Seven months before the Battle of Franklin, Captain Pleasant M. Hope
wrote this letter to his infant daughter Annie whom he had never seen.
Camp Cummings near Mobile, Ala.
Apr. 25, 1864
It is with pleasure and delight that I write you a few lines, which will be the first letter you will ever received, and one too which I hope you will preserve until you can read it. By the misfortunes of war, I have been separated from your Momma, but by the blessings of God, I hope to soon return to you, never more to leave you, until death shall separate us. My dear and only child, be a good girl, ever love and obey your affectionate Momma, and don't forget your first letter writer, who has not nor never will forget you, who daily prays to God, in his infinite mercy, to spare, bless and protect you amid the troubles of this world, and should you live to become old, may God bless you and prepare your soul in this life to go to that happy world after death.
P. M. Hope
On November 30, 1864, the remnants of the 46th Tennessee Inf. were engaged in the tragic battle of Franklin in their home state. Most of the regiment was killed or wounded that day.
During the battle, Captain Pleasant M. Hope reportedly turned to his ensign Paul Sullivan and said, "Paul, the cause is lost, save yourself." Minutes later, while crouching near the breastworks, the young Captain Hope was struck by a ball and died almost instantly.
Lt. William L. Hope of the 46th Tennessee Inf.(Pleasant Hope's brother) fell within 40 yards of the breastworks, his body pierced thirteen times. He lingered for five days before he died on December 5, 1864.
They are both buried in the the Confederate Cemetery at Carnton in Franklin, Tennessee
On my first trip to the Carter House in Franklin, Tennesee some 8 or 9 years ago .. I read Capt Hope letter & found it to be one of the most most touching letters I have ever read.
Every time I read it my eyes swell with tears thinking of how many letters like it must have been written during the war. I started wondering what became of P.M. Hope daughter Annie, and after years of searching finally I got my answer.
Thank you so for you e-mail concerning P M Hope and his daughter, my grandmother, Annie Hope Yarbrough. I carry the name of her husband and my grandfather, John S Yarbrough III. I am originally from Huntsville, AL where Annie's husband was Agent there with the NC&StL Rwy. They moved there from Camden, TN where his father was also the NC&StL Agent. As you might know Annie's mother was Josephine Curd. After Pleasant was killed she later married a James Totty, a pharmacist in Camden.
Annie married John S Yarbrough when she was but 19. They had two sons and a daughter, Isaac Curd, John S Jr and Lois Hope. Annie, we called "Nannie" Yarbrough, died in 1932. I was only eight at that time but remember her well.
Thank you again for your interest in P M Hope and his "dear child" Annie. Please drop me a line if I can be of any help with your research and the 46th.
John S. Yarbrough III LTC CE, USA (retired)
PS. I too commanded an Infantry company in WW2, "H" Co, 328th Inf, 26th Inf Div. I was recalled to active duty in 1950 with the Army Corps of Engineers. Served in Korea ands VN.