Lonely Hearts Magazine ~Civil War Dating~Finding Love in the Civil War
Letter from an unknown Union soldier, in the 11th New York Battery, writing February 9, 1864. This letter to “Hattie”was written after she responded to his advertisement in a “lonely-hearts” magazine.
Camp of the 11th NY Battery. Feb 9th 1864 Portion of Letter:
Be it known unto you then, this individual is twenty-nine years of age, five feet and eleven inches high, dark blue eyes, brown hair, and light (ruddy) complexion. There you have it. How do you like the descripion? Me thinks I hear you answer. I dont like it so well as the advertised description. Well! I’ll admit it is not quite so fascinating to a young lady as the fictitious one, but it is a fixed fact,
I promised on the honor of a gentleman and soldier that I have thus far given a true description of myself, it remains for me to add that I was formerly a private, but am now a Lieut in Uncle Samuel’s service and that my true name is signed to this letter. Enclosed please find carte-de-visites of your incognito, when you answer this which I hope you will do without fail - be kind enough to give a correct description and enclose a carte-de-visite, or Photograph, of your own sweet self. The enclosed picture is not as good as it might be - they eyes are too light, the features however and general expression of the countenance are natural.
Full Letter Here: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/cwlove/dearhattie.html