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March 10th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh | Stafford Courthouse, Virginia

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 Courthouse, Virginia

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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March 4th, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh | Stafford Courthouse, Virginia

March 4th, 63

Camp near Stafford Court House, VA

Dear Wife,

I feel entirely unfit to write such a letter as I want to this morning, the excitement of the last two weeks, and the depression of spirits (in consequence of leaving home) has unnerved me and I feel unfit for any kind of duty, but I must do something or I shall die off with the blues. I have material enough for a long and interesting letter, but I fear I shall fail to make it so.

I will commence from the time I left home and try and give you a history of my journey down to the present time. After I left you, I tried to cheer

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March 1st, 1863

From Cecil Burleigh | Washington D.C.

Washington D. C. March 1st, 63

Dear Wife,

When I sent you that short line this morning I thought I should be in camp before this time but the prospect is that I shall stay in Washington two or three days yet. I closed my letter very suddenly this morning under impression that I had no time to spare but I find I have plenty to see the Eliphant and all the other interesting sights about town.

You must not be alarmed about me for I am not staying here for pleasure and haven’t any time to, but a circumstance happened last night that created quite an excitement here, though I understand such things are quite common here.

After looking

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