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A Dying Soldier's Last Letter

Contributor:
Arne H Trelvik on 2 November 2004
Source:
The Lebanon Gazette, 15 September 1886 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
Related Links:

William G. Sears Military Service
"79th Ohio Infantry" article by Dallas Bogan

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A DYING SOLDIER'S LAST LETTER.

"May God Love and Prosper the American Republic."

The Gazette takes pleasure in placing in print the following touching and beautiful letter. The author of the letter was a member of Co. B, of the 79th regiment. He was the son of William Sears, and an uncle of Dr. Sears, now of Lebanon. The writer of the letter died a short time after it was sent to his father:

Field Hospital
Resacca, Ga., May 29, 1864.

My Dear Father: This is perhaps my last letter to you in this world. I was shot through the right lung at the battle of Resacca, Ga., on Saturday, May 14, and was conveyed to the hospital where I have been ever since. I now believe myself to be dying. I can't see that it is possible for me to live. I love you, father, dearly. Remember me to all my friends. I am doing the best I can. I want you to come after me soon, and take me home, and bury me by the side of my mother, and then place a tomb-stone at the head of our graves.

I have honestly done the best I could for my country, and if she is only saved I shall not regret that I have fallen a sacrifice upon her alter. May God love and prosper the American Republic.

I bid you a final farewell. From your affectionate son,

Wm. G. Sears.


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