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28 September 1861: “The weather begins to feel like frost, and hereafter we shall, I fear, find a soldier’s life rather uncomfortable.”

Item description: Letter from Elisha Franklin Paxton to his wife, Elizabeth, dated 28 September 1861. In the letter Paxton discusses a promotion in rank that he declined, the changing weather, items such as pants and coats sent from home, and … 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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