To Vida May, My father's Civil War Hymn Book in 1861 AD A keepsake.

Your dad,

Henry Goforth

This the 11th day of May, 1954, Mothers Day. This is a true story of this my father's song book in the war of the rebellion of 1861 to 1865. My father was a Ky. By birth at Owensboro, Ky. He went in the Northern Army at 15 years of age as a substitute for the other man. He wore the Blue, as they called them a Yankee Soldier. He never received one dollar for his services the 4 straight years he was in service. They have his record in Washington, D.C. He belonged to the 13 Extreme Iowa Regiment, and so lawyer Baker and Senator Caraway at Jonesboro, Ark. worked on it for years and worked it up to finding just one witness of that Regiment to swear he was the one that fought that war. There was $30,000 in Washington, D.C. for back pay, a government pension for him for the rest of his life, but failed in it all, and died without one dollar of it. And this war song book he carried all through the war, and his sister covered the book with homemade Linsey cloth over 80 years ago. A true autobiography of this my father's song book. Thomas Jefferson Goforth.

By George H. Goforth

  Notes about "substitute soldiers" :

From A History of Iowa by Leland L. Sage,

Thomas Jefferson GOFORTH served as a substitute soldier for the other man.