my cheek mantle with eternal shame.
It was a severe trial for my dear wife, but she endured it with Christian fortitude.
It is the hardest trial I have to endure, to think that she may be constantly worrying about me.
In the same letter, in allusion to the death of a sister's child, he adds:—
O how hard it would be for me to part with my dear little ones.
I did not know before how closely about my heart had been woven the silken threads of their bright and happy lives.
And his letters to his sisters at the same time speak of his wife and children as ‘the source of his greatest earthly happiness.’
The regiment was at first sent to Missouri
, where, although not engaged in any great battle, it had its full share of watching, marching, and skirmishing.
It was once highly complimented for performing a night march of twenty-eight miles, and fording eight streams on the way, some of these being waist-deep, and at November temperature.
, Missouri, January 1, 1863, a battalion of the regiment, including less that three hundred, after being overwhelmingly outnumbered and flanked, held its position, under Lieutenant-Colonel Dunlap
,—although all other regiments had retired,— until the enemy, numbering four thousand, had retreated under cover of the night.
In all these duties, Goodrich
is stated to have borne an honorable part, and seems to have been sustained through all by a strong, unaffected religious feeling.
He expresses pleasure, in his letters, that even amid the vice and profanity of the camp he can enjoy the privilege of social worship; and after being brought face to face with danger, he learns that ‘the more we are called on to do and suffer, the better off we are.’
For more than two months after this battle, he remained at Hartsville
with two others, on detail, to take charge of the wounded men, rejoining his regiment March 20, 1863.
During this period he wrote as follows:—
I seem to realize more and more, as the danger increases, how sweet a thing it is to live for my family.
I sometimes tremble at