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17 October 1861: “In the battle at the cross lanes wee kill and wounded and taken prisoners about two hundred and our lost was about four kill and seventeen wounded.”

Item description: Letter, 17 October 1861, from Confederate soldier William Soyars presumably to Chang and Eng Bunker regarding skirmishes at Cross Lanes and Gauley River in present day West Virginia. Soyars provides the names of several soldiers killed in the fighting. … Continue reading

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13 July 1861: “We are going to get our pay to day up to the first of June. We could not wait much longer as we are out of paper, ink, &c.”

Item description: Letter, 13 July 1861, from William Ray Wells, private in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment (“Onondaga Regiment”), to his family. Wells writes about receiving his pay, mentions a Union victory in West Virginia, and comments on family … Continue reading

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20 June 1861: “…A severe battle was fought by the Lincolnites (I will not call them Federalists) at a placed called Bethel Church…”

Item Description: Rev. Overton Bernard recalls his perspectives of the Battle of Bethel Church in southeastern Virginia and the Battle of Phillipi in Barbour County, Virginia (now West Virginia). [Item transcription and biographical information included below images.] Item Citation: From folder 2 of … Continue reading

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