PS Victoria, looking at your previous posts, I realize that the Bible ref. should be "Edward Z. Brailey' NOT 'Edward G.'
The Bible refers to Orinda's plae of birth as 'Centerville'. My cousin has that in Massachusetts. Obviously, I don't know which of those is correct.
The Civil war letters seem to be mainly addressed to his sisters, either 'Sue' (also 'Susie') or 'Sis' (presumably Pauine).Charles signs himself as 'Charlie' which somehow makes it all seem more real. I liked the bit where he encouraged 'Sis' in her singing.
Another bit I thought might interest you was written by my Grandmother: 'There are five Paulines in our family. My Grandmother was Pauline. After her death my Grandfather married again and named his daughter after his first wife - Pauline. This daughter married a Mr. Bailey [sic] and she had three daughters, Grace, Maud and Edna. All married and had children. Edna had a daughter Pauline. I am named after my Grandmother, Pauline Ryder and have a daughter Pauline Ewer Glavis.'
Charles Cary Ewer was wounded in the neck and lung, injuries which are supposed to have lead to his early death. He received a pension, starting May 6th 1863 of $8.00 a month (pay being sent to Boston) which was paid to the24th Ocober 1863, when it stopped because he was in the Civil Service [Washington??].
A Washington obituary (in the National Republican) says in part: 'Mr. Ewer came to Washington about fourteen years ago, having been wounded while serving in the Forth-fourth Regiment of Massachusetts (Volunteers) and received an appointment in the office of the SEcond Auditor, which he continued to hold up to the time of his death. During nearly all his residence in Washington he was most active in connection with the musical organizations....ans was also a successful teacher of vocal music. For years he did probably more than any one else to keep alive the Philharmonic, so that its present flourishing condition became possible. He was also among the first promoters of the Choral Society which had so brief, though brilliant, a career....As leader of the choir of the Unitarian Church, and subsequently of that of St. John's, he not only earned himself an enviale reputation, but did much to raise the standard of music in our churches.'
His funeral took place on February 15th 1879 atSt. John's Episcopal Church in Washington and he was buried at Glenwood Cemetery.