John Southworth letters, 1863-1864
18th Massachusetts Regimental Flag
Print of Andersonville Prison, Georgia. 1865 Sept. 28.
Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division
- Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, Drew Archival Library (Duxbury, Mass.)
- John Southworth (1843-1864) was born in Duxbury, Mass., to James Southworth and Lucy Ann Benner. He joined the 18th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, Company E in 1861 and died at the Confederate prison in Andersonville, Ga., in 1864.
- Six letters written to Emma Cushing Paulding in Duxbury from her cousin and soldier, John Southworth.
In his last letter to Emma, written on April 10th, only a few months before his death he wrote the following:
- "You say I don't think enough of myself, ah yes I do Emma, I think I am as good as anybody ... But I don't know as I am good enough to go with a girl. I think they are a higher grade of human beings than men. They don't take part in the abominable, diabolical war. I can't say anything bad enough about it ... I'm afraid of shot and shell, I have had too many of them sing around my head already and I never want to hear another one fired at them, don't know how dreadful they sound."
- Although John did not make it home, his brother Walter did, marrying a local girl named Emma Chandler and raising a family in Duxbury. As for Emma, a few years after the War, she married George Bartlett Bates of Kingston, Mass., and had five children. She died in 1930 at the age of 87.
- Forms part of the the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society's Emma Cushing Paulding letters, 1859-1874.
(See the NUCMC catalog record)