|The Importance of Letters|
Words literally penned carry with them not only emotion but the time and effort involved in actually completing the thoughts in personal hand writing. Each stroke of the pen represents a signature thought not to be duplicated by anyone. The intimacy of hand writing is priceless!
There are millions of letters tucked away in attics, locked in dusty trunks, stuffed in Bibles or old books that tell story upon story of the lives, loves and losses during times of war. These letters spell out the hopes and dreams of an end to war. They also document irreplaceable words of the nightmares, horrors and mayhem of war witnessed first hand.
Step back in time when the pen made its mark on the heart and soul...
It is 1861 during the time of American Civil War when soldiers encounter the brutality of slavery and struggle with the reasons for war. The distance separating loved ones might as well have spanned thousands of miles across continents and oceans. Communication was sparce and slow. The art of letter writing carried with it the penning of details beyond imagination regarding war. Such letters have preserved some of the most poignant times in American history.
|Letters (held at Auckland Museum) written by New Zealand soldiers during the First World War|
|Image taken at the exhibit at the York Agricultural & Industrial Museum.|
When World War I ended, no one had visions of another war lurking in the shadows only two short decades away. As with WWI, World War II distanced families and loved ones by thousands of miles slowing correspondence to what seemed to be a crawl. Soldiers relied on letters from home to boost spirits and ease the pain of sufferings comparable to none ever experienced on the homefront. Of course, loved ones at home cherished a return letter from soldiers on the warfront letting them know all was not lost, they were alive and well, or not so well but at least alive. Love letters bound sweethearts together across the seas or tied the bonds of love cast upon foreign soil.
|As the bullet pierces the paper, the words pierce the heart!|
Of course, the ending of World War II did not mean the end of war. Less than a decade later, soldiers found themselves again in the midst of turmoil on foreign shores. The Korean War, Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War ensued followed by the Afghanistan and Iraq War still going on today. Every period of war shares it stories of letters home from military men and women as they capture the horrors, pathos and intensity of warfare. As time progresses so does the methodology of war and the modes of correspondence available to keep the lines of communication open. Even though we are in an era of advanced technology, never forget the power of the mighty pen. Penned words are like a sword of truth cutting deep flowing with passion!
|Letters from the Civil War|
Interesting stories of letters from wartime...