A Mother’s Day letter
Laura Wood recently discovered in her family papers a letter written by her maternal grandfather to his mother on Mother’s Day, 1918. He wrote the letter from the Western Front in France, where, though an American, he was serving as a physician with the British Expeditionary Force.
Priceless!JC in Houston writes:
I fear that with the prevalence of electronic mail we are losing a precious historical resource, namely the written letter. I have a faded letter written by my great-grandfather to his fiancee (who would become my great-grandmother) from Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia camp on the Rappahannock river in November of 1863, describing how he was recovering from a wound suffered at the Battle of Chancellorsville. I also have several letters that were sent from my late uncle to my grandmother in December of 1944 while he was surrounded with his unit, the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Priceless reading as well. Just touching these old letters gives one a physical link with the past that no e-mail will ever be able to do.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 05, 2012 07:55 PM | Send