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Sullivan Ballou

Sullivan Ballou (March 28, 1829July 29, 1861) was a lawyer and politician from Rhode Island, and an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Ballou is remembered for an eloquent letter he wrote to his wife one week before he fought and died in the First Battle of Bull Run.

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American composer James Syler composed a choral piece entitled "Dear Sarah" based on Ballou's letter. In this video, the song is performed by the Huron Hgh School choir.

Contributed by Erica Piper

This is a video of a dramatized reading of Sullivan Ballou's heartfelt letter to his wife Sarah. The reading is also accompanied by images of Ballou and his family, as well as The Civil War.

Contributed by Erica Piper

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