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Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864

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Creator: Mark Flower
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: January 10, 1864
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A003206
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: January 10 1864, Page: 1

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864
Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864

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Head Quarters Dist.ofMemphiS
Memphis Tenn. Jany. 10.th 1864.
My own loving Emma.
Your Kind and
loving letter came tohand a few
moments ago _ and you see darling
I am going torespond immediately
like a good and true Lover.
Dearest Emma _ I am sorry
to see you feeling so sadly _ what is the
reason for it? Have I done any thing
tocause you toregret your intimacy
with your loving Mark? Is there any
thing you desire that you have not the
meansofprocuring _ Do you doubt my
affection? Darling be franK with me.
You are in trouble _ and yet you
do notfully confide in me _ why is
this Pet? Do tell me all in your
next communication _ There is no
cause for cold formality _ in our affairs

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864, Page: 2

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864
Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864

Your letters have not been very regular
of late but I do not blame you dearest
for the Rivers are obstructed with ice, and
the RailRoads with Snow _ Consequently
all mail matter is very much delayed.
I am of your opinion regarding foul
play with ourcorrespondence for I
am sure you do not receive all of
the letters written by me _ I only wish
I Knew positively _
Darling if we had only
been as well acquainted the winter I
spent in Chickaming _ How very happy
it would have been for us both _
I loved you from the time I
first met you at Abdon Wilkinsons
but I then believed you were in love
with [illegible in original] _ and I considered him so
much brighter _ and better looking
than myself that I dare make no
advancement _ By theway darling how
is [illegible in original] and Miss “Joe” prospering

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

An officers wife was presented last week with a fine girl
baby and as they were friends of mine they agreed to call
it Emma to suit me – I bought it a nice _ Hat. Dress. and _ Shoes _
Bully for us _ Em
Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864, Page: 3

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864
Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864

The draft may take some of the boys who
never intended to support Uncle Sam.
But I have nothing tosay in their Cases
for I am sure their own Consciences
should dictate their Course _
Oh! My Emma – Could I but rest
myself from almost Constant toil and have
your Sweet good society to Enjoy then
I would be happy indeed _ I am not
Satisfied with my brief visit last fall _
tobesure it was plesant but decidedly
toobrief _ I think this war will close
next summer Emma _ and then I am
sure we will both be happy _ Do my friends
in ChicKaming ever mention my name
Pet? We will one day prove to them
that we Cared very little for their disinter-
-Ested interferance in our behalf _
Now My Emma _ in your next
letter be Kind enough to tell me what
Causes you so much trouble _ I Know
you are feeling bad about something

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864, Page: 4

Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864
Mark Flower Letter: January 10 1864

and I am anxious toKnow all about it.
Have you taken any “CutterRides” this
winter? If I were only with you it would
be some different from the winter I spent
in Chickaming _ we would ride _ and
skate _ and dance _ &. Enjoy ourselves
generally _ I Know we would _
Some talk again of Genl. Veatch taK-
-ing the field _ I hope it is so. for I
think the “smellofPowder” after so long
arest would do us all an imense
amount of good _ besides there are some
Chances for glory there _ Cousin Deloss
and I were out toafriends todinner
today _ had a good time considering it
was Sunday _ I also went to church
had a dry Sermon _ sure _ something about
the Apostle Paul _ Cant tell you what
for the Minister dident talK comon
sense _ or Else I am not capable of under-
-Standing the points in his [illegible in original] _ He
did’nt pray for the President nor our cause
consequently ought tohave been KicKed
clear across _ the Mississippi into ArKansas
write to me soon my own loved Emma
From your loving Mark _

[Written sideways on left-hand side of Scan 4]

The babys name is Emma Fairburn
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