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Civil War Correspondence and Diaries of Private George F. Moore and His Family
By Mary Ellen Hoover, Elin Williams Neiterman, and E. Dianne James
Published: 9/21/2011 for the Sudbury Historical Society by iUniverse
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War was no stranger to the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts. A small farming community at the outbreak of the Civil War,
Sudbury stood ready to support the cause of the Union. Uriah and Mary Moore, a local farmer and his wife, parents of ten children,
sent four sons off to fight for the Union. George Frederick Moore was twenty years old when he joined the Thirty-fifth Massachusetts
Regiment in 1862, along with brother, Albert. Their brother, John, had enlisted in the Thirteenth Massachusetts Regiment and had been
serving since 1861. In 1864, a fourth brother, Alfred, joined the Fifty-ninth Massachusetts Regiment.
The eighty-four letters in this
collection span the years from August 1862 to the end of the War and include correspondence to and from Pvt. George Moore and five
family members. George's personal diaries from 1863 and 1864 are also included, as well as the 1867 diary of Sarah Jones, the girl he
married. Photographs of the Moore family, Civil War generals mentioned in the diaries, and scenes of Sudbury during the mid 19th century are also included.
Through research the family is traced long after the war, revealing their travels and accomplishments.
Explanatory passages that accompany these letters highlight the campaigns of the Thirty-fifth Massachusetts through the war years.
George Moore took part in battles from South Mountain and Antietam to Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Campbell's Station, and the Siege of
Knoxville. He participated in the Battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and the assault on Petersburg. The letters to and from
George Moore and his loved ones provide an intimate glimpse of the trials, not only of the soldiers, but of the family who sent their
boys off to war.
Mary Ellen Hoover and Elin Williams Neiterman are members of the Sudbury Historical Society and researched the Moore family from the 1600s to the present day. They both live in Sudbury, Massachusetts. E. Dianne James is a retired high school English teacher who has studied Civil War history and traveled to battlefields throughout the country. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband.