Dyslexia, Spelling and Typing

This is an example of my typing/spelling. I listened to the letter read on the CD that came from the Civil Documentry by Ken Burns. This was not the first draft, but corrected by me, and not run through a spell checker.

A week before the battle of Bullrun, Sullivan Ballou a Major in the 2nd Road Islansd volenteers wrote home to his wife in Smithfield.

July 14, 1861 Washington DC.

Dear Sara,

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few day, perhaps tomorrow. And lest I should not be able to write you again. I feel impelled to write a few lines that might fall under your eye when I am no more. I have no missgivings about or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am enguaged. My courage does not halt or faulter. I know how Americans civilzation now leans on the triumph of the Government. And how great a debut we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the revolution. And I am willing, perfectly willing to lay down all my joyes in this life to help maintain this government, and to pay that debt.

Sara, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me with mighty cables that nothing but omnipoptens can break. And yet my love of country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me inrresistibly with all thoes chains to the battle field. The memory of all the bissfull moments I have enjoyed with you come crouding over me. And I feel most deeply gratefull to God, and you, that I have enjoyed them for so long. And how hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years. When God willing we might still have lived and loved together, and see our boys grown up to honerable manhood around us.

If I do not return, my dear Sara, never forget how much I loved you. Nor that when my last breath escpes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults and the many pains I have caused you. How thought less how foolish I have sometimes been. But Oh Sara, if the dead can come back to this earth, and flit unseen around those they love. I shall allways be with you, in the brightest day and the darkest night. Allways. Allways And when the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath, or the cool air, your throbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sara do not morn me dead, think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again.

Sullivan Ballou was killed a week later at the first battle of Bullrun.

Below is a listing of miss spelled words the correct spelling listed second. Part of my dyslexia is that relates to transposing numbers and letters. But much of my spelling problems has to do with my memory and inablity to have confidence in recalling random numbers or abstract or rote memorization.

To me there is no rhymn or reason for the sequence in which some letters of most words are arranged. I can usually select the correctly spelled word when given a list of correctly spelled words (i.e. I can read, or distinguish between simlarly spelled but different words). But what I can not do is remember how a specific word is spelled.

Since I was not taught to read phonicaly, I have had to memorize what each word looks like. Recongition memory is one type, and total recall is another. There has been times when I have used a word in my vocalulary for 5 years or more, without ever reading it in print, and when I come accross those words, if they are unusual spellings, such as words of French dirivation, I have no clue what word this is. (BTW the above magenta paragraphs were not spell checked or proofed).



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