Letter from E.T. McCutchan to her wounded son, 1864
"My Dearest Son, You know mother wants to be with her poor wounded soldier boy, I know I should have made at least an attempt to get to you if you had not begged me not. I feel so idle, so useless here at home, knowing how useful I could be to you and how you would love to have dear Mother to nurse you. . . ."
Letter from E.T. McCutchan to her wounded son, 22 May 1864. From the James Wright Tracy Papers, 1863-1894.