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"When This Cruel War is Over"
From Ballads of the Civil War 1831-1865
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Civil War Valentine Card
1860s

What Civil War soldiers sent home to their sweethearts
This Civil War-era valentine's card combined romantic love and love of country. The card's verse, "Love and Patriotism," reads:

My country's cause to serve, For her to do or die; Thy love my arm to nerve, Thy name my battle cry.

Notes
The valentine was probably the first of all greeting cards.
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Learn more!
· Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877)
· Archives Center finding aid Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977
· "When This Cruel War is Over"

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