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"Sullivan Ballou of the Union Army wrote to his wife during the early months of the Civil War, promising her that “my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but omnipotence can break. … If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you.” He then offered his hope that “the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they love, [for then] I shall always be with you, in the brightest day and in the darkest night … always, always. And when the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath, or the cool air your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.”
One week later Ballou died in the first Battle of Bull Run. But his promise had been made, and letter sent."
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