July 8th 1864
My dearest Corrie
Again with a sad heart I have to inform you of the death of another dear brother, my much loved brother Pink died at Richmond hospital 28th June of measles. ‘Tis hard, to part with those we love. Within six months to a day we have had to mourn the loss of three brothers. O cruel war when shall we be relieved of its dreadful consequences. May God spare us of any more bloodshed or suffering of mind and body. Of five brotehrs only two remain and how long will we be spared; no one knows but I pray god we may be blessed with health and protected from the enemys balls through out the entire struggle. I was uneasy about Pink as the measles had broken out on him before he was sent off and I learned by one of our men who returned from the hospital yesterday that he was poorly attended. Poor brother if I could only have been with him to wait on him in his sickness I would not be so much troubled about it, but here he had to lie and suffer with no kind sister or loving brother to administer to his wants among strangers who care but very little more for a mans life than they would for a dogs. Bill is well. Yesterday was the first I heard of Pinks death. The mail went out this morning for the first time since the road was cut – would have written by it but was not aware it was going out till the carrier came round. My love to all
As every your devoted
Sources: Mike and Carol Lawing, eds., My Dearest Friend: The Civil War Correspondence of Cornelia McGimsey and Lewis Warlick (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2000). Original collections of the papers are in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill.