Civil War Love Letters

It was 150 years this month, when the Civil War of War Between the States started. The soldiers who fought on both the Union and Confederate side, saw their fellow soldiers killed.

They probably didn’t get many letters from home since they were on the move so much. However, they could write home much easier.

The spelling is atrocious in some of the letters, but I am sure that didn’t matter to the one reading the letters.

This soldier who mentioned death in this love letter died a week later in the Battle of Bull Run.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

6 thoughts on “Civil War Love Letters”

  1. This is an interesting side note from the Civil War when some people thought it would be nice to have a picnic while watching the Battle of Bull Run:

    Civil War Bull Run-A Ruined Picnic Lunch
    In the preparation for Bull Run, the first major battle of the civil war, the feeling in Washington was that the Union Army would simply run the rebels off, secure an easy victory, and win the war. Hundreds of the Washington elite-including members of congress- planned to make a day of it, with a picnic lunch, and and a sideline seat to watch the battle. After the confederate victory, these same Washington elite, along with the Union Army, were soon on a mad dash back to Washington,leaving picnics and blankets in their wake. It was not the festive and rewarding experience they had planned for.

  2. It amazes me that these people thought they could have a nice picnic while watching the battle. They were fortunate to get back from that picnic alive. I would rather fight the mosquitoes at a picnic than watch a battle.

    My idea of a great picnic is Kentucky Fried original chicken and several bags of potato chips.

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