Title: Hart, Catherine to Mother, Sisters, and Brothers, January 5, 1865- Tampa, Fla. (1 sheet, 2 leaves)
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Title: Hart, Catherine to Mother, Sisters, and Brothers, January 5, 1865- Tampa, Fla. (1 sheet, 2 leaves)
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Creator: Hart, Catherine
Publication Date: January 5, 1865
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Tampa
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Tampa Jan. 5th 1865

My dear Mother, Sisters & Brothers

A good opportunity offering I embrace it to write you a few lines, and let you know we
are still in the land of the living, and in the enjoyment of good health, and have not
forgotten the many warm hearts beating for us far away, and we have been very anxious
to hear from you all. I wrote you in my last to direct to me by way of Key West, but I
have not received a line for many months and can not but feel anxious to hear from you,
and know how you are getting along through these troublesome times. God grant you
may all be well, and spared to each other. I hope Charley and Obey have not been
compelled to go in the army, I know of course their love for the Union would naturally
lead them to do so, but I know also they are not fighting men, and such buisness [sic]
would be repugnant to their natures. I do so long to see you all once again; and to mingle
with you all, as in days past, but when, when will that day come again? When will this
unnatural war be over, when will peace and prosperity bless our distressed country again?
This the fourth year has dawned upon us, and still the two sections of country stand in
antagonism toward each other. Sometimes I am led to think God has forsaken us and
intends to let us destroy each other. Wickedness of all kinds prevails, on the right hand
and on the left.

We still have our home here, and enjoy its comforts much more than thousands. Ossian
is in good health and at home with us, he is engaged at the present in making salt, and
supplying the necessities of the people, sends much love to all at home. How is Aunt
Elmina and all her family? Give much love to them when you seem them, and how is
Luly and Jeannie and Charley and all the rest of the little ones, and how is Mary and her
children, do write me soon. I want to hear from all but I want to see you all more, and
write me how Ma bears her increasing years, and how Em and Lottie look, feel, and what
their prospects are for the future, are you both to be old maids? One of you should get
married, do do [sic] write soon you cannot imagine how much pleasure it would give us
to hear from you all, give much love to Dealia and Charley, and all my friends and a large
share for yourself, from the ever loving heart of your daughter & Sister

Kate S. Hart

Transcribed by Katherine Walters, University of Florida 2007 and Nicole J. Milano,
University of Florida, 2009

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