355. Nellie B. Clarksall to Miss Heyward -- October 20, 1898

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    Haymarket Va. Oct 20. '98- My dear Miss Heyward: I am sorry I have had to delay so long in acknowledging the receipt of your letter but I waited hoping to gain some definite information for you. I just interviewed two dear old ladies who have lived next to the church for over sixty years and during the war themselves cared for all the sick soldiers brought here to a hospital, and even helped bury some of them. [End Page 1] They told me no Heyward or Munro had ever been brought up here. I then went to a Capt Tyler, a gallant old Veteran, he could tell me nothing. I then wrote to an old lady who lives at the battlefield, and one whose heart is bound up in the Confederate cause, and is a perfect encyclopaedia of knowledge pertaining to the battles, etc. She with her own hands, the morning after the 2nd Battle of Manassas, went among the dead and helped bury them, marked their graves and kept a list of all. For years she begged, even [illegible] the trains, and asked for money to enclose, and keep graves in order. She is a most true and most interesting character. Her house is a perfect museum, filled with war relics- and she lives there absolutely alone. I enclose you her letter. I, too, am sorry that it has to prove a painful one to you- once I hesitated about sending it- but found if I only copied parts of it, that it would not fully explain the matter to you- On next Tuesday there will be at Manassas a re- [End Page 2] union and banquet given to Mosby's command. I have had an invitation to it- and Father and I will go down. When there I will inquire into this matter for you, as I may gain some information from some of those Veterans. If you hear nothing further from me you will understand they could tell me nothing. Don't apologize for writing me. I am only sorry I could not help you in some way. The dear old "Lost Cause" is all that lies very near my heart- I hope you will always feel you can turn to me in the future if there is ever any way I can help you. Yours with warm regard, Nellie Beaumont Clarksall. [End Page 3]
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    Haymarket Va. Oct 20. '98- My dear Miss Heyward: I am sorry I have had to delay so long in acknowledging the receipt of your letter but I waited hoping to gain some definite information for you. I just interviewed two dear old ladies who have lived next to the church for over sixty years and during the war themselves cared for all the sick soldiers brought here to a hospital, and even helped bury some of them. [End Page 1] They told me no Heyward or Munro had ever been brought up here. I then went to a Capt Tyler, a gallant old Veteran, he could tell me nothing. I then wrote to an old lady who lives at the battlefield, and one whose heart is bound up in the Confederate cause, and is a perfect encyclopaedia of knowledge pertaining to the battles, etc. She with her own hands, the morning after the 2nd Battle of Manassas, went among the dead and helped bury them, marked their graves and kept a list of all. For years she begged, even [illegible] the trains, and asked for money to enclose, and keep graves in order. She is a most true and most interesting character. Her house is a perfect museum, filled with war relics- and she lives there absolutely alone. I enclose you her letter. I, too, am sorry that it has to prove a painful one to you- once I hesitated about sending it- but found if I only copied parts of it, that it would not fully explain the matter to you- On next Tuesday there will be at Manassas a re- [End Page 2] union and banquet given to Mosby's command. I have had an invitation to it- and Father and I will go down. When there I will inquire into this matter for you, as I may gain some information from some of those Veterans. If you hear nothing further from me you will understand they could tell me nothing. Don't apologize for writing me. I am only sorry I could not help you in some way. The dear old "Lost Cause" is all that lies very near my heart- I hope you will always feel you can turn to me in the future if there is ever any way I can help you. Yours with warm regard, Nellie Beaumont Clarksall. [End Page 3]
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    Haymarket Va. Oct 20. '98- My dear Miss Heyward: I am sorry I have had to delay so long in acknowledging the receipt of your letter but I waited hoping to gain some definite information for you. I just interviewed two dear old ladies who have lived next to the church for over sixty years and during the war themselves cared for all the sick soldiers brought here to a hospital, and even helped bury some of them. [End Page 1] They told me no Heyward or Munro had ever been brought up here. I then went to a Capt Tyler, a gallant old Veteran, he could tell me nothing. I then wrote to an old lady who lives at the battlefield, and one whose heart is bound up in the Confederate cause, and is a perfect encyclopaedia of knowledge pertaining to the battles, etc. She with her own hands, the morning after the 2nd Battle of Manassas, went among the dead and helped bury them, marked their graves and kept a list of all. For years she begged, even [illegible] the trains, and asked for money to enclose, and keep graves in order. She is a most true and most interesting character. Her house is a perfect museum, filled with war relics- and she lives there absolutely alone. I enclose you her letter. I, too, am sorry that it has to prove a painful one to you- once I hesitated about sending it- but found if I only copied parts of it, that it would not fully explain the matter to you- On next Tuesday there will be at Manassas a re- [End Page 2] union and banquet given to Mosby's command. I have had an invitation to it- and Father and I will go down. When there I will inquire into this matter for you, as I may gain some information from some of those Veterans. If you hear nothing further from me you will understand they could tell me nothing. Don't apologize for writing me. I am only sorry I could not help you in some way. The dear old "Lost Cause" is all that lies very near my heart- I hope you will always feel you can turn to me in the future if there is ever any way I can help you. Yours with warm regard, Nellie Beaumont Clarksall. [End Page 3]
Title:
355. Nellie B. Clarksall to Miss Heyward -- October 20, 1898
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1898-10-20
Description:
Letter from Nellie B. Clarksall to Miss Heyward enclosing the previous letter of Sue Monroe. The letter concerns Miss Heyward's attempt to locate the remains of her uncle Nathaniel Heyward (II) who had died at the Second Battle of Bull Run. 3p. October 20, 1898.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family, Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st.
Topical Subject:
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
Geographic Subject:
United States--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:
Digital image copyright 2009, The College of Charleston Libraries. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.