Mittie & Thee

An 1853 Roosevelt Romance

North met South—an enduring love affair began—the birth of a President resulted. This 1853 story, told through one year of courtship letters between New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt (Senior) and Miss Mittie Bulloch of Georgia, echoes through time. Her heritage is one of patriotism, education, and Southern social standing. He is the fifth son of a wealthy New York City businessman of Dutch heritage. Their courtship, conducted mostly through letters, provides the reader with an intimate peek into their personal love story.

Transcribed and presented just as written, these love letters tell the story not only of two young lovers but of the social mores of 1853. Huddleston and Koehler allow the letters to stand on their own, presenting only the necessary background to the story, a glimpse of antebellum life, and explanations of persons and events as needed.


“Using never-before published letters, the authors bring to life a romance that united the Bullochs of Georgia and the Roosevelts of New York. Through careful research and insightful commentary, the authors provide a rare glimpse into the antebellum societies of the North and South. More importantly, they give us an intimate understanding of a love that withstood a Civil War and produced a son who rose to be President of the United States.” Walter E. Wilson, Captain, USN (ret.), author of The Bulloch Belles; First Ladies, a Spy, Mother of a President and Other Remarkable Women of a 19th Century Georgia Family and co-author of James D. Bulloch; Secret Agent and Mastermind of the Confederate Navy

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About C.M. Huddleston

Connie M. Huddleston, a professional historian and historic preservation consultant, has researched the Bulloch family for more than ten years. This is her first book on the Bulloch family, however, three more are in progress. She lives in a log cabin in rural Kentucky and continues to work on the Bulloch/Roosevelt letters along with her historical fiction series for middle graders.

Born in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region, Gwendolyn I. Koehler now resides near Roswell, Georgia. She is the Education Coordinator at Bulloch Hall, Mittie’s girlhood home. Gwen’s passion for these letters and the Bulloch family stories inspired the collaboration that brought these letters to print.

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