1861: The Sin of Rebellion

I believe, generally, there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood, and the sin of rebellion is no exception. True here as very often, the blood of the innocent must mingle their blood with the guilty.

Charles Pendleton Bowler, U.S. Federal soldier, to one of his brothers, Nodiah Potter Bowler, on August 14, 1861. 

SourceThis letter can be found in the Bowler Family Papers at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia (44 items total).

Bowler was an undergraduate student at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio on the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War. A company of soldiers was raised from Oberlin College (led by three professors), which Bowler joined on April 17, 1861. The unit became the Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C. Bowler was promoted to sergeant. Less than a year after writing the above letter to his brother Bowler was killed at the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Virginia on August 9, 1862.

SourceItinerary of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1864, edited and compiled by Lawrence Wilson, First Sergeant Company D (New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1907) (pg. 420).

1929: Mush and Coffee

At the breadlines and soup kitchens, hours of waiting would produce a bowl of mush, often without milk or sugar, and a tin cup of coffee. The vapors from the huge steam cookers mingling with the stench of wet clothes and sweating bodies made the air foul. But waiting in the soup kitchen was better than the scavenging in the dump.

Arthur Schlesinger Jr, The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, the Age of Roosevelt (paperback edition, 2003) (pg. 171).

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