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18 February 1862: “For breakfast, schedule reads ‘biscuits’; for dinner ‘biscuits & salt beef’, for supper sometimes ‘biscuits’, oftenest ‘nothing with tea or coffee’.”

Item description: Letter, 18 February, 20 February, and 21 February 1862, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother. Hutson describes the availability of food in camp and details a skirmish near the Occoquan River in Virginia. [Transcription available below images.] … Continue reading

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6 October 1861: “We have heard of great victories, of late, in other quarters. Why is there no fighting in this section?”

Item description: Letter, 6 October 1861, from Charles Woodward Hutson to his mother, discussing life in camp as part of the Hampton’s Legion South Carolina Infantry. He expresses his frustration at the relative inactivity on the front during this period … Continue reading

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19 August 1861: “If we are to winter near the Potomac, I think I will certainly need flannel drawers, but not until the winter-season fairly sets in.”

Item description: In this letter of 19 August 1861 to his family, Charles Woodward Hutson comments on the large number of cases of typhoid fever and other ailments plaguing his fellow soldiers, noting, “too many suffer from a disease still … Continue reading

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1 August 1861: “Oh, Pidge, I do want to see you awfully, but won’t we be happy when Old Lincoln dies & the war is over.”

Item description: Letter, 1 August 1861, from Edward Porter Alexander to his wife Bettie. Alexander updates his wife on his situation in the weeks following the Battle of First Bull Run: he comments further on his promotion, notes the receipt … Continue reading

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