Anson P. Goodell and his brother Edwin D. Goodell, along with their cousins Abiel P. Williams and his brother George C. Williams, were but a few of the Dudley boys who went off to fight in the Civil War. Edwin would lose his leg at Cold Harbor and George would make the supreme sacrifice when he was killed at Petersburg.  Thankfully, today in their letters, we are still able to share their thoughts, hopes, dreams, and beliefs. Reading and working with these letters was truly a privilege and I will be forever grateful to the Black Tavern Historical Society and the Moseley family for allowing me to do so.

Robert R. Ducharme


GOODELL FAMILY LETTERS

Letters written by Anson P. Goodell and his family 1861 – 1877


Letter #

Date Letter written by Letter written to Letter from

1

October 12, 1861 Anson Parents Camp Lincoln

2

October 31, 1861 Anson Parents Camp Lincoln

3

Sat. Nov. 1861 Anson   Baltimore

4

January 3, 1862 Anson Father Camp Hicks

5

January 7, 1862 Anson Parents Annapolis Harbor

6

January 11, 1862 Anson   Fortress Monroe

7

January 13, 1862 Anson Parents Hatteras Inlet

8

February 2, 1862 Anson Edwin Foster Gen. Hospital

9

February 22, 1862 Anson Parents Camp Foster

10

March 9, 1862 Anson Parents Croaton Sound N.C.

11

March 15, 1862 Anson Parents Newbern, N.C.

12

April 6, 1862 Anson Parents Newbern, N.C.

13

April 16, 1862 Anson Parents Newbern, N.C.

13-A

 Undated Anson Col Edwin Upton  

13-B

January 1, 1863 Col. Edwin Upton Anson Fitchburg, MA

14

February 9, 1863 Anson Father Foster Gen. Hospital

15

June 14, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Stevenson, N.C.

16

June 17, 1863 Anson Parents Camp Oliver N.C.

17

June 21, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Stevenson, N.C.

18

July 26, 1863 Anson Parents Newbern, N.C.

19

August 17, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Stevenson, N.C.

20

August 26, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Stevenson, N.C.

21

August 30, 1863 Anson Parents Camp Oliver N.C.

22

September 1, 1863 Anson Parents Camp Oliver N.C.

23

September 4, 1863 Anson Parents & Bro. Charlie Camp Big Pine, N.C.

24

September 14, 1863 Anson Parents & Bro. Charlie Camp Pine Tree

25

September 20, 1863 Anson Parents Camp Pine Tree

26

September 20, 1863 Anson Parents Camp Pine Tree

27

September 24, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Gaston, N.C.

28

September 27, 1863 Anson Parents & Bro. Charlie Fort Gaston, N.C.

29

October 7, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Gaston, N.C.

30

October 8,1863 Anson Parents Fort Gaston, N.C.

31

October 19, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Gaston, N.C.

31-A

November 14, 1863 Anson Parents Fort Gaston, N.C.

32

November 22, 1863 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

33

November 27, 1863 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

34

December 6, 1863 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

35

January 6, 1864 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

36

January 14, 1864 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

37

January 18, 1864 Anson Parents Foster Gen. Hospital

37-A

1864 Anson Edwin  

38

January 29, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

39

February 26, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

40

June 25, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

41

July 16, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

42

August 1, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

43

October 1, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

44

December 10, 1865 Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

45

June 24, 1866 Anson Father Brookfield, MA

46

February 18, [1866] Anson Parents Brookfield, MA

47

December 23, [1877] Anson Brother Charles the Rev. Dudley, MA

48

January 5, 1862 Edwin Parents Annapolis, MD

49

April 2, 1863 Ellen Robbins Anson Dudley, MA

Other documents and photos relating to Anson P. Goodell and his family


Document #

Document

Concerning


1

Discharge Anson P. Goodell

2

Marriage Certificate Anson P. Goodell

3

GAR War Sketch Anson P. Goodell

4

Photos Anson, Edwin &Warren Goodell

5

Photo Goodell Family

6

Photos Comrades & Col. Edwin Upton

7

6 Photos Foster Genl. Hosp.

Goodell Family Photo