From the Civil War Memoirs of William Pierce Alderman, epilogue:
"William Pierce Alderman, born January 3, 1835, Middlefield, Mass. Father - Daniel Alderman Mother - Electra Root
Grew up in Middlefield; as a young man went to Greenfield, Mass. and engaged in business with a partner.Lived with the Roots in Greenfield, who were mother's relatives, until the call for recruits in the Civil War.Sold his interest in the business to his partner and went to Boston to sign up.He joined the 18th Massachusetts Company I -- which mobilized at Readville, Mass.He was 24 when he enlisted and served the full three year term.Returned to the hometown of Middlefield and, his health being somewhat impaired, was persuaded by his family to settle there, buying his Uncle Root's farm.He met Anna Elizabeth Hapgood for the first time when he alighted from the train at Chester (Mass.) on his return from service.They later married and four children were born to them in Middlefield.As a result of his service he developed bronchial asthma and doctors advised him to leave farming.He did so and in 1883 moved to West Springfield.He bought the old Homer Ely place from his friend J. T.(?) McElwain of Holyoke and superintended the raising and training of thoroughbred trotting horses for the same for many years.He lived and died in W. Springfield.He had a natural gift for writing and the army letters were published by the Springfield Sunday Republican as well as some stories and poems." (I believe his siblings were:Daniel, Electa and Andrew, though I have nothing to verify.He actually served four years in the service.)
There is more, but this is the salient information.
Another letter from William Pierce Alderman headed, "Headquarters 18th Regt. Mass. Vols., Camp near Falmouth, Virginia, March 25, 1863" refers to another relative:"I saw in Albany the day I started for camp, Uncle Charles Collins ..."
He also refers to his sister, Electa, returning home to Albany after a visit with their parents in two of his letters.
Yet another letter headed:"Headquarters 18th Mass. Regt. Vols.,Camp in Virginia, November 27, 1862" refers to other family at home celebrating Thanksgiving, his brothers Andrew and Nelson and Uncle Eliakin.I hope to track down these ancestors.
Finally, from a letter headed "Headquarters 18th Regt. Mass. Vols., Camp near Falmouth, Virginia, April 8, 1863", he refers to the recent "death of Uncle Justin Root" and that "Aunt Laura Collins was with a day or so...".He closes promising to write to (his brother) Daniel very soon.
This is all I have from his Civil War letters, copies of which are to be found in the libraries of the Civil War Battlefield at Fredericksburg and the "Battle Abbey" in Richmond, VA.Thank you to all who may be abvle to help. Sincerely, Cynthia Pierce