From Allie to Jerome, May 15, 1864

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From Allie to Jerome, May 15, 1864


Peirce, Jerome
Billerica, MA.


From Allie to Jerome




Jerome Peirce Collection, National Park Service


HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington




NPS, Civil War Study Group, Josef Rokus, Luisa Dispenzirie and Donald Pfanz (Transcribers)


For educational purposes with no commercial use. Courtesy of National Park Service, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, FRSP 16095-16102 (FRSP-00904).






Letter #217


Billerica, MA.

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Billerica Sunday May 15th, 1864
My ever dear husband,
I have written you every Sunday but I suppose you have not received many letters of late, I am very very anxious to hear from you. The time seems very long since I have heard from you and it seems doubly long my anxiety has been so great. O my dear husband how much the pour [sic] [poor] tired suffering soldiers have my sympathy and gladly would I flee to their assistance if I could or would bear their suffering for them. I have watch the papers very closely and find we are pushing hard upon Lee. I am very much cheered by the good news as are all the people if [sic] such victories without so many made to suffer, but they have the satisfaction to feel that they are suffering in a grand cause. I see by the papers that JH was sunstruck. I am anxious to hear how he is. I did want very much to go and take care of him and Nelson Smith – wounded in the side. I hope not bad. I have prayed so earnestly for your and others safety. The question cimes [sic] [seems] will my prayers be answered.
Mr. Judkins sends me his paper every morning, the Post, and Mrs. Dr. Bowers sends me the Journal so I get the news. I hope you will be permitted to send a letter to me soon. It is Sunday afternoon. The folks have just got home from church. It is a very unpleasant day. Only the boys and Brother have been in church. Mr. Galloway preached. He sent word he shall be down this very same day this week. Jos said their [sic] [there] was great inquiry after you if we had heard from you. They saw J.H. news [???] and thought it was you.
Lulu is quite busy with Abbie today and tod[d]les very fast. She woke up the other night and asked me where I thought Papie was. I thought she must have been dreaming about. Mr. Clark from Chelsea with his two youngest sons were here last night. They are going to remain for this week to work upon their farm. Frank and Jos has been in Boston this week to work for Mr. Clarke. They cannot earn as much you could in Boston painting. Marie Elizie was here last night and Mr. Gould. He has a brother in these battles.
Freddie gathered these flowers for you. I have much sympathy for him, he has had much pain taken with him at home. I cannot write any long letters until I hear from you. I shall go to Orange as soon as I hear good news from you.
All send love.
Your ever loving wife,

NOTE 1: Per the Unit History: May 13 – May 21, 1864, at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: Following days of virtually continuous rain and a final unsuccessful attack by Gen. Grant on the Confederate lines on May 18, Grant decided to shift his forces and move south again toward Richmond. The 36th Regiment left the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield on May 21, 1864.

NOTE 2: This letter was written by Allie three days after Jerome was killed on May 12, 1864, a fact she obviously did not know when she wrote this letter. He was buried on the battlefield soon after he fell. His remains were re-interred in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery when it was established. The letter was apparently returned to Allie with Jerome’s personal effects which would have been sent to her by his commanding officer at a later time.

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Allie 1864, From Allie to Jerome, May 15, 1864, HIST 428 (Spring 2020), University of Mary Washington


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