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Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 3, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003202
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: December 3 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863

Head Quarters Dist. ofMemphiS
Memphis Tenn Dec 3.rd 1863,
My own darling Emma.
Your noble
letter reached me this morning , and
although I am laboring under a
severe fit of indisposition _ which had
Compelled me to declare myself unfit
for Office work _ Yet I must answer
my darlings good letter _ for I have
been silant already too long ~
Yet I Know my Emma will forgive
me when I tell her that I have al-
-most worked myself todeath _ for
the past two weeks – During the
day I have been constantly busy
in the Office _ And Evenings as late
as ten or Eleven O’Clock my time
has been occupied in making out
Certificates of Enrollment for Conscripts
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863

Were it not My Country _ that thus
has Claimed my time _ I would
not thus Enslave myself _
Darling One _ During the
time referred to we have Enrolled as
Militia over ten thousand of the
Citizens of Memphis ~ They have got
to help Uncle Samuel maintain
and deffend the honor of this
Nation.
Dear, Darling Emma – We
have again been victorious in Tennessee.
Our brave Genl. Grant has at last
driven that Arch Traitor Bragg
from Chattanooga – and the
Federal Army now occupy and
hold nearly all the Territory of
Tennessee _ If Mead Can only
be as successful in Virginia – then
I Shall hold up both hands and
ExClaim _ The “Big Contract” _ which
has Cost so much blood and Treasure
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863

which has made so many homes des-
-olate _ which has parted ~ darling
- for ever in this life _ many _ many
who perhaps were as dear to Each
other as we which so many noble
True, and brave patriots have
Sealed with their last drop of blood ~
Oh! Emma this is a terrible
An Awful War _ but how dearly
are traitors paying for their Crime
Their homes are indeed desolated _ their
towns and Cities are laid waste _ and
famine stares them in the face _
May God in His mercy grant _
that Our Conquering Armies may go
on from Victory to Victory _ until
the last Rebel Army is vanquished
Until the last Traitor in the land
may to his government return his
Allegiance or suffer the proper
penalty of his Crimes _
My Constant prayer is for
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 3 1863

the blessings of an honorable peace
when Our glorious Old flag may
wave in triumph over a happy
and United people from the great
river St. Lawrence totheGulf stream
and from the Atlantic tothe
Pacific _ May God Speed the day.
Dearest Emma you may
Consider that a grand stretch
of the imagination _ but although
I am neither a “Prophet nor the
son of One” yet I am sanguin of
final success _
Darling you need no reassurance
of my deep affection for you _
You are truely aware that
you are dearer to me than all
Else in the world and I look
forward with feelings ofpleasure
when we shall again be re-
united _ Be a good girl _ may God
bless and protect you forever
Lovetoyour Mother _ Yours forever
and alone Mark

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