The Old and New Letters of William Persons — The Little Planet Daily

June 24, 2017

( Wm. Persons was the brother of my great grandmother. This poem includes excerpts from his letters home during the American Civil War. ) dear pa and ma i take my pen and bid you goodbye tomorrow i leave this camp and regiment forever and go aboard a gunboat for the Mississippi river so don’t […]

via The Old and New Letters of William Persons — The Little Planet Daily

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2 Responses to “The Old and New Letters of William Persons — The Little Planet Daily”

  1. Alan said

    Letters from long ago. A young man sacrificed himself on a battlefield, “determined to have a brush with the rebbles.”

  2. burlwhitman said

    And this from W.S. Merwin

    When the war is over
    We will be proud of course the air will be
    Good for breathing at last
    The water will have been improved the salmon
    And the silence of heaven will migrate more perfectly
    The dead will think the living are worth it we will know
    Who we are
    And we will all enlist again

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