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1864: “Took Place June 6th 1862”

Camp near Orange C.H. Va 10th Feb’y 1864 Capt. John Esten Cooke Dear Sir, The skirmish in which Gen. Ashby was killed took place June 6th 1862. My Division, acting as rear-guard, had encamped on the evening of the 5th, … Continue reading

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1863: “Our Thanksgiving In Camp”

November 28th [1863] Thanksgiving Day. Weather fine. Our second one in the U.S. service. some of the boys received boxes from home containing good things which they divided with others. Connecticut mince pies were all right. We had baked chicken … Continue reading

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1863: “The Leaves Are Falling In Showers”

Friday, November 6th 1863:¬†Clear and warm. The wind blew this morning and the leaves are falling in showers. Thus far there has not been a killing frost here: a thing somewhat rare. My Puppy “Wheeler” sleepth under the steps. Father … Continue reading

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WWI Letters: “The U-boat Ordered Us To Stop”

Earlier this year when I was in Virginia, a smart salesperson convinced me to make a sizeable investment in a sizeable book called “A History of Shenandoah Country, Virginia.” I thought I was buying the book for Civil War history … Continue reading

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1863: “Oh, If I Could Just Come Out Of This Charge Safely”

(Spelling and emphasis is original) July 3, 1863 Our artillery has now ceased to roar and the enemy have checked their fury, too. The time appointed for our charge has come. I tell you, there is no romance in making … Continue reading

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1863: “We Are Still Tunneling Away”

Double post Monday! This is the second and final post for today… [Spelling is original] In Camp, Siege of Vicksburg, June 9, 1863 Dear wife, We are still tunneling away at the rebel works around the city and in the … Continue reading

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