By all accounts, Sullivan and Sarah's marriage was a very happy one. If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights … always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. He received his formal education at the Phillips Academy of Andover, Mass. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. Greeley of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry identified a human femur, vertebrae and portions of pelvic bones. Financial support for the original broadcast of The Civil War was provided by General Motors Corporation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and The John D. Immediately following the Confederate evacuation from the Manassas area in March 1862, a contingent of Rhode Island officials, including Governor William Sprague, visited the Bull Run battlefield to exhume their fallen sons and return them to their native soil.
The article mentioned makes fun reading, but is not attributed. From November 19 to February 1, Ballou commanded the. Burnside quickly shifted his men to the left of the road to meet the threat, forming the balance of the 2nd in a battle line and ordering them up the hill behind the skirmishers. The question of authenticity does not need to adhere to a particular writer. The remains of his body were transported back to Rhode Island, where they were laid to rest in Providence's Swan Point Cemetery.
They had two sons, Edgar and William. And how hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God willing we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our boys grow up to honorable manhood around us. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God Willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood, around us. They had dug up Slocum, severed his head from his body and burned the mutilated corpse in an attempt the remove the flesh and procure the bones and skull as trophies. Sarah Ballou died at East Orange, New Jersey on April 19, 1917 at age 80, and was laid to rest beside her husband in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you.
And I am willing - perfectly willing - to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt. I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in this hazarding the happiness of those I loved, and I could not find one. I loved it then, as I do now. Ballou was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar in 1853 and began his law practice the same year. The letter next appeared in print in 1888 in An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America by Adin Ballou, a distant relative—published in the same form as had appeared in the Brown University book. Many more people — or at least those interested in the Civil War — do know about Sullivan Ballou because of the famous letter attributed to him that has been reprinted numerous times.
And you can scarcely imagine how my blood dances, my nerves thrill and my brain almost whirls…and I see my little boys going through their childish pranks, and hear their singing voices, and even stretch my arms to catch them, and awake to touch the white walls of my tent. The memories of all the blissful moments I have spent with you, come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and you that I have enjoyed them so long. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more. Privates Elisha Hunt Rhodes and Thomas Parker carried him off the field to the Matthews house, and then the colonel was evacuated by ambulance to the field hospital at Sudley Church, which was located near Sudley Ford. If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night -- amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours - always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.
However, Ballou died of wounds received at the Battle of Bull Run on July 28, 1861, at age 32. Followed by most of the anxious but skeptical group, he accompanied the girl as she led them to a nearby hollow, where they found a heap of charred embers along the bank of the creek. They argue that in the other dispatches—sent about the same time in July 1861, as Ballou awaited his first taste of battle—the major clearly was concerned with more down-to-earth matters and never composed in the lofty, ethereal tones of the famed letter. Being in my 40's the first time was so informing, but I had forgotten many things. Their tone of intimacy is particular and not abstract. Regardless, the letter remains as a testament to the tragedy of the Civil War for thousands of soldiers and their families.
On June 19, 1861, he and his troops left Providence for duty in Washington, D. Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. The letter has since become a popular reading for a variety of occasions, from weddings to funerals—and, most recently the 2017 Presidential inauguration. How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness … But, O Sarah! He climbed atop the rail fence that ran across Matthews Hill and began waving his sword to encourage his men, but he was quickly felled with a grievous wound to the head.
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. Responding to his nation's call, the former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives enlisted in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, where he was elected major. Consider, for instance, that the famous letter mentions or addresses God five times, whereas the others mention—and never directly address—God only three times: twice in the July 10 letter, once in the second July 14 letter. The actual truth in the case may never be known, as it is possible that those interviewed by the government simply stated what they thought would keep them out of trouble. If I do not my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you. Text of Sullivan Ballou's Last Letter Major Sullivan Ballou Headquarters, Camp Clark Washington, D.
The box was pulled from the grave, and the lid was pried off to reveal the body of 37-year-old John Slocum, rolled up in a blanket. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. As a senior officer, Ballou went in front on horseback to better direct his men. The Carolinians, however, had not given up the field; they greeted the Rhode Islanders with another volley. He also had great respect for and, when the president called for volunteers to put down the Southern rebellion, Ballou immediately volunteered for military service and became judge advocate of the Rhode Island militia and a major in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment.
I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm Summer Sabbath night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying perhaps the last sleep before that of death while I am suspicious that Death is creeping around me with his fatal dart, as I sit communing with God, my Country and thee. Maybe someone wanted to make his death into a redemption of nationalistic beliefs. It was his hope and that of his wife Sarah that they build a better life than they had known growing up for their two sons, Edgar and Willie. The letter first appeared in print in 1868 in a chapter written by Horatio Rogers Jr. For instance, the Battle of Antietam had approximately 3,600 killed out of approx. His words are carefully selected and interposed to portray the depth of his feelings.