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Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1863 February 25

Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1863 February 25
Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1863 February 25
Written from Jerdone Castle, Louisa County, Virginia. Letter discusses their mother's death.


  • 1863 February 25


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Jerdone Caste- Louisa Co- Va
Feb. 25th, 1863
My dear Lucy-
Your very kind and exceedingly interesting letter bearing the date the [blank] inst. came to hand on yesterday, and I need hardly say that we were delighted to hear from you once more, for it had been more than a month since we had had a line from you, and we were feeling quite uneasy about you: for both Anna and I had written to you, and rec’d no answer. I suppose you will be surprised when you get this to find that we are at home! Yes we were called home by one of the most distressing and painful occurrences that is our lot to experience in this world- the death of our poor dear mother: she died very suddenly on the 15th inst. with either Diphtheria or membranous croup. So sudden was her death that even Julia who was staying with Mary and Mary herself only arrived a few minutes before she died. I rec’d a letter from Pa dated the 13th which only casually mentioned that she was a little complaining on the next day she went to bed and then Julia and Mary were sent for. A physician was sent for, a thing that is sadly needed in this neighborhood: and on the next morning she told them she was dying. I had just rec’d orders from the Medical Director to break up my hospital and he had given me orders to travel on an inspection tour from Richmond to Wilmington, through every Regt. and Hosp’t in the whole Dept. and was turning over the Hospital supplies when I rec’d a dispatch (about 2 o’clock PM) that my mother was dead. I completed the task of turning over the supplies, and went before the Examining Board and asked for a furlough of twenty days, which they readily granted offering to give one as long as I wished, as they had been anxious for me to take one for some time on account of my health. We left Goldsboro the same night at nine o’clock, and reached home on Wednesday in time to be present at the burial. Just to think of it!! That there was no other white person there except Pa, and she was so anxious to see her children before she died. But it is said that everything happens for the best and we should bear everything with an even resignation. William got here on Monday evening and Johnie[sic] and Clarence on Friday from the Va. Mil. Institute. We are quite lonely here now- no one but Pa and Julia here: Mary went home on Monday, William on yesterday and Johnnie and Clarence today. We saw Louise in Richm’d as we came through; she was suffering a little from a cold. She and Miss Nellie Palmer are coming up on Saturday to spend awhile with is. I shall not return to N.C. if I can help it, but shall endeavor to be stationed somewhere in Virginia. No more at present. I wish you could come on and stay sometime with us. Excuse haste. Write soon to
Your fond and affectionate brother
C.G. Coleman, Jr

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