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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

CIVIL WAR FIND IN RHODE ISLAND

An archivist rummaging through several boxes of Civil War era materials has come across the shirt collar of Sullivan Ballou. Who, you ask, is Sullivan Ballou? Why, he’s the Civil War officer from Rhode Island who wrote a touching last letter to his wife, Sarah, before being killed at First Manassas in July 1861. If you’ve seen the Ken Burns Civil War documentary, then you’ve already heard an actor read the now-famous Sullivan Ballou letter:

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Note: By the way, death was not the final indignity suffered by Major Ballou…

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