John, eleven years old, writes to his hero during his Valley Campaign in encouragement and admiration.
June 14, 1862,
John Henry Holliday,
Griffin, Spaulding County, Georgia
Confederate States of America
Dear Col. Jackson,
I am a boy from Georgia, and I am very proud of our army and soldiers and of the Confederacy. My father is a major with the 27th Georgia Infantry under Col. Levi Smith - part of Colquitt's brigade with you in Virginia, and all my uncles and cousins volunteered in the very beginning. Only my cousin Robert and I are left, because they tell us we are too young, and also I must look after my mama for she is very ill and there are many people in our home. Someday I will follow your example and fight to make this a better world, as you do, should there be a need again after we have won this war.
I wanted to write because you are such a hero to us here. We are some of those for whom you are fighting, with such bravery, and I hoped to express how very much we appreciate it. The Confederacy is our whole life, and we surely know you are working and fighting to save it. We sing songs to think of you as you fight, around the piano with neighbours in the evenings, even Stonewall Jackson's Way
, which was written by your men, and I think of my father singing it as he fights with you. I know you are a very religious man, and should like you to know that I go to church with my mama and pray for you every night.
Mostly, this letter is to thank you, sir, for all you do for us, for all your courage and work, and for all the time you have given up with your own family, for us.
John Henry Holliday.Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
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