Ellen Sherman Letter to Her Husband, Gen. Sherman, Concerning Homelife and War


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Sherman Documents

September 17, 1864

Lancaster Ohio.,
September 17, 1864 Saturday morning.

Dearest Cump;

The baby has a very bad cold settled on his lungs and his cough is so troublesome that the dear little fellow keeps me disturbed very much in the night I intended to write you a long letter this morning but owing to my disturbed rest during the night I overslept myself this morning and now I fear I will not have time to Say the half of what I wished. We have been having just such weather as we had this time last year when we had the chimney built to our tent and kept fires. It is growing somewhat milder now but the air is still cool and the nights call for warm covering, I hope you all enjoy your quiet in the City of Atlanta. I am charmed with your order expelling the inhabitants of Atlanta as it has always seemed to me preposterous to have our Government feeding so many of their people – their insolent women particularly – for they are responsible for the war and should be made to feel that it exists in sternest reality. Yesterday I wrote to Charley and enclosed letters which I had received relative to Luke and his wound. It is still doubtful whether he will recover the use of his arm and it is his right arm. He is in very low spirits or was, until Mrs. Washington made him a visit. I presume he feels somewhat at a loss in his new position. If you have time I would be glad to have you write him a letter instructing him what to read and how to get over little difficulties that you probably know he may have to contend with.

Tell Charley that Squire McVeigh was instantly killed yesterday by the upsetting of the Columbus stage. His little boy ten years of age had both legs broken and his wife was also injured. It was a terrible shock to the community and the news broke up a union meeting which Gov. Brough was addressing.

For nearly a month I have had no letter from you except the short one in pencil which you wrote below Atlanta. We were glad to hear you were well and had abundant supplies. You have probably heard of the splendid horse which your Lancaster friends are to Send you. One of Fashion’s colts “Bunks” but the name is to be changed to “Atlanta.” Charley knows the horse -

The Catholic Telegraph is out in loudest praise of you, “who during four long scorching months amid the rocks ridges & barren acres of Northern Georgia plucked victory from the banners of the South; exalted the fame & sturdy valor of the children of the North, placed our cause beyond chance or mishap & stamped his name upon the public heart – upon the best page of our history – upon a monument more enduring than brass & which will defy the storms & black rain of a thousand years – upon the white tablets of our arms – Our victories,” This is only the close of the article which contains much more in your praise. Quite a change since they could not bring themselves to publish Grant’s report of the battle of Shiloh entire, because it gave praise to you.

John Sherman is out making speeches & I am glad of it for it would be shamful to have the Butternut ticket succeed with that Hypocrite and weak coxcomb McClellan at its head. The Country would not be worth fighting for if placed in such miserable hands as that.

The children – are all well. Lizzie has not written to me yet. May Willy’s pure spirit be your guide to his happy home in heaven is the hourly prayer of your truly affectionate



From Sherman Family Papers housed at Notre Dame University Archives
For more information: http://archives.nd.edu/Sherman/