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1864 February 03
Letter from William A. Crawford in Warren to his wife, Sarah Crawford. Crawford laments his absence from home and writes "I know you will have a greate[sic] many trials and hardships to undergo and I am powerless to help it. God only knows what will become of my dear family." He feels that the generals could have driven the enemy out of Little Rock "long ago" if they had been willing to make the effort
Warren Bradley County Arks
Feb 3rd 1864
My Dear Wife & Children
Mr. Holly will
leave for Saline County tomorrow & seize
the opportunity of sending you a few
lines - I have no news since My last, I
have returned to this place from Monticello.
I have been quite sick all day to day and
have been taking calomel, have some fever
this evening. I think it is cold ails me and
that I will be well again soon.
Sarah I cannot give you any advice
how to proceed at home unless I could be
there, and God only when that will
be, it may be that I will not have the pleasure
of meeting my family again until after
the close of the war. I know you will
have a greate[sic] many trials and hardships
to undergo and I am powerless to help it,
God only knows what will become of my
dear family. Our Generals it appears are
no disposed to do anything for our downtroden[sic]
state, and subordinate officers have not the power.
We could long ago have driven the enemy from
Little Rock if the effort had been made, But
we may do something yet.
I wrote you a few days ago
by Mr Payne which I hope you have rcvd,
I want you without fail to send me
yours & Brickey's ambrotype[.] I have wished
for it a thousand times, also send me
my black uniform pants. I will need them
next summer. I do the best you can with
the children, I hope the Allmighty[sic] will protect
you and them
W A Crawford
Letter, 7.25" x 12.5"
Civil War; Spouses; Correspondence
William A. Crawford
Warren, Bradley County (Ark.)
MS.000047, III correspondence item 14
William Ayers Crawford papers, MS.000047
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, William A. Crawford to Sarah Crawford, William Ayers Crawford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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