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Crim family papers: H.M. Calhoun letter, 1909 November 7

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Franklin, W. Va., November 7", 1909

Mrs. E. C. Crim, New Market, Va.

My Beloved Friend:- Your very interesting letter of the 31" ult was awaiting me on my return from Randolph County, Friday evening, and I deferred reading the news paper clipping until just now. I suppose that you would not believe it, but great big, rough, hardened man that I am, I could not keep the tears back to save my life. Nobody saw me though, as I am alone in my office, I have always said that there can never be a monument built high enough, nor an in scription [sic] eloquent enough, to adequately commeorate the deeds and suffering of the Confederate women of the South. I wish I could see you now, to take off my hat to you. May God bless you and give you length of days. I have only one thing against the Confederates, and that is that they strut around and permit the women to build monuments to them, while you noble women of the South, who uncheered by the shouts of victorious comrades, or by the strains of martial music in the silence and solitude of your homes, bravely fought out the battle of existence, and yet found time to nurse and care for the sick and dying. Only yourselves and God Almighty will ever know how you ever won out. Then add to this the weary waiting for the news of the battle, hourly expecting to hear of the death of brother, son, father or sweetheart. The story will never-can [underlined] never be adequately told, and yet they [underlined] have built no monument to you [underlined] I would send the letter over to my father, but you know the old Sixty-second is a little tender on the subject of the cadets, as there has as there has been so much made over them, and the 62nd, think that .