181. R.B. Rhett to James B. Heyward -- October 1, 1862

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    Charleston Oct 1st 1862 My Dear Sir Will you allow me to express my deep sympathy with you at the fall of your Gallant Son in Virginia in defense of his Country. His kindness to my love Robert on the field of battle after he was wounded, placed me under the deepest obligations to him, and I had hoped that I would have had the opportunity of taking his hand in mine and of expressing to him, the gratitude of my heavy heart. Major McReady told me that being too sick to take command in his Regiment, he nevertheless went on the field at the bloody battle of Gaines Mill. Passing over the field, he saw Robert lying under a tree, wounded and very pale, supported in the arms of Nat. Nat asked him if he had any liquor in his Can. He said he had [End Page 1] a little whiskey, and handing the can to Nat, he saw him pour the liquor into Roberts mouth. You see my Dear Sir! that I have a right to mourn with you at the loss of this tender-hearted and gallant youth. He did not belong to Roberts Company; and therefore his humanity was the spontaneous impulse of his noble and [illegible] notion. You will pardon me, if the expression of my sympathy is an intrusion on your grief; but I would not do less and Believe me Dear Sir Your Most [illegible] R B Rhett Mr James B Heyward. P.S. The brief notice of Nat in the Charleston Mercury, was written by my love Major [illegible] Rhett. [End Page 2]
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    Charleston Oct 1st 1862 My Dear Sir Will you allow me to express my deep sympathy with you at the fall of your Gallant Son in Virginia in defense of his Country. His kindness to my love Robert on the field of battle after he was wounded, placed me under the deepest obligations to him, and I had hoped that I would have had the opportunity of taking his hand in mine and of expressing to him, the gratitude of my heavy heart. Major McReady told me that being too sick to take command in his Regiment, he nevertheless went on the field at the bloody battle of Gaines Mill. Passing over the field, he saw Robert lying under a tree, wounded and very pale, supported in the arms of Nat. Nat asked him if he had any liquor in his Can. He said he had [End Page 1] a little whiskey, and handing the can to Nat, he saw him pour the liquor into Roberts mouth. You see my Dear Sir! that I have a right to mourn with you at the loss of this tender-hearted and gallant youth. He did not belong to Roberts Company; and therefore his humanity was the spontaneous impulse of his noble and [illegible] notion. You will pardon me, if the expression of my sympathy is an intrusion on your grief; but I would not do less and Believe me Dear Sir Your Most [illegible] R B Rhett Mr James B Heyward. P.S. The brief notice of Nat in the Charleston Mercury, was written by my love Major [illegible] Rhett. [End Page 2]
Title:
181. R.B. Rhett to James B. Heyward -- October 1, 1862
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1862-10-01
Description:
Letter from R.B. Rhett to James B. Heyward offering his condolences upon hearing of the death of James' son, Nathaniel, in Virginia (Manassas). R.B. Rhett expresses his sorrow at not being able to thank Nathaniel for the kindness he showed his son, Robert, at the battle of Gaines' Mill. 2p. October 1, 1862.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family
Topical Subject:
Gaines' Mill, Battle of, Va., 1862
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, Charleston (S.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Shelving Locator:
MSS 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
700 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
Copyright Status Statement:
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