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Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: November 21, 1862
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003154
Collection Number: c00005 – Emma Miller Papers
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: c00005 – Emma Miller Papers
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862

Head Quarters.
Genl. Hamilton
Near Lagrange Tenn.
Nov 21st 1862.
My Own Darling Loved Emma.
By last nights
mail I received three letters from
you. You only can tell how I have
longed for your dear letters. I th-
ought it very very strange that my
Emma did not write to her Own
Mark. But dearly Loved Emma
I did not for one moment
doubt your constancy. No. Dear
One. On the contrary I feared
you were sick. I was much afraid
my Promised Emma was not able
to write to me. We have been so
much upon the march Since
leaving Corinth that I Could
not write to Any One. However
I wrote you some time since
which letter you had not
received when your last was
written.
But Darling Sweet Emma
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862

With what a thrill of Pleasure
did I break open those letters.
With what joy did I read
them _ and reread them. Yes
and then lay until after 12. oclock
wide awake. thinking of Dear
Dear Emma.
Loved Emma
I can assure you my Love
increases Every day. You are
dearer to me today than when
we parted at your Mothers gate
Emma if you love me as
Dearly &. Devotedly. As I do you
an assurance of my true love
thrills you with Joy.
I never [view?]
fair [illegible in original] face but I think of
my Emma. How sweet you were
that night dearest. How inocent.
How Lovely to Marks view. I could
hardly bear to quit your side
But the stearn duties of life
called me away from her
I loved so dear. and I was
so proud to see you exhibit
such noble traits of character
in parting. But time
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862

with its ceaseless [wing?] will
soon carry me beyond the
limits of my enlistment then
we shall meet &. I am sure
it will be a happy meeting.
Why Dearest I am surp-
-rised that the Citizens of Chickaming
(Some of them) Should know so
much (So little) of Mark D.
Flower’s history. In the first
place I never informed any
Person in Chickaming of
any of my History except your-
-self. And if any of the boys
had told any of the Citizens of
Chickaming any such thing
I should have known it.
One part of the story is
true. I have a rich Uncle
who lives in Aurora I am
a favorite of his &. he will
do any thing for Mark for
he thinks him about right. this
dear Emma I tell you _ but
never have told any one else
about it.
This Uncles name is
Wm C. Hawkins. and is one of
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862
Mark Flower Letter: November 21 1862

principal Partners of the Firm
of Goodwin Gowdy &. Co.
So you
can easily see that my friends
in Chickaming Knew less
of my history than they
imagined.
I received a letter
from my Uncle a few mor-
ning’s since in which he stated
that they missed me in
Michigan. Thinks I to myself
there is another who misses
Mark too. Am I not right?
Farther than that I have
Father Mother Sisters three.
Which you dear Emma
can inform them if you
wish. I must confess my
self very much surprised
at the Conduct of Miss Josie.
If I were to pass my op-
-inion upon the subject I
would say It was far
from Honorable. her [illegible in original]
to say nothing about reading
the letter.
I think had they
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