United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Bruen, Augusta Forrer--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women


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May 3rd 1864 Dear Little Mary I received a letter today from Papa dated 27th of April, including a three cent piece of 1862. He says "Enclosed, I send a three cent piece, which I think you had better give to little Mary, as I have never given her any thing yet. By the way, I want you to get her picture taken and send me one, my family collection being incomplete. She is about as old as our other children were when they were first daguerreotyped." Papa is now in camp at Nokesville Virginia, but the Army is on the eve of a great battle, under General Grant's direction. Frequent letters come to me, and each one bears evidence of deep love for the wife and little ones left at home. He awaits the impending struggle with anxiety, doubtless, yet is ever cheerful. God grant a great victory, and the safe return of our dear Husband and Father! Perchance in coming years, my little girl will wonder, at so small a present to be sent so far, but in these dark days, silver or metal coins are rare and we look at one as at a curiosity. Then too her Father is in the battle field where nothing can be bought. I trust she will learn to value the heart's intention above the money worth of any gift. To show her how to estimate things by her dear Father's standard, I quote another passage from the same letter. "When I came into the field last Fall I had three cents in my pockets. I carried them until a short time before I went home, when I lost two of them. While there, Robbie one day was playing with four, when I showed him mine telling him that was all I had. He immediately proposed to give me all he had, but I suggested that he should give one to me and one to Frank who also had one, and we should all have two. This he did immediately and seemed very much pleased with the arrangement. I intended to give him mine before I came away, but forgot to do it, and they are still in my pocket. You may imagine those two cents are considerably above par in my estimation." The generous spirit of his little boy sanctified the small gift of one cent! Little Mary must ever remember to let her intention be pure in either giving or receiving. Let the thing be great or small. Remembering this the little "Three cent piece" may prove a treasure of incalculable value. Little Mary, now ten months old plays on the floor as her Mother writes these words, hoping the little one may live long to kiss both Father and Mother. Let her keep the letter and "Three cent piece" as long as she lives in memory of her loving parents. A.F.B. Dear Luther, I did not write this for your eye but finding it needed copying, I did it and have put away the copy with the coin for our youngest darling. Then I thought it might be pleasant to you and lovingly appreciated, so I enclosed this to you. I saw *Dee Boken* this afternoon, he was turned out of his rooms but expects to reopen somewhere in three or four weeks, when I shall try to get the picture for you. You think you can yet write to me, for which I am grateful indeed, it will be a weary anxious time when your letters must cease, and you in the midst of danger. Your name will ever be on my lips *though nervously* attired to the dear Father who knows our deepest and most secret desires. May He keep thee dear one, Augusta



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