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Accession Number: 1959.31.210.2

Physical Description: A total of three valentines were originally pasted inside scrapbook. The Conservator removed them. Valentine card made from printed paper, apparently cut down from a larger sheet (possibly stationary). Centered on paper is printed image of Cupid leaning against a Roman pillar near a shoreline. Cupid holds a dove in one hand and a bow in the other. Floral arrangement sits on pillar. Several ducks swimming in the water. To the right of Cupid is printed poem verses.

History of Object: Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, IL, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, IL and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th IL Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.

Date: Between 1861 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 13.60 (H) 9.00 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [blue handwriting at top of valentine] Valentine letter from Joseph Forrest to his / War Bride Elizabeth Ehrhart Forrest - Civil War time. Letter part cut off, I never saw it. / Perhaps private message, or sent to someone else for news. - Lillian Forrest. 1936- / [poem printed on valentine card] FAITHFUL IN DEATH, "To horse!" the bu- / gle sounds the / call, / The foemen rage / like waves at / sea; / If cruel fate should / bid me fall, / My last fond thought / shall be of thee. / W. MOMBERGER || [blue handwriting below image] To go with other valentines same place. ||

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Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Mason County (Ill.)
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Infantry
    Business / Organization: Military
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Theme/topic: Valentine's Day
    Individual: Forrest, Elizabeth Ehrhart, 1840-1920
    Individual: Forrest, Joseph F., 1840-1875
    Business / Organization: United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 8th
    Business / Organization: 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
    Business / Organization: Eight Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Creators and Contributors

    W. Momberger

Status: Cataloged

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