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29 September 1863: “How we are spreading ourselves as a family this year, hey?”

Item Description: Letter dated 29 September, 1863 to Edward “Porter” Alexander from his sister Harriet. In this letter, Harriet congratulates her brother on the birth of his twins, Edward Porter and Lucy Roy, by his wife, Bettie Mason Alexander. She also … Continue reading

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9 February 1863: “I was particularly edified by a Pocahontas in a low necked white mans lin saving the life of Captain Smith, (C.S. Uniform) from Powhatan gorgeously arrayed in Masonic regalia and feathers”

Item Description: Letter, 9 February 1863, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford to his mother, Mary B. Blackford, discussing events in Richmond. The Blackford family was a prominent, although not wealthy, Virginia family. Item Citation: From folder 84 of the Blackford Family Papers … Continue reading

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7 December 1862: “such military necessities as they are egregiously called will crush that spirit upon which the foundation of all republics are built- namely good will”

Item Description: Letter, 7 December 1862, from Arnoldus Brumby to his sister, Sarah Catherine (Kate) Brumby Simpson. Arnoldus studied medicine and became a physician in Holmes County, Mississippi. The letter mentions their brother Robert, who died in the war in 1864, and … Continue reading

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10 October 1862: “She is a little fat creature, & only weighs six pounds. her eyes are very dark blue, I think they will be like yours.”

Item description: Letter, 10 October 1862, from Cassie Selden Kirby-Smith to her husband Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith describing the birth of their daughter, Caroline. At the time of the letter, Kirby-Smith was commanding the Army of East Tennessee in the invasion … Continue reading

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