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March 18th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford Court House, VA March 18, ’63

Dear Wife,

You must be contented with a very short letter this time for I have more than the usual amount of work to do today, we have got to get the company ready for a grand review today.

I received a long looked-for letter from you last night it came three days later than usual and I began to feel anxious about you, I did not know but baby was suffering from the effects of that fall, I am glad to hear that she is better. I hope your anxiety about her may be groundless it is natural for you to worry some about the future but I am glad to see

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March 15th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford Courthouse, VA, March 15th, 1863

Dear Wife,

We are having another cold and dreary Sunday and as usual on such days I am thinking of home. You must not suppose that it is the only time I think of home, but when the outward world is shut out from our contemplation, we naturally turn our thoughts inward and think over the past, and as distance lends enchantment to the view so when I think over the many happy days I have spent with you they seem tinged with a beauty that the present cannot realize. How often have I sit with you upon the door steps or at the window and watched the moon in its majestic course through

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March 10th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford Court House, VA, March 10th, ’63

Dear loved Wife,

I received a letter from you last Sunday night, written after you got home from the Soldier’s Aid Society, and a precious letter it was too, it filled my heart with gratitude to you for writing it. The assurance of your everlasting love and sympathy (though I knew I had it before) was sweet to me, and it will cheer me through whatever trial, and difficulties I may be called upon to encounter, with these words ever in my mind “be of good cheer my Husband, you have all the sympathy, love, and untiring devotion, of one heart, at least.

I will cheerfully perform my duty let what will happen,

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March 8th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh |

Stafford Court House, VA, March 8th 1863

Dear Wife,

It being a dark and gloomy day my thoughts turn naturally towards my home and dear friends that gather around the old fireside and try to cheer each other with the sunlight of love when the natural sun is obscured by clouds. I don’t know why it is, but if I am ever homesick it is when the sun is shut out from the world, and nature seems to mourn its loss. So today I am not exactly homesick but I should like right well to be with you today and to pass the Sabbath in my own home, surrounded by love, and comforts, unknown in the Army but I am

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