Orrin Dickerman

“Uncle Orrin”

Orrin Dickerman was a distant relative and neighbor of Cecil and Caroline. He was born on August 10th, 1816 to Elam and Charlotte Dickerman. In 1836, he married Betsey Goodyear, daughter of Samuel and Lucy Goodyear. He lived at the old Dickerman homestead near Mount Carmel.


In these letters:

  1. Date Author Description
  2. 1863-03-22
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • After their house almost burns down, Cecil writes a distraught letter as he contemplates what could have been.
  3. 1863-02-08
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • In this interesting letter, Caroline writes an adorable account of Louise, a letter from Austin, the rising costs of fabric, and much more.
  4. 1863-02-03
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes about her cold, the baby, how her funds were doing, paying debts, and a birthday party.
  5. 1863-02-01
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes a lengthy letter about the state of the war, their baby, her headaches, her low view of Austin, and lots more.
  6. 1863-01-24
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes a lot about Louise, reflects on her past life prior to marriage, tells Cecil how to care for his sore throat, asks about some business matters, and wishes for Cecil to come home soon.
  7. 1863-01-21
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes about a winter storm, how she hopes that Cecil is not marching in it, and the funeral of Sgt. Fowler.
  8. 1863-01-18
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes to Cecil about her money situation, how she enjoys sending him things, complains how the government doesn’t care for their soldiers, and speaks about the local news.
  9. 1863-01-11
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes a letter to Caroline about a box of food they received from home, the state of his pay, and a brief story of Austin getting lost in the woods.
  10. 1862-12-14
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes a lengthy letter about the impending battle of Fredericksburg, her headaches, the potential of her visiting the 20th Connecticut, and Louise.
  11. 1862-10-15
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • In this short letter, Cecil tells Caroline what she should send in a care box and discusses the bounty that Caroline should be receiving.
  12. 1862-10-08
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes to Caroline about business at home, directions for shipping a box, complains about the army grub, and speaks about how lovely a place Frederick was and how the Rebs treated the townsfolk very well.
  13. 1862-09-23
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes to Caroline about whom to sell their horse to, and how well the boys take care of him.