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Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: April 27, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003172
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 27 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

Head-Quarters, District of Memphis,
Memphis, Tenn., April 27th 1863.
Dearest Dearest One.
Your letter
came safely to hand this after=
-noon while I was busy in making
out “Furloughs” for our brave
soldier Boys _ I Can assure you
dearest I was tempted to make
one for “Mark” _ and pass it
over to General Veatch for his sig=
=nature _ So that I could go to
darling “Emma” _ But as Mother,
and Sister “Delia,” and “Mama”,
are coming down to Aurora
to spend the summer _ and will
expect me to visit them _ I had
better not make the attempt to ob=
=tain any “Leave of Absence” until
then _ But Dear, Darling. Loved
Emma. I am almost Confident
before _ the September winds _ ruffle
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

the leaves arround your Cottage
by the Woodside _ You will see your
Mark _ Oh! Emma. I will nearly
smother you with Kisses _ Yes
I am sure when we meet we
shall be so happy _ that words
Cannot half express it _ Emma
does [Sausen?] Ottis – ever mention
my name. and what does he
say in regard to this poor
specimenie of flesh _ and blood.
He was an intimate friend of
my Dear Friend – “Freman Goodwin.”
Oh! that this monsterous
rebellion was crushed _ How many
pray daily for a cesation of
hostilities _ I am very anxious
that Peace _ Glorious Heavenborne
Peace should once more shed
its benign influences over
our once happy _ and beloved
country _ But. Darling. before High
Heaven _ I now sincerely [decree?]
that I want nothing but War War
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

Death _ and desolation until
we Can have an Honorable peace.
No. may the iron tread of war
and destruction _ rage for five
Hundred long weary years. before
We compromise _ The Honor of
this Nation must be vindicated _ if every
Rebellious State is drenched with
Humane blood _ Every Southern
City laid waste. and thousands
and thousands of Our bravest
and best Citizens sacrificed.
Dear Emma. Do not consider
me heatrless _ or unfeeling. ‘Tis my
love for the Land of my Birth, My
House _ My Country.
The hardships
and dangers of a Campaign of
Nine months _ has not cooled my
Patriotism. Dearest One. We
must never never Compromise with
Traitors _ The advantages we have
obtained must be followed up _ The
wealth _ and resourses of the North
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

must be given to the Government.
Northern Copperheads and Traitors
should be hung higer than “Hay man”.
_ Do this and we shall soon
return to our homes _ and loved
Ones Satisfied with our labor.
Dear Emma _ The other evening
I went to a Party. at the Residence
of one of the wealthiest Citizens in
Memphis There were many Federal
officers, heads of Departments
and their clerks present. It
was a “Southern Party”. with all
the “appurtenantcies _ thereunto apper-
-taining”. there were many young Ladies
present. But none that could make
Mark happy _ None in that vast Con-
-course of Southern “Femenines.” that
looked to me as well as you dear
girl _ none _ so innocent _ and true _
But there was paint upon their faces
and jewels upon their persons _
But none could make my heart
bound _ No. it made me Sad for
I longed to rush from their
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 5

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

gaudy presance _ to some se-
cluded spot. where I could at
least think of you.
I dream
of you dear Emma very very
often, and always think we are
happy.
I am sorry you can-
sidered it necessary to cut off
your hair _ But it may come
in better _ and it may relieve
you from Head aches.
My health seems very
good although my lungs are eff-
-ected _ caused by exposure last
winter _ in the Field _ I am having
good Medical attendants _ and
providence permitting _ shall come
out straight in the long run.
yet I am not blind to the
dangers of the discease _ for when
it becomes seated _ [ten?] die with it
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 6

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

when one survives _ I dont say
any thing of this to pain you_ but
we promised each other to keep
no secret hidden from each other.
This discease has troubled me
some two months _ I should have
told you ere this _ But I have
been waiting to see what changes
would take place this Spring _ Do.
not worry Dear Emma for I am
much better than I was some
two or three months weeks ago _
Write to me often Dearest.
In my last letter to you I forgot
a very important item viz: Add-
=ressing you in the begining. When
I am writing “Private” letters in the
Office I quite often omit to com=
-mence by addressing the person _ as the
General often lookes over ones
shoulder supposing _ they are engaged
on Official Business. When I had
finished the letter my mind was
off
called ^ upon some business
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 7

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

connected with the Office
consequently _ I sealed – and
placed it in Mail Bag _ not
thinking _ to finish the most import-
-ant part:
Have letters from
Minnesota every week _ My
People are well and doing
First rate _ notwithstanding the
Indian Depredations upset
business affairs _
Father is
anxious I should go into
business _ in Minnesota _ in
company with him after the
War _ Do you think you
would like the Country. Dear
One? It is a most beautiful
and fertile State. The Indians
are to be removed from there
entirely.
Cousin Deloss is
first rate _ sends love to you,
How’s Lizzie? Answer this

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863, Page: 8

Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863
Mark Flower Letter: April 27 1863

Soon. Give my love to your
Mother. Respects to Jim &. Family
and always remember I love you

I Remain _
Your Own Loving
Mark.



P..S..
Charlie Goodwin
has not been exchanged.
He has written but little in re-
gard to his visit in Chickaming _ but
says he has Important _ news to
Communicate when he sees me.

[To?]
Miss Emma Miller
Chickaming
Michigan
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