Identifier

MSS.6.330

Date

8-15-1864

Subjects

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Dallas, Fannie V.--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women

Notes

4 pages; + calling card from Mrs Dallas with short note on back

Transcription

Georgetown D.C. Aug. 15th 1864 Dear Mrs. Bruen I regret very much that your letter of the 5th has remained so long unanswered, but I have been quite unwell for the last week and hand not the courage to do anything. I feel so much for you all, dear friend, in this second great loss and yet how little consolation can one give to your aching hearts, I sincerely grieve for you, as I know the sad vacuum left by death, having lost a brother and two sisters some years ago. I felt it deeply then, but as long as God spares my dear husband, I'll willingly suffer any and everything, he has been in great danger, several times, since I saw you, but has escaped and I had the great pleasure of seeing him well and happy, about two weeks ago; he spoke of your frequently and begged God to give your resignation and comfort in your sore trial, not dreaming you had another dear one to mourn for. Ah! How many happy homes have been made desolate by this horrid, cruel war and in most cases the brightest and best are the victims. I love our country and would make many sacrifices, but am not willing to give my all, for dearly as I love my parents, sisters and brothers, none can take the place of my husband, we have no children to share our love, consequently are all in all to each other; this reparation is so hard to bear, yet I should never complain as long as he is alive. I hear from him daily and am so glad his position is more comfortable and though more or less in danger, is not so much exposed as formerly, he is on Gen. Patrick's staff. I send the enclosed which I received yesterday. Major Blunt was commanding the Regt. when my husband left, but has been obliged to leave on account of serious illness at present. Lieut. *Vanbalzah* who was reported killed has been from at Macon Ga and is unwounded. Capt. *Smedlerg* of the 14th has gone North, but is so feared he will not recover, the others are doing very well I believe. I am at present, with me Aunt, Miss Meade, but think it very probable I will return to father's. My youngest sister, her husband and babe, have gone to reside in Boston. (offset: Mrs Dallas 1864) Mother is, for the first time since her marriage, without one of her children at home. I know how lonely she will feel and think it but right to go to her, unless some other change is made. Write to me as often as you can. I will be so glad to hear from you. God bless you and yours my dear friend, and may He give peace to your troubled hearts. With much love to your little children and yourself. Believe me. Yours affectionately, Fannie V. Dallas (On envelope) Mrs. Alex J. Dallas 461 *Ninth st. bet E+F*Called at the hospital and was very *confusing text*

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