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An Union soldier's wife discusses her husband's fatal injuries

An Union soldier's wife discusses her husband's fatal injuries

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She has joined her husband at the hospital. He was wounded in the lower abdomen. The wound appears fatal and he seems resigned to die. She hopes to move him to a better hospital. She comments on her fate and "right hard trouble every spring." [The Kelly's lost a daughter two years ago in the spring and last spring their son died the night before James Kelly shipped out.] She also discusses other wounded. Date written "Monday 31."
She has joined her husband at the hospital. He was wounded in the lower abdomen. The wound appears fatal and he seems resigned to die. She hopes to move him to a better hospital. She comments on her fate and "right hard trouble every spring." [The Kelly's lost a daughter two years ago in the spring and last spring their son died the night before James Kelly shipped out.] She also discusses other wounded. Date written "Monday 31."

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Mary Kelly to Sarah Gordon
Winchester, Virginia, March 31, 1862.Autograph letter signed, 2 pages + envelope.Winchester Monday 31Dear SarahI arrived here last night [
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: sunday] by hard travelling through we missed the trainnear wheeling and was delayed about a day – found Mr Kelly very sadly wounded indeed hisrecovery very doubtful though some such cases have been known to recover he don’t seem tosuffer as much as I would expect under the circumstances I hope Sis and mother are doing verywell you must stay with them I hope I shall soon be able to come home this is a bad place for asick person, perhaps I may try to take him on a train tomorrow in the direction of home if I canget him taken so he wont have to be changed on the cars There are some Pennsylvania woundedgoing tomorrow by the way of Philadelphia it may be that I may go with them He don’t think hewill ever get over it and is prepared to go, seems perfectly resigned – he dont complain much Ithink my fate is right hard [
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] trouble every spring The wounded are dying every day This is athree story building and very large at that and every room is full its very sad times indeedI will write again in a few day perhaps I may send a dispatch if necessaryTell Sis to be a good girlMr. Kelly is wounded in the lower part of the abdomen injuring his bowels in soome way a veryserious wound indeed I still hope he may be one of the exceptions in this case If we remain herethere wont be any Dr left thats any account for all the surgeons expe[ct] every day to be orderedon to their regiments about 20 miles from here S. if we can go we had better. Mr Slocum isgoing tomorrow he has his thigh broken but seems in good spirits I think he will soon get wellthe ladies here have been very kind to our men though there are plenty of secesh here of themeanest kindI would like to know how you are getting on I hope sis didnt get sick againYours Truly Mary Kelly[
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The Gilder Lehrman Collection
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