3484Re: [TalkAntietam] Last Letter of Confederate Officer, MW/KIA at Sunken Road (Long)
- Jun 11, 2007Dear Paula,
Thanks for the comments. As to Captain Marsh's notations about
being in the autumn of life and his female cousin being so young,
from the manner in which he writes it, I am wondering if perhaps
she might be more early to middle teens? IIRC, a girl at 13
became a "young lady" and, depending on society status, was
expected to start acting like one.
I would really love to know the name of the cousin to whom Marsh
sent his last letter. The letter itself is all the more poignant
due to it. I also oft wonder if the cousin did try to eventually
answer his letter only to have it returned to her? Or, did
Marsh's brother possibly write her to inform her of the death of
his brother or cousin?
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
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Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 10:03 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Last Letter of Confederate Officer,
MW/KIA at Sunken Road (Long)
> <<Will you make a bargain with me to
> tell me your love secrets in return for my own or would I be an
> unfair one. You are so young and I so far advanced in years.
> just in the bloom of loves springtime, I in the autumn.>>
> Teej and Gerry, thanks for sharing this really neat letter.
> While all the terrain and marching info was very interesting; I
> find the everyday conversation even more so. You state he was
> about 30, he mentions that the person he is corresponding with
> is "so young"; yet he is willing to tell his secrets to her.
> If she is just in the bloom of loves springtime - she might be
> in her late teens or early 20's? I guess she is "so young" to
> him, but is obviously old enough to possibly have "love
> I think this shows how much these soldiers - though life around
> them was horrible, survived upon the mundane and everyday
> occurrences of home.
> I can't remember where I read this - it was in one of the 128th
> letters - but the soldier was complaining that he didn't have
> many female correspondents. Captain Martin mentions this
> Thanks again.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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