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Civil War Letters Digitized


On March 1, 1862, Michael Leary wrote: "Dear Nellie, I heartily coincide with you in regard to there being enough of Bloodshed already and I do wish that them poor deluded people of the South...would see their folly and surrender...for it will be useless for them to try to hold out much longer." The Burns Library, which houses numerous of these fascinating and heartfelt letters written by a Civil War infantry soldier to his future wife, recently digitized this correspondence, and also uncovered new insights into the Leary family history, including a connection to Boston College that may explain the letters' provenance.