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Little Starlight // Lula's Letter

Harper's Weekly Text
July 23, 1864, p. 478 (2-4)


A mother helps her little girl find a correspondent among Union soldiers.  Eventually, the little girl carries on a correspondence with a lonely soldier who has no family.  When the soldier gets a furlough, he comes to visit the girl and her family.  The correspondence stops soon after his visit, a fact that worries the little girl’s parents.  Later, the mother encounters the soldier, now a captain, dying in a Baltimore hospital from war wounds.  He asks to see the little girl again.  When the girl appears, the soldier gives her his sword.  After he dies, the little girl’s father tells her that the captain died doing his duty, and that she may honor him by always doing her duty.

Additional Material Relevant to "Lula's Letter:  A Child's Story"

Historical Background:

"A Soldier's Diary"
February 4, 1865, p. 75 (3-4)


"A Political Catechism for Children"
September 7, 1861, p. 562 (1-2)

"How to Cheer the Soldiers"
February 18, 1865, p. 99 (1-2)


"Winter Quarters in Camp—The Inside of a Hut"
January 24, 1863, p. 52 (1-4)

"The Soldier’s Dream"
November 7, 1863, p. 709 (1-4)

"The Fourth of July, 1864"
July 16, 1864, pp. 456 (1) – 457 (4)


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