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    Writing to his wife during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, General George E. Pickett details: "...Dearest we have just taken a 'fourth of July' to your sweet self while the Enemy fired their usual salute at 12 m[idnight]. the national salute to day they fired with solid shot..."

    General George Pickett, Extremely Rare Civil War-dated Autograph Letter Signed to His Pregnant Wife, LaSalle "Sallie" Corbett Pickett, 4 pages, 8" x 9.75", from the Howlett Line during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, July 4, [1864]. He pens, in part:

    "I got your sweet long letter darling of my heart. does not your husband wish, pray and sigh to be with his Sallie, his only only love. Dearest I like very much the tone of your letter, it seems healthy, your bountiful trust in our Giver of life, the Great Being, is so like you, so holy, so humble and like a Christian in the true sense of the word.

    You know my precious, how much I detest outward show, and manifestations of religion - any ostentation of it is unpleasant and disgusting - but it offers up your silent prayer with a truthful heart, and as untrusting spirit to our God to make is better, to assist us, that I think is the true way. Thank God my wife I have tried, to follow the example which you have set me. No night do I close my eyes without a prayer to our Father enlisting him to preserve us both through our troubles, and to permit us hereafter to becomes better, no i should say good - for I have done so many wicked things - thoughtlessly sometimes, knowingly & recklessly at others, when I lived without a hope, without a ray of light to brighten my weary dark path, ho changed my feelings, how soothed and softened my heart and finding my Treasure.

    Darling to not let me retrograde into darkness - without you life would be
    [?] to soul and body - i could not live.

    Oh my own wife, keep up in every way (if you love me as I know you do) tho' your husband cannot come to see you, know you have his heart, his every thought, you know his anxiety greater for you than all his other anxieties and God knows they are sometimes great - greater than he could tell for his sake - for our sakes - get the little girl's [?] up my pet when you do come to have this pain. I feel every confidence my pet and I see you exhibiting the right courage & spirit - Remember dearest love the future hopefully we will both have a brave heart, a good Doctor kind & gentle and a trust in Eve, all will be right my own darling baby, She shall always be my baby shant she?... Auld Dearest we have just taken a 'fourth of july' to your sweet self while the Enemy fired their usual salute at 12 m[idnight]. the national salute to day they fired with solid shot..."

    Pickett is excessively rare war-dated correspondence, and such a personal missive is particularly desirable. With archival repairs at fold separations, including the addition of paper loss; however ink is very bold and all text remains legible, overall condition is very good.

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