I’d like to share something that has really meant a lot to me.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first battle at Bull Run during the American Civil War. It was the bloodiest battle fought on American soil up to that point. One of the soldiers, Major Sullivan Ballou, sensed he would not survive the impending battle and wrote a love letter to his wife and two small sons. The letter is heartbreaking, romantic, and inspirational. I have a degree in American literature, and along the way I’ve read many books by our greatest authors, yet nothing I have ever read is as well-written as this young soldier’s letter. It is hard to read his letter without becoming emotional. His touching words still speak much to us today.
I sincerely hope you’ll be able to take a few minutes out of your busy day to listen to a reading of the letter on the video link provided below. The narrator is John Chancellor, the late NBC news anchor. His narration was part of the epic Ken Burns film, The Civil War.
Today, July 29th, is the actual date of the 150th anniversary that Major Sullivan Ballou died as a result of injuries suffered on the battlefield.