Caroline and Cecil Burleigh letters, undated
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[NOTE: Go to Image 2 for start of letter] engaged in the dreadfull [sic] business of dealing death to your fellow men. But I suppose it is the duty of soldiers. it must be very trying to you that with all your hard fighting & shedding of blood, that our side has'nt [sic] been victorious. the first news we heard of the repulse was that Hooker was utterly routed & I can assure you it was trying news. I knew if your life was spared that you would feel it so much; that my heart was full of sorrow & sympathy for you, but later news seems to be more hopefull [sic]. if Hooker makes another attempt I hope you wont be put into action for I should think you must need rest. I hope to receive a letter from your own dear hands soon. I cant write much to night for I am very tired, have been at work outdoors all day; I have found it was all the way I could keep my mind at all at ease, was to keep as hard at work as I could; I have'nt [sic]written since Sunday for I have'nt [sic] felt as if I could, it was such a dreadfull [sic] thought to me that while I was talking to you through the medium of pen, ink & paper, perhaps you was through with all things here, or was suffering untold agony. but when I heard what the Capt wrote, I felt that I must write you a few lines; but I am too tired to write much of a letter. it seems the Capt is wounded, but I should judge from what he writes that the wound is sleight [slight] we saw in the papers yesterday that he was wounded, but there was no full list of the causaluties [casualties]; & you may judge that the anxiety we felt for you, & the news of the repulse of the army, was hard to hear, but thank God our hopes are brighter to day although [sic] I am fearfull [sic], that as the Capt had to leave the feild [field], that he does not certainly know of the fate of all of you yet, You have seen the sickneng [sickening] sights of a battle feild [sic] & I cant believe you are anxious to see another. & I hope you wont have to. Some of the papers are down [NOTE: go to Image 3 for continuation of letter]