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3484Re: [TalkAntietam] Last Letter of Confederate Officer, MW/KIA at Sunken Road (Long)

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  • G E Mayers
    Jun 11, 2007
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      Dear 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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      From: <128thpa@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      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.
      > You
      > 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
      > secrets".
      > 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
      > also.
      > Thanks again.
      > Paula
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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