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Ephraim Osborne to Roland C. Osborne, July 27, 1862

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  • In this letter of July 27, 1862 Ephraim Osborne exhorts his son Roland C. Osborne to maintain his religious faith in the face of battle casualties. He also reports on miscellaneous details of family life.
  • July 27, 1862 At home July 27 1862 Dear Son I know it must have cost you some uneasiness to reflect on the long delay of your request, that I should write you in return of your friendly letter, but Joseph leaving home has thrown every thing upon me in the fields in addition to my jobbing, feeding, and riding [?] and shopping, I have been too weary to write at nights, but I consider this morning to begin this, hoping I may finish it some when, and by it convince it was not for want of a good will towards you no, no, I am pleased you get constant intelligence of all our matters from Kezia, and in return we have the joy of hearing from you weekly, we were very anxious respecting your fate at the Richmond battles, that awful struggle has made many homes desolate, and broken for life many a fond heart, but God sent his Angel and turned from you the missiles of Death, O how much gratitude and praise is due to his name, I think we offered up one grateful offering of praise to him who holds the Keys of Death and the Grave when we found you were not numbered with Dear, I hope your life spared may be devoted to his glory and you made a good Soldier of the Cross, constantly under Arms fighting the good fight of Faith, charging the foes within your own heart in the strength of the Lord, driving them back more & more daily, like Lincolns forces flee to the last bound of their territory. In the death of your substitute we have another strong showing that we must all die for ourselves at the appointed moment, Christ died for us to open to us the way to Eternal Life but we must die for ourselves, Corporeally to enter that life if we are prepared for it, I hope his Death may have a lasting effect on mind for good, and do good to all his commands under arms, many must be left behind at the close of the War, but more awful still many will be left out at the last great day, who have hardened their hearts after seeing and escaping so many strokes of God’s judgment, to them the Christians Captain will say with his muster roll in his hand, Depart from me I never knew you, you never buckled on the Christians armour, never fought against sin and corruption, never show yourself decidedly and determinedly side, may God give us grace to get near the Cross and fight till we die. We have a full shew of your needs before the Lord at least twice a day. Be very guarded against evil associates, lest they try to hang to you, if you return home. May the Lord help you to make a full surrender of all to his Son Conquered by love, bristing you all to him, believing he will save all that come to him, and you even you among the rest. I suppose Kezia told you I had bought another Servant. I felt compelled I could get no help till the middle of April. I paid in land and troublesome notes, a good portion for him, and I have until the close of the year to pay or go aceper [?] into the Bank for the balance. I hope to have some pork, beef, and corn to spare. Your Father spent a night with us a few weeks since, his wheat crop is very sorry, Francis Wolf’s crop was not worth cutting, our crop is as good as usual. This morning Kezia and the big baby are well, he walks alone Strong. Joshua has married his long selected Companion Sarah came to see us two weeks since, with Emma and the baby, she came in company with a Neighbor and family, they returned safe. We remain as ever Affectionately Father and Mother. All are well Osborne Civil War letters Annotated versions prepared by George Frizzell
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  • In this letter of July 27, 1862 Ephraim Osborne exhorts his son Roland C. Osborne to maintain his religious faith in the face of battle casualties. He also reports on miscellaneous details of family life.
  • July 27, 1862 At home July 27 1862 Dear Son I know it must have cost you some uneasiness to reflect on the long delay of your request, that I should write you in return of your friendly letter, but Joseph leaving home has thrown every thing upon me in the fields in addition to my jobbing, feeding, and riding [?] and shopping, I have been too weary to write at nights, but I consider this morning to begin this, hoping I may finish it some when, and by it convince it was not for want of a good will towards you no, no, I am pleased you get constant intelligence of all our matters from Kezia, and in return we have the joy of hearing from you weekly, we were very anxious respecting your fate at the Richmond battles, that awful struggle has made many homes desolate, and broken for life many a fond heart, but God sent his Angel and turned from you the missiles of Death, O how much gratitude and praise is due to his name, I think we offered up one grateful offering of praise to him who holds the Keys of Death and the Grave when we found you were not numbered with Dear, I hope your life spared may be devoted to his glory and you made a good Soldier of the Cross, constantly under Arms fighting the good fight of Faith, charging the foes within your own heart in the strength of the Lord, driving them back more & more daily, like Lincolns forces flee to the last bound of their territory. In the death of your substitute we have another strong showing that we must all die for ourselves at the appointed moment, Christ died for us to open to us the way to Eternal Life but we must die for ourselves, Corporeally to enter that life if we are prepared for it, I hope his Death may have a lasting effect on mind for good, and do good to all his commands under arms, many must be left behind at the close of the War, but more awful still many will be left out at the last great day, who have hardened their hearts after seeing and escaping so many strokes of God’s judgment, to them the Christians Captain will say with his muster roll in his hand, Depart from me I never knew you, you never buckled on the Christians armour, never fought against sin and corruption, never show yourself decidedly and determinedly side, may God give us grace to get near the Cross and fight till we die. We have a full shew of your needs before the Lord at least twice a day. Be very guarded against evil associates, lest they try to hang to you, if you return home. May the Lord help you to make a full surrender of all to his Son Conquered by love, bristing you all to him, believing he will save all that come to him, and you even you among the rest. I suppose Kezia told you I had bought another Servant. I felt compelled I could get no help till the middle of April. I paid in land and troublesome notes, a good portion for him, and I have until the close of the year to pay or go aceper [?] into the Bank for the balance. I hope to have some pork, beef, and corn to spare. Your Father spent a night with us a few weeks since, his wheat crop is very sorry, Francis Wolf’s crop was not worth cutting, our crop is as good as usual. This morning Kezia and the big baby are well, he walks alone Strong. Joshua has married his long selected Companion Sarah came to see us two weeks since, with Emma and the baby, she came in company with a Neighbor and family, they returned safe. We remain as ever Affectionately Father and Mother. All are well Osborne Civil War letters Annotated versions prepared by George Frizzell