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Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: June 3, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003178
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: June 3 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863

Head Quarters Dist. Memphis
Memphis Tenn. June 3d. / 63

My Dear Darling Emma.
I have
Just been delighted by the re-
-ceipt of another dear letter from
you. You alone dear Emma
can immagine the pleasure
I always experiance upon the
receival of letters from her
whom I love so fondly.
Yes dear Emma I do
feel bad on Deloss account
for I know he loves Fannie
But it is Just as he says. she
never declares her love in writing.
That you see is the legitimate
offspring _ of City-bred. Cod-fish
Aristocracy. before I would wed
a woman of that stripe
I would live single _ until I
was grey as a Wharf _ Rat. “Indeed
would I.”
Fannie [illegible in original] is
a beautiful and accomplished
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863

young Lady, well educated
and refined _ But those false
ideas of Aristocracy spoils her
for me.
Deloss says he is going
to Michigan sure when I do.
I think you will like him very
much _ He is an off handed
Frank. honest lively boy al-
-ways full of fun.
Dear Darling
much Loved Emma – I wish
this “cruel war was over.” it makes
every One more or less unhappy
no One can really enjoy themselves
while such a terrible war is raging
in Our Country _ as you say
we will most likely love all
the more _ for passing through
the firey ordeal _ But dear Girl
this separation is almost unen-
-durable _ Yet I must not com-
plain for I Counted the Cost
before taking the step. and
I thank Providence _ that my
fate has not been that of
poor Frank Goodwins _ and
[yed?] darling Emma it might

[Written sideways on left-hand side of Scn 2]

Dear Emma this letter looks bad Excuse
it _ Mark
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863

have been tree times worse
than his for I have been
surrounded by dangers of
all kinds from the very date
of my enlistment. If health
and life are spared I am
sure I should not grumble.
Dear Emma. these beautiful
moon-light evenings as I gaze
upon fare Lunas face _ I think
of you _ and wish often that
I were in Chickaming _ with
you dear Girl _ But I will try
and content myself _ and
live in Joyful anticipation
of the time when _ we shall
be restored to each other.
Dearest Emma.
You must
be very careful of your
health _ Remember what I said
in my last letter about Kissing
“red Cheeks”. My health is as good
as could be expected in
this Climate _ Of course I
dont feel as well as when
at home _ with comforts which
cannot be obtained in the Army

[Written sideways on left-hand side of Scan 3]

Send the Picture!!!
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: June 3 1863

But Emma dear _ you must
never worry on my account
always think of me as the same care-
lss-happy-Thoughless Mark _ “and
what ever sky’s above me. Here’s a
heart for every fate”. You must
try and enjoy yourself as
much as possible _ Outdoor
exercise will do you much
good. Be happy dear Emma
, and Contented. trusting ever
in a Kind Providence _ Who
“doeth all things well.”
Never distrust my deep-true
and sincere Affection. – always
confide in me _ as I do in
you _ and in spite of “fate” _ we
will see years of happiness.
My friend Thomas Harris is
yet _ at Saint Louis _ is recover-
ing his health slowly _
Give my love to your Mother
Best respects to Jon. &. family.
Write to One who loves you
dearer than any one else on
on earth _
Deloss always sends Love
I am your Own
Loving _ “Mark”
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