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A Dying Soldier's Last Letter

Arne H Trelvik on 2 November 2004
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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"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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