Letter written by Major Thomas K. Jackson, C.S.A., to his wife Lucy Reavis Jackson, from Macon, MS. Thomas recently sent Mr. Hart to Mobile, so all of the office duties have fallen on his shoulders. He doesn’t mind the work, but would be happier if Lucy were with him. He is looking forward to returning home soon, and expresses his great love for his wife. “When will this cruel war cease,” writes Thomas, “that we may be with each other always!” He has a few social outings to attend in the coming week, and asks that Lucy extend his regards to family and friends.
Macon, Jany 25, 1864
My precious Wife,
I have been as busy as a full hive of industrious bees in the blossom time – Only a little gallop, now & then, by way of recreation – I had to send Mr Hart to Mobile, & all the labors of the Office devolve on me – I don’t mind it though, for I like work when my duties are not perplexing, & would be perfectly happy if you were with me – I haven’t called upon Mrs Larnagin yet, but purpose doing so tomorrow – hope she will prove tractable – I am sure if she knew what a dear little thing you are, she would not hesitate a moment, and almost take us to board for nothing – Oh I shall be so happy when I can go home, sure of being welcomed by your smiling face – God bless you my own Darling – You are the pulse of my life – My love for you never wavers – It loves above all considerations except your happiness, which I pray for constantly –
Nothwithstanding all my occupations, the
past week has dragged heavily along – I miss you so much, & wish for you continually – When will this cruel war cease, that we may be with each other always! Will you not be happy then? –
I have not been out since the party, but expect to attend several this week – I purpose calling upon the Misses Sledge this evening – This note will probably find you in Eutah – I hope you may enjoy your visit there – Be sure to give my love to all at Judge Pierce’s – You must bring Miss Mar Lou back with you – I wish so much to see her sweet face again before she returns home – At all events, assure her of my sincere attachment – & tell her to remember me with kindness to all at her house – I took a long walk last night – my thoughts were entirely of you – & I was happy in their indulgence – Oh! dearest you cannot know with what confidence, what fondness, what devotion I think of you – You are all the world to me, & I am entirely yours – If I write short letters, dearest, I will try to write them often – Believe in my love for it
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is entirely, eternally yours – When I reflect upon your goodness, yr virtues, your dear love, my heart expands & I love all the world – My love to all at home. May the perpetual smiles of Heaven be yours
yr fond husband
Lucy Reavis (age 21 in 1863) was the daughter of prominent judge, Turner Reavis. She met her future husband Thomas K. Jackson while he was stationed in Gainesville AL. They married December 16, 1863. At least 30 known letters exchanged between them during the war years have survived. They had five children together. Lucy passed away in 1876 at just 33 years old. Thomas never remarried.
Thomas K. Jackson was born December 12, 1824 in SC. He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1844 and graduated with the class of 1848. He was appointed brevet 2nd lieutenant of the 4th U.S. Artillery, then transferred to the 5th U.S. Infantry, then the 8th U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1849. He served about 7 years on the Texas-Mexico frontier with James Longstreet, until he was assigned as an instructor of infantry tactics at West Point in 1857. In 1858 he rejoined the 8th in Texas. In 1861 he resigned from the U.S. Army and was made a captain in the Confederate Army. On September 26, 1861 he was announced as Chief Commissary of the Western Department under General Johnston. He was appointed major on November 11, 1861. He was captured at Fort Donelson in February of 1862 and imprisoned at Fort Warren. He was exchanged c. May and returned to duty as depot commissary in Gainesville, AL, where he met Lucy Reavis. They courted and were married December 16, 1863. Jackson was stationed at various sites throughout the remainder of the war. He was paroled at Gainesville on May 13, 1865 following General Richard Taylor’s surrender. He remained in Gainesville with Lucy to raise their family and work as a merchant and farmer.