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2 March 1864: “…news has just reached us the enemy are going in the direction of Lynchburg…”

Item description: Letter, dated 2 March 1864, from Robert W. Parker to his wife, Rebecca “Beck” Louise Fitzhugh Walker, about minor engagements, troop movements, and camp conditions in Virginia.  Parker mentions action and movement around several places, including Madison, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, … Continue reading

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24 November 1863: “for horses will be horses next spring if we live to see the time”

Item Description:  Letter, 24 November 1863, in which Parker informs his parents that his horse was condemned by the Army, and asks them about the possibility of him buying another horse and keeping it with them during the winter. Parker served … Continue reading

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17 May 1863: “Say nothing about my writing so it will get out publicly. If I attempt it, I want it put through”

Item Description: Letter, 17 May 1863, Robert W. Parker to  to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, about possibly finding a substitute for him in the war. Parker served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America … Continue reading

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9 January 1863: “I havent opened my snack yet”

Item description: Letter, dated 9 January 1863, from Robert W. Parker, describing rejoining the Army of the Northern Virginia in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Parker was born in 1838 in Pittsylvania County, Va. His father, Ammon H. Parker, and mother, Frances Goggin Parker, eventually … Continue reading

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18 August 1862: “as to a sick man’s getting home now, that is almost impossible, unless he is able to dodge the guard and run the blockade, as they are carried, as I am informed, by the doctors now.”

Item description: Letter, 18 August 1862, from Robert W. Parker of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker, at home in Bedford County, Va. Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert W. Parker Papers, … Continue reading

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6 July 1862: “It seems strange but nevertheless true that most of the boys from our neighborhood have either been killed wounded or died of sickness.”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 July 1862, from the diary of Robert W. Parker (2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA), near Culpeper, Va., to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From volume 2 in the … Continue reading

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25 April 1862: “tell him to write often for I really think three letters a year is but few he has ten times the chance to write I have”

Item description: Letter, dated 25 April 1862, from Robert W. Parker (2nd Virginia Cavalry of the Confederate States of America Army), near Gordonsville, Va., to his wife, Rebecca Louise Fitzhugh Walker Parker. Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert … Continue reading

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9 February 1862: “…they are steady and prudent not partaking of the vices so common in camp – George told me he had been often begged to play cards – he told them he did not know how and never intended to know…”

Item description: Letter, 9 February 1862, from Frances Goggin Parker to her son Robert W. Parker, a soldier in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From volume 2 in the Robert W. Parker Papers, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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8 September 1861: “you wished to know if I had burnt your letters I kept all of them till a week or so since. when I had a bonfire burnt up all I’ve received from you except the two last”

Item description: Letter, 8 September 1861, from Robert W. Parker to his wife Rebecca. He describes camp life, soldiers’ pay, and comments on his provisions for the upcoming autumn and winter. Robert W. Parker was born in 1838 in Pittsylvania … Continue reading

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