Letter from Julie Charlton to Thomas J. Charlton dated Jan. 5th, 1864

Savannah Jan. 5, 1864

My own darling,

I hope you have had a Happy New Year. As happy as you can have away from your home. I know you have received all the letters we have written you that your heart is much lighter than it was some months ago. And I know you will long more than ever to come home again. And I never look at our dear little baby that I don't wish you could see him. He is such a plump rosy little fellow. I know you would be delighted with him, I have just given him his bath and put him to sleep in his little cradle. He is the picture of health and I think one of the sweetest pictures I ever looked at. The little rose full mouth, the soft plump rosy cheeks the dark brown lashes, the little pink ears and the white dimpled hands. I have looked at and kissed them a thousand times and wished his dear father could only see him as I do. His eyes are so beautiful, altho they are blue, he has large dark pupils which sometimes makes them look as tho they are black and he coos and laughs so sweetly. You will think I am very proud of my baby but I know you will think it pardonable pride and if you could see him would be a little bit proud yourself I tell you a great deal about him but I don't think you will be weary of hearing of him. I spend most of my time with him and he and you occupy my thoughts with affection. Your picture hangs just over his cradle and I can sit and watch you both at the same time. I am anxiously looking for that photograph you promised to send. Cpt. Morris sent Mrs. Morris two or three in different letters and she was fortunate enough to get them all. Mrs. Morris is looking remarkably well and I hear his baby is a dear sweet little thing. I have not seen it lately. I am afraid the blockade will soon become so strict and effective we shall not be able to hear from you. I hope not for I could not promise to be cheerful if that was the case. So long as I can hear from you and that you are safe and well I can keep up my spirits but were I not to hear from you for months I should be very miserable. But I will not anticipate trouble I will hope for the best. I hope every letter I receive to hear something of the time of your return but alas there is no such good news .Yet oh how much more joyful will be the tidings than that "Homeward bound "written some years ago and that[would] fill my heart with more joy than I could [have ] the right to express. Nor can I before the whole world say how dear it would be to me. We have had such bitter cold weather it is said the coldest we have had in years. I had to keep up a? and fire and wrap up the baby to keep him warm. Fortunately he is so good at night I never have had to get up with him. I have not lost a nights rest. since he was born. I wrote you I had given him your name. I think your mother and Priss would like me to call him Thomas Robert , but I want him to have your name. And as I have never known you by that name will call him T J. But not have him christened until I hear from you. I don't think you can object but would rather wait until I hear what you say about it. Mann Harriet says I must tell you she has another "Thomas Jackson" for your baby is the image of you when you were a baby. She already seems very fond of him and can manage him better than anyone else.

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