22 Oct '15, 2am

In Memory of the Fallen — "A Letter to Sarah, A Soldier's Final Words of Love, Duty, and Honor" …

PRIOR to the late Rebellion, it was a matter of speculation among us, whether, if opportunity offered, the young men of this generation would emulate the heroism of their patriotic ancestors. In those tranquil times, and to our inexperienced minds, the history of the great struggle for national independence seemed like a romance. Our civil war has at length solved the problem. Sullivan Ballou, one of the earliest victims of that unnatural war, was among the first to prove that devotion to their country had not withered in the hearts of American youth. He was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, March 28, 1829, and was the son of Hiram and Emeline (Bowen) Ballou. He was, in a broad sense, a self-made man. His father died at the early age of thirty-two, leaving a wife and two small children. Sullivan, the youngest, then but four years old, early felt the necessity of depending ...

Full article: http://soapbox1776.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-letter-to-sarah...

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