Dalton, May 3, 1861

Even at the hazard of being thought [illegible] my dear Elodie, upon the eve of my departure this morning with the Regt. for Lynchburg, I steal a moment to tell you of my continuous devotion to you. My whole soul seems to swell with love for you, and if I could die at this moment, all my thoughts would be of you.

When will I be able to hear from you, my own dear girl? When shall I read your letters breathing your love and devotion? You must not fear to express your feelings freely. You must have confidence in that man who worships you as the only idol of his heart.

I sent you by [illegible] Lide [1] yesterday the wreath and some of the flowers that were presented to me on May Day. They were directed to Mrs. White and yourself, and he promised me to call and deliver the packet. How does my place (yours) look? Have you received any flowers? Let them remind you of me. And now good bye. Pray for me and may God in his mercy keep and preserve my dear Elodie.

Affectionately yours,

N. H. R. Dawson

  1. Cornelius Mandeville Lide (1824-1908), a planter in Talladega County, Alabama, had married Nathaniel's sister, Mary Huger Dawson, in January 1850. He served as a private in Company D of the Third Alabama Cavalry.
May 3, 1861


4th Alabama Infantry
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Dallas County, AL


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