Letter from 13th Regiment Calvary of Indiana, Company B Lieutenant
Alastor Sinclair to His Wife Rebecca Sinclair
March 11, 1863
I wanted to take a moment and send you a few lines to let you know that I am still among the living. We did not move toward Georgia, instead we rode toward Virginia.
My darling, I have seen many things in the past weeks and I fear that cause of this war is not as simple as we have been told. I hate to trouble you, but if I do not tell someone of the horrors I have witnessed, I fear that I will go mad.
In Tennessee, fugitive slaves would seek out the union army for protection, many wanting to enlist in the fight. I saw men with their backs covered in scars from whips, women and children still wearing ankle shackles that had torn their legs clean to the bone, and other horrors that I can’t even put to paper.
As we moved toward Virginia, we passed a few of the fabled plantations. These are nothing more than large farms really, nothing at all like what we were told. Some of the sights were like those in Tennessee of poor souls treated no better than livestock, but then we would come across homes where all the white folks were sick with the fever and the slaves would not abandon them, then at next town more cruelty, and then white folks going without food so that a dying slave might have a decent meal. I saw such cruelty in some and such compassion by others, both black and white, that I fear that both sides were lied to by our politicians.
I am no longer sure of this war or what a good outcome may be, but I know that I wish I was home with you now and all of this was only a memory. I want this all to end.
I no longer have the stomach to write these things. As always I love you and am thinking of you.
Your devoted husband,
These words give a glimpse into the tragedy of war. Back home, Becca would endure her own trials and suffering. After the war, the combination of the two would prove fatal and leave both of them dead. One to haunt the halls of their home and the other would eventually return in her reincarnated form to the scene of the crime. Can love cross the line between life an death?
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