Raynors HCA 2020-02
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War-date Confederate non-commissioned officer's letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Sergeant Major Mann Page [WIA Cedar Mountain, Va., Aug. 9, 62], 21st Virginia Infantry, "Camp at Straburg", [Virginia], Dec. 24, 1861, to his uncle, David Copeland Randolph, reading, in part: "I received your letter…at Staunton and left for this place on Monday…we made one of the best marches on road marching 24 miles in 6 hours & ten mints. including all stops. The last four miles…I carried a box of eggs (11 Doz.) on my shoulders; a purchase I made on the road. We expect to leave this place tomorrow for Winchester…the weather is very cold and the wind blew so hard last night that all of our tents were blown down and most of us had to sleep in the open air the balance of the night. The suffering of the troops in this quarter have commenced to thin our ranks again…it is very trying to march and sleep in such weather and wood is getting scarce. I would like to pop in up on you this evening and spend xmas day with you all at Union Hill & Clay bank…I don't think it possible to be in Richmond this winter unless we should go in to winter quarters and there is little probability of that unless the weather should get so bad to make it impossible…ask Smith to make me a pair of gray pants…and let me know what he charged for making my coat & pants. Please pay him for them…I think we will soon loose our Col (Gilham) & Maj. [Scott] Shipp as they go to the V. M. I. (Lexington the first of Jany. They have been so very kind to me that I will miss them very much. Who will be our Col. we have no idea, but we will try and get Dick Cunningham for our Major. When in Rich'd. if you see anyone that can give him a helping hand with the Gov. Letcher get him to speak to him about it. The officers are all in favor of him and he is Sr. Capt. in our Regt…I am now writing in a house near our camp having asked permission to come in by the fire long enough to write a letter for it is so cold in camp, in our tents, & one can not sit by a camp firer the smoke…Mann Page…". Light soiling, else VG.
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Col. William Gilham And Major Scott Shipp Return To VMI After Leading Them In '61.

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