By mid-July, the swirling events in the summer of 1861 had brought Ballou and his unit to a camp of instruction in the nation's capital. Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. I have so much respect for the women and men during the Civil War. An unsupported theory that gained traction is that it was buried with Sarah Ballou when she died in 1917. Not my will, but thine, O God be done.
He and Sarah married in 1855, and they soon had two sons. He sends specific messages to each of his sons. He had grown up in Smithfield and, having lost both his parents at an early age, struggled to both fend for himself as a child, and make something of himself as a young man. Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure - and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Ballou was educated at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; and studied law at the National Law School in Ballston, New York.
He was buried in the yard of nearby Sudley Church and, after Confederate forces reoccupied the area, several ghoulish soldiers from Georgia exhumed, decapitated, and desecrated his corpse. The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. How thoughtless, how foolish I have sometimes been! When he died, his wife was 24. In 1850, Ballou moved to Ballston, N. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God's blessing upon them. Who wrote the thing is unimportant. Yes, he loves his wife very much and he knows about the risks he faces.
Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more. Sarah Ballou died at East Orange, New Jersey on April 19, 1917 at age 80, and was laid to rest beside her husband in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. What makes my chosen profession so difficult is that women were not valued enough to have their history recorded and saved for us. The disorganized but enthusiastic Rhode Islanders reached the crest of the hill recently abandoned by the outnumbered Rebel skirmish line. He was a staunch Republican who campaigned forin 1860. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name. Tragically, Ballou was mortally wounded during the battle leaving behind Sarah and their two sons.
Maybe someone wanted to make his death into a redemption of nationalistic beliefs. But 1862 quickly turned into one of the bloodiest years of the war, and the cavalcade of battles soon erased Ballou from the headlines. Confederate government independent states Southern secession the Union cause. Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. Ballou died from his wound a week after the battle, and was buried in the graveyard of nearby Sudley Church. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. The song has been performed many times, both with piano and orchestra.
However, the moment that defined the series and touched the hearts of viewers across the nation took place at the end of the first episode, when narrator David McCullough introduced Paul Roebling's reading of a letter, written by an obscure volunteer major from Rhode Island to his wife. Sarah would not see this letter for many months. Here is the full transcript of the letter from Captain Sullivan Ballou to His Wife Sarah. Some of my posts are more about Civil War generals than their wives. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. These were not the same minds at work.
July 14, 1861 Camp Clark, Washington My very dear Sarah: The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days — perhaps tomorrow. On July 21, 1861 the regiment took part in the. The sentiments expressed are deep, personal, poignant and heartbreaking. She later moved to New Jersey to live with her son, William. The date: July 14, 1861. Library of Congress Sullivan Ballou was a successful, 32-year-old attorney in Providence, Rhode Island, when Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers in the wake of Fort Sumter. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! I pray you remain healthy and continue in your research so that the youth of this generation can know of these great patriots and heros.
I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more. When Sullivan Ballou got word they would march soon, he sat down and wrote his letter. Deathless Love Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! Sullivan Ballou returned to Rhode Island, where he was admitted to the bar. Financial support for the original broadcast of The Civil War was provided by General Motors Corporation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and The John D. If Sullivan were my student and had submitted these letters, I would suspect the famous one to be plagiarized. Sullivan Ballou was born on March 28, 1829, to a prominent Huguenot family in His father died when he was four years old, and his mother subsequently struggled to support Sullivan and his two sisters.