Love Letters: John and Mary Ann Arnold

The papers of Union soldier John Carvel Arnold (1833-1865) primarily contain the correspondence of Arnold and his wife, Mary Ann Arnold, during his Civil War service with Company I, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. The letters contain John Arnold’s views on the military situation in Virginia and Maryland (1864-1865), army rations and pay, the Confederates, Copperhead Democrats, family finances, and Mary Ann’s difficulties in maintaining a home and educating the children. That Mary Ann Arnold was unable to write impacted her ability to respond to her husband’s letters in a timely manner, which sometimes caused friction in their relationship.