Monthly Archives: August 2011

Correspondence

Ashbys GapĀ  Va June 23rd 1863 Dear Mollie As Mr. Cone has not left yet and as we have had a little excitement I will pass a few moments in making my letter a little longer. On the 21st Genl … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Ashby’s Gap, Va June 23rd/63 Dear Sister, I owe you a letter and as Mr. Cone leaves for home I will write that you may know something of our whereabouts. We have done some hard marching since we left Fredericksburg. … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Shenandoah Va June 21st/63 Dearest One, I received a precious letter from you yesterday, which was mailed 4th inst. We are now eighty five miles from Culpepper where my last letter was written. The weather was intencely hot, as hot … Continue reading

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Crossing the Shenandoah

The brigade’s march of Friday, June 19, 1863, was fatiguing for a new reason: the roads were muddy from the overnight rains. They made only about twelve miles, north again, passing through Paris, a small town at the foot of … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to the Blue Ridge

The regiment left the vicinity of Culpeper Court House at first light on June 16, 1863, heading northward on the Sperryville Turnpike. It was a Tuesday, and the weather was clear and very warm. “The men have 3 days cooked … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Culpepper County Va June 14th 1863 Dearest One, This is the Sabbath and my day to write you a letter, but have none of yours to answer, have not received one from you in many days. Have no news now, … Continue reading

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Fighting clerks

Saturday, June 13, 1863, dawned clear and warm in the regiment’s camp near the Stevensburg Road, southeast of Clupeper Court House. But the clear day was followed by “a severe storm and rain in the evening,” Spartan Band diarist William … Continue reading

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Taking up the advance

On June 10, 1863, a Wednesday, the brigade’s division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife Emily that he was unsure of the army’s destination, but the talk was of Pennsylvania: “Our army has taken up the advance…Our destination is … Continue reading

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