Raynors HCA 2019-05
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War-date Confederate civilian Autograph Letter Signed with initials, 9pp. octavo, Winchester, Virginia, August 18, 1861 with Union cover addressed to Fannie Barton in Maryland, and reads in part: “...Do not think my politics very bad from this envelope, but it is one of the trophies from the great battle field at Manassas, and I think as I have several packs of them, all varieties, I may as well make good use of them...Anna and I had a fine time in Staunton together and with an occassional pitch battle now and then, we got on finely, but we are so used to battles down here and I am perfect savage and can fight anybody. Do you never intend coming home? ...I expect you are a good Unionist by this time and I half believe that’s the reason you won’t come home. You may prepare yourself though before you do come...I have hundreds of elegant Southern gentlemen and think I will take a plantation. Oh! Fannie we have more fun raving over them. They talk of their plantations in the most careless way, and Holly Hamtramick told me of them that she expected to see them all with their pockets sticking out with diamonds...Poor Lloyd Powell [2nd Va. Infantry KIA Manassas 7/21/1861] was killed and the family are dreadfully distreessed and Holmes [2nd Va. Infantry KIA Manassas 7/21/1861] and [Henry] Tucker Conrad [2nd Va. Infantry KIA Manassas 7/21/1861] too. Holmes was engaged to Kate Dandridge and she is almost frantic. Her ambrotype was found on his body with a drop of his blood on it...With all our brothers in the battle, did we not escape wonderfully? Fannie, are we not blessed by a kind God in having them all spared to us. Brother Frank had a slight burn on his neck from a bullet but nothing serious...Ned Dandridge [2nd Virginia WIA at Manassas] walks about on crutches and our friend [Hugh] Holmes McGuire [2nd Virginia WIA at Manassas] was wounded too after covering himself with glory...” More. Fine condition.
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Confederate Civilian Sends a Letter on Captured Yankee Cover Mentioning Casualties from the 2nd Virginia Infantry

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