Sullivan ballou's letter to his wife sarah has become one of the most famous letters home of the civil war it was written on the eve of bull run and ballou would soon be dead now a researcher claims to have unmasked the letter as a fake. Ballou's commitment to the civil war the disease and unsanitary conditions of the military camps ballou's love for his wife and sons the possibility that ballou would soon die in battle if you know the answer, please tell me. Sullivan ballou's letter july 21, 2010 daven hiskey 10 comments today i found out about sullivan ballou's letter to his wife written just a few days before the first major land battle of the american civil war, the first battle of bull run, fought this day (july 21) in 1861 in manassas, virginia. July the 14th, 1861 washington dc my very dear sarah: the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days -- perhaps tomorrow lest i should not be able to write you again, i feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when i shall be no more our movement may be one of.
Imagine the love sullivan ballou had for his wife and sons has such a heroic, tragic, divine love graced another sullivan ballou is the gold standard for which all men should aspire to: lover, warrior, father, leader. Sullivan ballou was a successful, 32-year-old attorney in providence, rhode island, when abraham lincoln called for volunteers in the wake of fort sumter responding to his nation's call, the former speaker of the rhode island house of representatives enlisted in the 2nd rhode island infantry, where. Below is the letter of major sullivan ballou of the union army's second regiment, rhode island volunteers, to his wife sarah days before he was killed in the battle of bull run ballou wrote the.
Major sullivan ballou's last letter to his wife a week before the civil war battle of bull run sullivan ballou, a major in the second rhode island volunteers, wrote home to his wife in smithfield july 14, 1861. A handwritten copy of the original sullivan ballou letter to his wife the copied letter is believed to be transcribed by a relative of sullivan ballou the letter has since become a popular reading for a variety of occasions, from weddings to funerals—and, most recently the 2017 presidential inauguration. This is one of the most memorable segments: the final letter that major sullivan ballou wrote home to his wife sarah ballou served with the 2nd rhode island infantry, and like many of the war's soldiers on both sides, he'd left behind not only a wife and sons, but also a prospering career. On july 14th, 1861, major sullivan ballou wrote a letter to his wife sarah at home in rhode island one week before he fought and died in the first battle of bull run sullivan ballou was born to hiram and emeline ballou, a distinguished huguenot family in smithfield, rhode.
Sarah ballou's husband, sullivan, left his family, law practice and a promising political career to enlist in the union army on july 14, 1861, sullivan ballou wrote a poignant letter to his wife, expressing his love for her and his patriotism toward his country. Maj sullivan ballou's letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at bull run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty. Major sullivan ballou was a 32-year-old lawyer from providence, rhode island, who volunteered with the 2nd rhode island infantry this prophetic letter was written to his wife, sarah, a week before he was mortally wounded in the first battle of manassas. Of the several good spoken presentations of this eloquent and timeless letter, this is my favorite clancy displays just the right intensity and intimacy necessary to convey ballou's faith, love.
The last letter from major sullivan ballou, written to his wife leading up to the battle at first bull run headquarters, camp clark washington, dc, july 14, 1861. Sullivan ballou was killed a week later at the first battle of bull run, july 21, 1861 born march 28, 1829, in smithfield, rhode island, ballou was educated at phillips academy in andover. The civil war home page contains thousands of pages of civil war material including photos, images, battles, documents, associations, letters & diaries, research records, biographical information, reenacting and unit information. Sullivan ballou (march 28, 1829 - july 29, 1861) was a lawyer and politician from rhode island, and an officer in the union army during the american civil warhe is remembered for an eloquent letter he wrote to his wife one week before he was killed in the first battle of bull run.
On july 14th, 1861, major sullivan ballou of the 2nd rhode island infantry wrote a letter to his wife expressing his concerns about upcoming conflicts and his torn feelings between his love for. The lettersullivan ballou died at age 32, leaving behind a wife, sarah, two children and a letter written to his spouse that would make him famous interestingly, however, the letter was never mailed, but was instead supposedly discovered in ballou's trunk. Copy of a letter from sullivan ballou to his wife before the battle of bull run headquarters camp clark july 14th 1861 washington, dc my very dear wife: the indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days perhaps tomorrow.
Sullivan ballou's letter to sarah expresses what every man wishes he could say to his wife and it is what every wife would like to hear, burns says now burns never expected the letter to have quite the impact it did, but he placed it at the climax of the first episode for a reason: it communicates what the stakes in the war really were, he. The tragedy of war - sullivan ballou's letter to his wife - july 1861 major sullivan ballou, age 32, died in the line of duty on or about july 28, 1861, near manassas, virginia sullivan ballou sulliva.