Why Do Flowers Wilt?


3 November 1861

When this war's over, don't dare come back to me. I don't want to see you again. You made your decision, and now you have to come to terms with it. Live your life the way you want and I'll live mine.


5 May 1863

Dear Mrs. McCloud,

I deeply regret to inform you that your husband Lieutenant McCloud is missing presumed dead on war action. Any further information will be communicated to you immediately.

Please let me offer you my heartfelt sympathy in your sorrow, and I pray we may soon send you good news about your husband's whereabouts.

Yours sincerely

Colonel Leonard Cooper