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Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: February 4, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003163
Collection Number: c00005 – Emma Miller Papers
Language: English
Rights Management: Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by Michigan State University and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: c00005 – Emma Miller Papers
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863

Head Quarters
Genl. Hamilton
Memphis February 4th
1863
My Dear Dear Emma,
As I write
that name how many remembr-
-ances rush upon me. For more
than six months , has that name been
a Tallisman to my heart, waking
its. emotion at will.
You are the
first woman _ that ever I really
loved. And oh! how happy I
used to be even in Chickaming
after I loved you _ For there was
Emma _ There was my Emma _ and
of course I was contented.
Some-
times I have strange forbodings _ Some
times _ I think Emma is too good
for me _ You always seemed so
n
in^ocent when compared with our
City Belles.
But Dear One. I
never deceived you. [unrestrained?]
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863

as us boy’s were _ It is not so
very strange that sometimes _ we were
wild &. Somewht reckless.
Darling. You
You enquire _ about the letter sent
to me a few days ago by Mr _
Wilkinsons People _ The letter was in
answer to one written some time
since to Hattie _ Yet I must confess
I did not expect any reply.
He spoke of you very carefully
respectfully _
Cousin Deloss has
Gone Home on a Furlough of
Ten day’s _ Being on detached
service He Could obtain a Leave
of Absence without much trouble
My dear dear Emma _ What
a comfort your love is to me.
You alone can imagin the Joy
I experience in Contemplating
our future happiness.
Sometimes
Loved One I can but despair
at the prospects before every
American _ When I witness the [Treason?]

Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863

in the Northern States _ which al-
ready stalks abroad at noon-
-day _ threatning to trample under
foot the nearest &. dearest Principles
of every Patriot Heart.
The Fire –
in the Rear party which six months
ago _ we scorned _ sneared &. laughed
at _ with derision _ we begin to
fear.
Our people at home have
been to lenient with Treason
Had they Crushed the [two words illegible in original]
ere it gained the strength of life
all would have been well _
But now it is a living Hydra
Headed Monster _ We fear to
meddle with it lest it oer whelm
in its mighty Power.
Dear Dear
Emma _ To day the prospects of
America are indeed [poor?]
All would be well did
our people stand united
But we are divided _ Instead
of aiding our Government. They
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863
Mark Flower Letter: February 4 1863

clogg its wheels and [Embarass?]
its movements.
We have a big
Job before us _ and every re-
-source _ and Every man must
be brought into [requisition?] if we
would succeed _ if we loose _ like
the Roman’s of yore no longer
will the boast _ I am an American
Citizen. Insure respect & guarantee
protection. But Dearest. Darling
Emma Let us still hope that
God may recognize the Justice
of our cause _ and restore our
ancient Glory &. renown.
Dear &. much Loved. Emma
Pardon me for writing upon the
Political Condition of our Country
But I could not help it although
I do not despair _ I feel the
danger which threatens us.
I Remain Your Own
Promised Husband _ May
we live to witness many many
happy years _ In a country restored
from the disasters of War

[Written sideways on left-hand side of Scan 4]

Love to your Mother _ Respects to Johns
family _ I remain your own Mark
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