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November 14, 2012


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Awesome story...

yes - back then there was no way of telling it was a thief who had his wallet...

and to make it worse, with him not knowing that his family considered him to be dead, he probably wondered why there were no more letters...

we can only speculate on what he must have gone through emotionally...

but that was obviously not a patch on what his "widow" had to endure thanks to a thief


Thank you for giving us this part of history, insignificant to a few but interesting and important to many. It reminds us that a simple life then could be more intense to live than the life we live today with all the gadgets we take for granted.

Janice Williams

What a wonderful story.Those item history files must be full of other jewels as well.


Thank you so much for sharing your perspective, Samantha! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the post.

New Media Dept.
National Museum of American History


Enjoyed this post immensely. What a fun job you have!

Currently, my husband is working in another state, leaving behind me and our two children to "make money" for us to join him. Fortunately, I can video chat with him every day. I can't imagine having to wait for the mailman for any word of him.

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