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Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: December 23, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003204
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 23 1863, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863

Head Quarters Dist.ofMemphis
Memphis Tenn. Dec. 23. - 1863.
Darling Much Loved Emma.
After
waiting a very long time your letter
has finally reached me _ Oh! Emma
only those who love as we do Know
the deep , and true pleasure experianced
at the receipt of a dear letter from
the object of their affection _ Darling
I am truely happy when reading
your loving letters _ Some times in
dreams I wander with you my
Emma by some [swirling broocKlet?]
and arm in arm we listen to
its sweet music _ we gaze together in
imagination upon fair Luna’s pale face _
whose rays oflight seems born for us
alone _ such is love _ Scenes like those
beget love in all its purity _ Do
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863

you Ever look upon the bright [Aurora?]
without a thrill of Joy _ I do not
for beneath its clear beam we learned
Each others love _ and darling we were
then happy & contented _ It was too
bad that Circumstances _ the dread-
-ful Consequences of which we could
notgovern Compelled us So very
Soon thereafter topart _ Yet I have
no doubt in the End it will be
much better for us both _
Yes darling your picture did
Come to hand Safe _ but not exactly
Sound as the glass was broken
and yet the picture was not
defaced _ I acknowledged its receipt
in a previous letter _
Dear One _ How do you , and
John M. [Glarin?] agree _ Not very
well I imagine _ But never mind
darling let Our Enemies say or
do as they may _ The time will
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863

Come when they Can all see
that they had no influence over two
hearts _ who loved devotedly _
Remember those two lines from Ingo-
-mar _ They are Sweet _
Two Souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as One _
My cousin Deloss is now
in Memphis again _ we have good
times together _ He often speaks of
you Emma , and always says
“I am going towrite to Emma Soon
His time is very much occupied _
I am Nervous today _ and my writing
is miserable _ I am Compelled towrite
fast in Order tosend by todays
mail _ Consequently My Emma
will Excuse me this time I will
try , and write toyou again Ere long _
Yesterday I received news from
home that little Sister Mama was
very sick _ Not expected tolive _ Oh!
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863
Mark Flower Letter: December 23 1863

May God who doeth all things well
Spare her tous _ for She is a Sweet
girl _ and Our home would seem des-
-olate indeed without her _ You shall
hear from her soon again_
Yesterday we cannonaded
the Rebels from our gun-boats in
the river, and Batteries on this
side of the Miss _ They appeared yes-
-terday morning in Considerable force
on the ArKansas side of the river _ Our
firing although heavy _ did little Ex-
-ecution.
No Enemy in view this morn-
ing _ Darling write to me soon, and
often _ Love toyour Mother, and
my best respects to John & family _
I Still remain
Your Own loving
“Mark”

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