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12 July 1862: “I myself found a Yankee in a thicket on Friday who had been shot through the lungs the previous Monday & was still alive.”

Item description: Letter, 12 July 1862, from Benjamin Lewis Blackford, in camp near Chesterfield, Va., to his mother Mary B. Blackford. Blackford, an accomplished draftsman, was at this time employed as a topographical engineer in the Confederate army. This letter … Continue reading

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25 March 1862: “the Generall in Command (Gen Branch) gave orders when he retreated to burn the City & set fires in severall places but the people who did not leave got out the engines & put out the fires.”

Item description: This is the third in a series of four letters, which were written in 1862 by William B. Alexander to his wife Mary F. Alexander.  In this letter, Alexander writes describing his the wound he received during the Battle … Continue reading

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