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Category:  Romance

Sullivan Ballou's Letter to his Wife

 

A week before the battle of Bull Run Sullivan Ballou, a Major in the 2nd
Rhode Island Volunteers, wrote home to his wife in Smithfield.

 

July the 14th, 1861

Washington DC

 

 

My very dear Sarah:

 

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days - perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more….

 

…Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break…

 

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us…

 

… my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name…

 

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night -- amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours - always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by…

 

Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.

 

Sullivan

 

 

Sullivan Ballou was killed a week later at the 1st Battle of Bull Run.

 

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