I’m still – STILL – reading Voices from Company D. Thankfully though, it is now January of 1865. The other night I came across an entry from Henry Beck, a company member who was on detached duty as a commissary clerk. It’s from December 7, 1864, while Early’s forces were still operating in the Shenandoah Valley. Henry’s duties required him to travel about a good bit behind the lines, and while staying with the Heller family in Harrisonburg he spent his time a-courtin’ and a-sparkin’ young Lucy Heller. Before he left town to rejoin his command, he proposed. The next day, he wrote (bold font provided by me):
After several questions on both sides, I received an answer in the affirmative. With what joy my heart received it, is beyond my power to describe. I felt that I was entering upon a new life, from which I could foresee nothing but happiness. After this interesting interview was ended, I retired, but only to wake & dream. It must have been near two o’clock before I went to sleep, only to dream again of the one whom I have learned to love so devotedly, also of the tobacco bag received in the morning.*
Priorities, Henry. FYI, by 1870 Henry and Lucy had three children and were living in Greensboro, AL.
And here’s a little something on dreams because, well, because who in their right mind can’t use a little Roy Orbison every now and again?
Hubbs, G. Ward, ed., Voices from Company D, p. 330