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Sullivan's Letter Home

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Amanda McDaniel

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Transcript of Sullivan's Letter Home

#7 Sullivan's Letter Home
Group #4
Jaki Neff
Amanda McDaniel
Ja'Qwesha Massaline
Stephanie Rodriguez
Key Details.
“Sarah, my love for you is deathless.”
“Yet my love of country comes over me like a strong wind.”
“The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them for so long.”
Author's Perspective.
He states how much he loves Sarah, he wants to return home unharmed, and even if he dies, he will still be with her, just not physically.
He is willing to risk his life, and all his joys, for his freedom, and for his country, for he leaves Sarah behind to go fight in the war.
He is delighted that he got to enjoy all the “blissful moments” with Sarah.
Support of Author's Perspective.
“Sarah, my love for you is deathless.”
“When my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.”
“Sarah, do not mourn for me.”
“I shall always be near in; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights...”
Facts about the Author
Sullivan Ballou was a 32-year old attorney
His concern was proved true when Ballou was killed as Rhode Islanders marched from Matthews Hill
Tens of thousands of letters were wrote, but none were more famous than Ballou's.
"My Very Dear Wife" was written in Washington D.C., on July 14, 1861.
Additional Paragraph of Ballou's letter.
"As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father's love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care, and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers, I call God's blessing upon them. O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children."
Main Idea.
The letter was written by Sullivan Ballou, to his wife, Sarah. He wrote it on July 14, 1861, as he was getting ready to leave for war. In the letter, he describes how he feels about his wife, and his country. He states that he loves Sarah endlessly, but he feels he needs to support his country, too.
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