There is more to writing than done in books, there is songs, poems, signs, congressional bills (but we won't go in to that) and newspapers with the best part comic stripes or just a letter to your best friend.
Go to the above tab "ANd Other Writes" to see more but below is just a Dear John letter to get started..
Civil war of the North and South Dear John Letter
Here is just a letter sent to a soldier back in the civil war of the North and South. It is heart felt. Some of the facts in the letter are true of the time and where depicted in a letter still in my family.
It is late in the evening here and I got your letter dated September 5th. I am writing for what maybe the last time. Each letter gets more and more worrisome and fewer are come in from you so I can only hope that you get this one.
You sleep in the mud with holes in your soles of your shoes. No medicine to aid you with your worsening cough. I pray that you survive the winter. I know not if you will get this but I felt you should know. I hate tell you this in a letter and not saying it to you in person but you have to know before you come home of my feelings. Don't cry my dearest, know that I say this to you not to make you cry and long for different circumstance to be true but for your hatred of the situation to be ignited for the fight that you are in.
The truth of the matter my dear is I love you more every day in every way so fight for your life and come home to me one day.
Your loving wife,
And you thought she was going to leave him didn't you... Shame on you... We always think the worse... The truth is he died in the war and never made it home. Okay you can cry now... I know I did..
His name was not John but Jethro Lawing. (had to use John for the drama of the write. Here is a little about him. I never got to read her letter to him but I figured after reading his letter that this would have been what she wrote.
Birth: Sep. 10, 1819
North Carolina, USADeath: Apr. 8, 1864
Virginia, USACompany C 48th Alabama Infantry CSA.
Jethro was injured in a battle near the Ladies Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia. He died from those injuries. Jethro left behind his family. They are: wife Margaret Jane (REED) Lawing, and six children. They are 1. Harrett E. Lawing born in SC 2. Robert Franklin Lawing born Georgia 3. Mary A. or E. Lawing born Georgia 4. Amaziah Lawing born Georgia 5. William James "Billy" Lawing born in Alabama 6. Thomas "Tom" Lawing born in Alabama.
Margaret Jane (REED) Lawing never remarried. Between 1880 - 1885 she would leave Alabama and join her brothers & sisters in Texas. It was possible that her sons wanted to go to Texas and she followed them, and was happy to do so because she had missed her brothers and sisters. Margaret was born 22 May 1828 in NC and Died 10 June 1914 Johnson Station, Tarrant Co., TX. With Burial in Johnson Station Cemetery, South Arlington, Tarrant Co., TX.
Johnson Station Texas was once a stop for stage coaches. Now it sits in the middle of busy Cities of Arlington, TX with Dallas, TX and Ft. Worth, TX on each side of it to the East and West. On the North and South sides the town of Arlington built around it.
Jetho's first wife was Sarah W. (Cox) Lawing. Margaret Jane Reed was Sarah's niece. Margaret came to help nurse
her Aunt Sarah W. (Cox) Lawing. Sarah was so ill she lost her battle and died. Margaret stayed on to help Jetho. In doing so they became close and soon married. Margaret's mother Elender (Cox) Reed was the older sister to Jetho's first wife Sarah W. (Cox) Lawing.