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Mary E. Partridge recalls the struggles her family faced during the war.

All able-bodied patriots enlisted, my husband among the number, with a promise from the stay-at-homes to take care of the crops and look out for the interests of the family.

Then came hardships and troubles to which pioneer life could not be compared. I was obliged to see crops lost for lack of help to harvest them; cattle and horses well night worthless as there was no sale for them, neither was there male help sufficient to cultivate the farm, which went back to former wildness. The government was months behind in paying the soldiers, who at best received only a beggarly pittance.

Source: Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris, ed. Old Rail Fence Corners: Frontier Tales Told By Minnesota Pioneers (St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1976), 274.



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