Acquainted with Grief
In 1853 Adeline and Washington Driskell (my 2nd great grandparents) buried Mary, their first baby. In 1856 Millie died two weeks after she was born. Marion died on his 2nd birthday in 1859. They buried one year old George in 1862. And Adeline buried their little five month old Sarah in 1864.
A Letter from a Heartbroken Mother
This letter was transcribed just as written. Sarah (or Sary) Driskell was born in 1863, a year before the sad letter.
While her husband was a patient in a Confederate hospital, Adeline cared for their children and farm. This letter was sent to Washington while he was a patient in the Kingston, Georgia Confederate hospital. It was probably never received. He died two weeks later and the letter was returned to the grieving widow and mother.
georgia forsyth co january the 31 1864
dear husband i take the presend opertunity of writing you a fiew lines to let you no the trouble that I am in little sary was taken sick last thursday and she cept ageting worse all day and night i set up with her all night and afriday she had 6 hard fits and afriday night she died about 12 oclock and was beried yesterday which was Saturday I wish you was here She had the cold hives i am in a sight of trouble the neighbors was vary nice and come to stay with me all the time she was sick it was dark when i got back from buring my dear little babe and you no that i had a sad mind and a heavy heart elizabeth martin and mrs fentz came home with me last night and staid all night with me i don’t feel like i wanted to live any longer in this troublesome world tho my 2 little boys is agrate satisfaction to me i would wrote to you afriday when she was so bad off but i noed it would jest trouble you and they would not let you come home and i thought it would jest trouble you so bad the male just leavs here of afriday and then it dont leav nomore till monday my heart aches bad today and my throat hurts me today but I am in a world of trouble i had a vary bad sore throat and i wrote for you to come home and they would not let you come home we put my dear little babe away at bethel she was put away vary nice mrs goolsby and nancy and jane colins and martha loid and lizabeth youngblood was with me when my dear little babe died and the house was crowded all day yesterday with wimen i hope you are well the boys are well i hope you will get to come home i got that leter and ring you sent by Black you said you was out of money i will send you 2 dollars i want you to rite soon jest as long as i have a cent i want you to have part of it rite soon i will rite in a fiew days again adline driskell
Through the Years
Although I never knew Adeline, my heart breaks for this mother…even 150 years later. It is amazing how grief has a way of reaching through time.
The letter was kept in a wooden box for over 100 years. In 1980, grandma’s box was in the possession of my cousin, Cleburne Driskell. We don’t know which cousin has it now.