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Cook, Gustave (1835-1897) to Eliza Cook

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02570.45 Author/Creator: Cook, Gustave (1835-1897) Place Written: Near Trenton, Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes that his brother Walter has been killed near Chancellorsville, Virginia. Comforts his wife over the loss of their daughter Nellie by saying she is with God and "God has done best. We will cherish her memory." Eliza thinks Cook blames her for Nellie's death. Cook writes a page reassuring her that she is good and able. Offers to have Eliza come to Tennessee to recover. Shares his desire for success in the law once he is through with the war, but would forget it all if his wife needed him. Encourages Eliza to be strong and hopeful for those that are still alive.

People: Cooke, Gustave

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Soldier's Letter, Civil War, Military History, Confederate Soldier's Letter, Confederate States of America, Cavalry, Marriage, Women's History, Children and Family, Death, Battle, Health and Medical, Law

Sub Era: The American Civil War