“With Great Sorrow I Address You”

“Platitudes for the fallen officer were given in great numbers and the correspondent concluded with a highly personal plea: ‘Poor Joe! May the turf lie lightly on his manly breast.’”

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Major Joseph Gilmour, 48th Pennsylvania

“In the spring of 1864, the pages of Schuylkill County’s most important newspaper was filled with information of exciting events from America’s increasingly bloody civil war. But amid the news of battlefield drama also came the sorrowful news of local soldiers cut to pieces during hellish combat in the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside.”

Read more via Wynning History’s “With great sorrow I address you” – A heartbreaking letter to the father of a fallen Civil War soldier. Ω

Author: Ann Longmore-Etheridge

Writer, journalist, editor, historian.

2 thoughts on ““With Great Sorrow I Address You””

  1. Friendly fire, how galling. And on an entirely frivolous note, I can’t help but notice that the finials of the table he’s resting his arm on are very similar to those on the table I trash-dived for.

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