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Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: September 6, 1863
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Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003193
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: September 6 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863

Head-Quarters, District of Memphis,
Memphis Tenn., Sept. 6th 1863.
My Darling Emma.
Tis Sunday
afternoon Such as you and I
used to Enjoy in Chickaming. And
Oh! how my heart bounds as I
think of those by-gone days which
passed so happy to us. Why dear
girl I used to think myself the most
miserable _ Cuss in the world if
One single day passed without my
seeing you. Yes I loved you
with all the ardor of my “first
affection”. The assertions of my
intimate friends to the contrary
notwithstanding. and they shall see
that with all their sophistry _ and Contempt-
-tible transactions I love you Still _
Dear girl the same love I
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863

posessed for you when I left you
standing by your “Woodside Cottage”
with the silvery rays of the gentle
moon falling upon your sweet
Countenance _ has increased Continually
“Distance lends enchantment”.
I am trying to see what arr-
-angements Can be made toward
visiting my friends this fall _
I presume I Can tell you the
final decision in my next
letter. If I do come Pet. you
Can prepare yourself for
a grand old Kissing _
Dearest we are having very
warm weather in Memphis. indeed
I never Knew before what warm
weather was _ Dont you consider
Mark. lucky in obtaining a
situation in an Office _ where
I have [illegible in original] real hardship to perform
this warm weather
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863

but my Emma I have never shirked
one particle of duty since my
Enlistment. Have ever obeyed
Orders from my superiors. and
I believe have had the hearty good
will of all with whom I have
been connected.
Dearest this Rebellion
is fast “playing Out.” I think that
the next Six months will wind
the thing up in good style. The
honor of the glorious old flag _ which
Traitors have so long disgraced will
yet float in all its original
beauty over every inch of soil
Composing the “old Union of States”
After this has been done we will then
attend to Treason at home.
By the way Darling do you have any
of the Article in that remote Town
Known as Chickaming _ If so who
are the Prime _ Movers.
Give my regards to [Lauren?] Ottis &.
James Gowdy _ Not. “John _ Gowdy”

Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863
Mark Flower Letter: September 6 1863

Give my Love toyourMotheralso,to
John &. family.
The Adjutant General
Just Came into the Office with the re-
_quest that I take a ride arround
our Picket lines with him. Emma
I have a splendid horse _ and
when I am riding him I always
think of you.
I must close write to
me soon _ &. long darling
Deloss is unwell hope he will be
Entirely recovered soon
I Remain Ever your
Affectionate & Loving
& Loved “Mark”

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