Dear Sister Mary:
I have just received from Mr. Culver a letter with the sad intelligence of Frankie’s death. Mary I know that I can not reallize to its full extent your great bereavement, but feel deeply for you and mourn with you. Heaven grant you comfort and give you strength to bear up under your affliction. I was much surprised to receive this painful intelligence, for only day before yesterday I was gladdened by the reception of your letter of 13. Oct. and one from Brother Frank of later date letting me of Frankie’s improvement in health.
I will write to Frank, this morning. He tells me that he has sent for you to come without delay to Nashville. When you get there, I will try to go up to see you.
With your letter day before yesterday, came one from Brother Thomas and one from Sammy. Both are well, and also are the folks at home so far as I can learn.
This I will direct to Carlisle though you may have left there before it reaches you. I can spare but a moment this morning, Mary. I will write you soon again.
With love I am as ever
Your Affectionate Brother
W J Murphy
W J Murphy
Battery “M” 1st Ill. Artillery
3 Brig. 2 Div. 4 A.C.