Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
|The Millbury Historical Society
Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
|P.O. Box 367
|Masons Donate Charter Replica (signed by Paul Revere) to The Millbury Historical
|This photo is from Millbury's 150th Anniversary
Parade held in June of 1963. THUS this snow
"contraption" is fifty-six years old now!
This and many other photos are currently
displayed in the lobby at our Town Hall is an
exhibit of more of that parade and the other
festivities that accompanied the 150th
|Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM
at The Asa Waters' Mansion
The HUGE Annual Meeting of the Millbury Historical Society
Free admission, and refreshments will be served.
|To My Dearest
The Civil War Letters of
George and Emily Ward
When the Civil War broke out in 1861,
George Ward was asked to raise the 15th
In August 1861, he left his wife, Emily, and
their two small children to go to war. They
wrote to each other frequently.
In all, 116 letters survive in the collection of
the Worcester Historical Museum. They
detail the pain of prolonged separation, the
challenges of single parenting and the
horrors of the battle front.
Join Lynne McKenney Lydick and Thomas
R. Lydick as they share the personal and
poignant letters of this Worcester couple.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Millbury Arts Council, a local agency
which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
We thank them for their support.
To My Dearest:
The Civil War Letters of George and Emily Ward
The letters presented herein, written by George Hull Ward and Emily Mayo Ward, are
remarkable for all that they communicate about the personal side of the Civil War. They detail
the pain of prolonged separation, the challenges of single parenting, the difficulties of
carrying on a farm and maintaining a household in the absence of the chief laborer and
breadwinner, and of course, the horrors of the battle front.
The letters have been edited for brevity and several have been combined if letters
overlapped. A few contain words and ideas which today are considered offensive but were
widely used as part of the vernacular and are stereotypic of the time. We strive to be
historically accurate even though we are uncomfortable with the language.
In all, the Worcester Historical Museum has 116 letters in the collection.
At the age of 21, George Hull Ward enlisted in the Worcester City Guards and in 5 years rose
to the rank of commander. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he was asked by
Massachusetts’ Governor John Andrews to raise a Worcester regiment.
On July 12, 1861, the regiment was mustered into service for three years with Charles
Devens, Jr., 41, as Colonel and George as Lieutenant Colonel.
The regiment left for Washington D.C. on August 8th. Two days later, George sends his first
letter to Emily and their two children, Georgie, 3 years old and baby Robbie 6 months old.
Join Lynne McKenney Lydick and Thomas R. Lydick as they share the personal and poignant
letters of this Worcester couple.
|The real Emily Mayo Ward and her husband
George Hull Ward
Courtesy of the Worcester Historical