From the Archives: Last letter from a Union soldier to his brother

Uselma Duncan is not a household name. He was not a world-famous artist or poet, and he wasn't abundantly wealthy. Uselma Duncan was a dry goods clerk who fought on the side of the North during the early months of the Civil War. He represents a faceless, nameless number -- one of the millions of individuals pushed around by the circumstances of war. Wars these days are fought far away from us, at a safe distance; but the Civil War was closer to home, and the Duncan/Stoddard Letters at Auraria Special Collections Department starkly illustrate that proximity.

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