Tis hard to see the mighty prancing war horse, trampling the dying and dead beneath their merciless feet. No dear wife, near to speak a word of comfort. No living sister or Mother to administer relief in that hour the most sad in the history of humanity. O the humanity. O the horrors of war. Truly it may be considered the most cruel and awful scourge which can befall a nation. Heaven grant there may be an end soon.Samuel D. Lougheed letter to his wife Jane “Jennie” Lougheed, October 7, 1862
I found myself reading through samples of Civil War era letters, this week, and couldn’t help but see that much of what they wrote could be applied to what is happening today. And I’m not talking about those who are quarantining at home rather, our first responders and medical workers on the front lines. They’re dealing with fear, death, being separated from their families and friends, and much more.