Dear Brother (Jones, June 13th 1862)

1862: Contoocook‘s Burleigh K. Jones writes to his brother following the Battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks, VA):

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Burleigh K. Jones was always looking for a new way to make a little extra money; in the years leading up to the war, he writes letter after letter to his brother hatching schemes to peddle buttons, oil blacking, “match lighters”, and other paraphernalia.  The fact that he’s in the midst of combat with the 2nd NH deep in rebel territory does nothing to suppress his entrepreneurial spirit!

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13 June 1862

2 responses to “Dear Brother (Jones, June 13th 1862)”

  1. […] for novel ways to make a living… Even when he joins the 2nd NH in 1861, he tries his hand at “pedling” pipes and barbering.  His ideas often outpace his success; these are the same buttons he asked his […]

  2. […] Burleigh & Luther enlist the following year, they’ll join the 2nd NH Company B, the sharpshooters […]

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