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Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: April 21, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003171
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: April 21 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

Head Quarters __
Dist. of Memphis
Memphis Tenn April 21
1863
Scratch _
scratch _ scratch _ nothing but
the scribble of the pen from
morning until night _ or the quick
business answer of the Adjutant
General _ to the importunities
of Citizens who throng our Office
in hopes to receive redress for
some fancied grievance _ But
Dear Emma I Can give you
the assurance they receive but
little satisfaction _ from these
Headquarters _ For our business
is fighting Traytors _ Not giving
them “Aid and Comfort.”
Dearest
you say you write to me regularly
every week _ Positively I receive or
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

recently received on an aver-
=age one letter in three weeks
it seems very strange _ I am
also of the opinion you dont
receive over one half of my letters
Darling much Loved Emma
I am of your mind in regard
to our “love”. I dont imagine there
are One in Five Thousand
that love with that deep true
firm _ affection which marks
our Courtship _ O Dear and
Fondly Loved One. I would give
a great deal to see you this
afternoon _ to press you to
my heart to gaze into your
deep expressive eyes and endeavor
to read your thoughts _ and the
feelings _ and promptings of your
heart. It was too bad that the
Condition of our Country was
such as to Compell me to leave
my Emma _ Just as we had learned
to love so fondly _ But dearest

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

as a Nation Compelled to fight
and undergo a vast amount of
suffering to Establish its Freedom
and Independance appreciates
those liberties _ when finally obtained
So indeed will our love grow
stronger by passing through
the firey Ordeal of a danger=
=ous separation, Yes, distance
“lends Enchantment” to the brave
true heart.
Emma Dearest One
‘tis strange my affections were
not bestowed upon another long
before I made your aquaintance
for when I say I have ever
been thrown among the beautiful
and accomplished it is no
Empty boast: but none of then
Could win my love _ no. I
Could not love those whose
minds were bound up in
fashions, or dollars and Cents _
But when Emma came on
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

to the docket Marks heart
Could not stand the seige and
was finally surrendered “Con-
ditionally” Those Conditions
you understand were as follows
Viz: I was to receive your
heart _ your love _ and your-
-self _ And I Know the victory
was mine _ for what am I
compared with Emma _ and
all her inocence _ Nothing.
Then Mrs. Frank Gowdy is of
the opinion Emma loves Jim
stronger than Mark. Ha, ha! Well
Emma I’m not Jealous. Jim has
many noble traits of character
and I think when married will
become a steady man and
always a Kind and affection=
=ate husband.
No I never belonged to the
“Good Templars” _ for I have ever
prefered being free _ Knowing
at the same time that I could
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863, Page: 5

Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 21 1863

[1863, April 21]

be a man _ discharging every obligation
to Society without obeying the rules
of any association ¬ preferring to
give my loose change to some
more charitable Institutions. Emma
I fancy I have sufficient Con=
trole of myself to shake of any very
bad habit which I may posess _
Still I consider the “Good Temp=
=lars in the main _ a very good Institu=
=tion _ although _ at Aurora it was
productive of a vast amount of
evil _ I will tell you how some day.
Give my love to your Mother
Respects to [Jon.?] and family &.
all friends _
I Remain as ever.
Your Own Promised
Mark

Miss Emma
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