William Wirt Henry to Mary Jane Henry

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Camp at Seneca Creekthirty miles aboveWashington on the PotomacSaturday Sept 20th 1862My Darling wife

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Your splendid letter of the 14th came to me last night. I have been looking for it for several days, that is for the particulars of sister Katies death and funeral. I was pleased to hear that everything went off so nice and good, and that everybody was so kind to you all. Oh my darling is it possible that Katie is gone? when I realize that it is so my heart is sad indeed. As you say, I believe I realized her worth more

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than most of you. it is a hard blow for us all, but it is one of the things we must bear up under and not complain. I wish I could have been with you at the funeral to help you bear it - how lonesome you must have been - but think what I had to suffer the day I left you, and the next day, and in fact every day since, for I well know you are all overloaded with grief - but there is one greater satisfaction, that is you have got plenty of good friends. Mrs. Dillingham wrote Ed all about the death and funeral - she spoke very highly of Katie and you – said you was brave and a

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true woman. Katie had lots of friends here among the boys, all of whom feel very bad.The boys are all feeling first rate and getting along nicely. I have got command of five companies and have got about five miles of the Potomac to guard. I make my head quarters with Ed’s company – if you have a map of the Potomac look for Seneca Creek. we are camped at the creek. my beat is three miles above and two miles below the mouth. It is quite an important ford. you get all the news of the war in the papers better than I can write you. I have written this on my knee – will write again, soon as I

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can get pen and Ink and other conveniences so I can do so. I will write you often if I have to do it with a pencil. George stands it first rate – tell mother I am getting tough and feel first rate so far as my health is concerned. I do not know as you can read this for I have to watch Rebels with one eye and write with the other. write often and believe me as ever

your loving husbandWilliam