While researching her biography of Susan Dickinson and Martha Dickinson Bianchi, Martha Nell Smith came across this most intriguing short essay by one of Emily Dickinson's second (or third) cousins, written in memory of Martha Dickinson Bianchi. Since this pertains to Edward Dickinson's youngest brother (i.e., Emily's uncle), and since it is clear that his Amherst relatives knew of these activities, this information may have important relevance to the Dickinsons' supposed silence regarding the Civil War. Austin Dickinson paid $500 to send a substitute to fight for him in the Union Army. His Uncle Sam took quite a different path.

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