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In Their Own Words

March 30, 1865

Civil War Soldier Wrote Sister on Death of Their Brother

A Georgia soldier wrote to his sister concerning the death of their brother - not the first loss they had suffered during the war.

“…I know not how to Express my feelings in this Second great loss that has fallen upon our family a beloved Brother, affectionate Son and above all a devoted Husband & Father has been taken from us. I did hope when I wrote you immediately on Seeing the two notices of Lieut Coln ‘B.L. King’ Knowing that it refered to him notwithstanding the Light Error in the name but trusted all along that he was only wounded. But alas! it was a hope in vain. … Can it be that we shall never more hear his deliberate voice, nor See him manly form again on Earth? Who Can tell the amount of bitter anguish that has been wrung from devoted hearts during the Existence of this cruel war! I am forced to Exclaim My God! when, when, Shall these things Cease, & where shall we be, when they are accomplished? …”

Source: T.H. Galloway (ed.), Dear Old Roswell: Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, Georgia (Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 2003), pp. 123-124.