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A Virtuous Wife
During the Civil War Lorenzo Dow Hylton enlisted in the Fifty-fourth Virginia Infantry in Abingdon, Virginia. He was wounded in action at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, and ...

A Virtuous Wife

During the Civil War Lorenzo Dow Hylton enlisted in the Fifty-fourth Virginia Infantry in Abingdon, Virginia. He was wounded in action at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, and died in the Marietta [Georgia] hospital on February 13, 1864. Before he died, Barbara Hylton wrote a letter to her husband, announcing the birth of their daughter:

To L. D. Hylton

Dear Husband,

This time affords me the pleasure of writing you a few lines to inform you that I am well as could be expected, and all the rest of the family are well, and hoping that these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.…

I can inform you that I have another Daughter, it was born April 17th. Nathan Hylton went for a Doctor, send the name that you choose that it should be called.…

I would like to know if you have received the coat and socks that I sent to you by Col. Shelor.

Dear husband thou art kind and true and every day I think of you. So my dear husband think of me while many a mile apart we be.

Yours truly,

Barbara E. Hylton

Barbara Hylton loved her husband but was willing for him to fight. She had given her husband up to fight in the army to secure freedom for the South. Southern women had to have a toughness and resiliency to endure while their husbands were away. For many Christian wives in the South, separation meant learning to lean on the Lord more than they ever had in their lives. In Barbara Hylton’s case, her husband would never come home again.

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4


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