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Cumberland Md Feb 13th /62
Please don’t think
That I do nothing but write to you
for its too true. But I thought I
would just spend this eve with
you being your "birth-day". I have
thought of you many many times to-
day & wondered if you were aware
that I was constantly reminded of
the 13th of Feb as being your birth-day.
Oh yes! I am not very well, to (tell
the truth) & the day has been so very
lovly that I have not had very
much else to think of but my dear
E. I wish you could have enjoyed
this very spring-like day with me.
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John Emory Fuller (1838-1916) was from Deerfield, Massachusetts. In June, 1861, John enlisted in Terra Haute, Indiana, in the 14th Indiana Volunteers. Then in September, his twin brother Francis enlisted from Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the 24th Massachusetts Volunteers. In civilian life the brothers were musicians, and in the army they played in regimental bands.
Fuller wrote this letter to his fiancée, Ella J. Melendy, who remained home in Deerfield. Fuller was suffering from health problems, especially with his lungs. In this letter, he is in the hospital. Disease was the single biggest killer of the Civil War. Poor sanitation and food contributed to the death of thousands before a public outcry forced the War Department to improve conditions. Fuller's letter refers to the bad mail service: none of his fiancée's letters reached him. The mail system in the United States was thrown into chaos by the war, especially in this first year of fighting.
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Civil War letter to Ella Melendy
| author John Emory Fuller (1838-1916)
| date Feb 13, 1862
| location Cumberland, Maryland
| width 5.5"
| height 7.75"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L01.090
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