The "Love letters" being shared by the Missouri History Museum may not have the drama of, say, a Civil War battle re-enactment, but we're captivated by the romance between a St. Louis soldier and his beloved "dear girl" unfolding on the "History Happens Here" blog.

Here's a sample of the lovely prose, written by new Union recruit James E. Love to his sweetheart Molly Wilson, as he leaves the city in June 1861: "We are at present near St. Charles & en route for Jefferson City. I shall write you again from there at present I have only time to say how much I love you. All my hopes of Heaven & earth depend on you..."

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