Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 2, 1945


Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 2, 1945


Elizabeth wrote this letter to her husband, Manning, while he was stationed in the Pacific. These letters reached Manning after he had been killed and hence, were returned to Elizabeth. They were still sealed and unopened when they arrived at The Citadel Archives.


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Richland (S. C.)


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May 2, 1945

Dearest “Boobie”,

I don’t have much news to write about yet, but I have had a rather unusual night. The skies had been a little cloudy in the afternoon, but we didn’t think it would rain. Anyhow, Miss Gunganus (Billie) and I started to our 10:30 dinner. Just as we entered the long passage-way leading to the dining room, there was a sharp snap of thunder and all the lights went out and it started to rain. There we were in the dark and I mean we were really in the dark. Managed to get to the dining room and eat part of our meal that way. It’s been rather hard to try to do my work on the wards but by the light of the candle, but I managed and the lights are all on again now. Certainly makes me feel better. It was peculiar the way it all happened and we had

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such a strange storm a few nights ago. Let me get off this subject now.

Still haven’t had that letter from you, but I always look forward to tomorrow. Hope I’m not disappointed. Mother Nelson and I both realize how spoiled we’ve been getting a letter almost every day and then have them stop like this. We know that you’d write and get the mail to us if you could.

I miss you so much and love you more than words can tell. Take care of yourself for me. I hope that you’re well. Wish I could be with you.

All my love,

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Elizabeth, “Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 2, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1540.