Stouffer Family (1865)
Jacob and Elizabeth Stouffer lived on their farm in Guilford Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Peter Stouffer, a carpenter living in Jacob and Elizabeth’s household, enlisted as a private in the 165th Pennsylvania in 1862, but was soon discharged on a medical exemption. Amos Stouffer did not serve in the Union army, but considered himself an ardent patriot.
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In this letter to his family, Benjamin Stouffer discusses Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent reaction from the public in Poughkeepsie, New York.