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War-date Confederate soldier's letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. David F. Kagey (1834-1923), Virginia Danville Light Artillery, (later Hospital Steward 25th Virginia Infantry), "Camp…14 miles North east from Beverly, [W. Va.], July 6, 1861," to "Dear Sarah," reading, in part: "…they were ordered from Rich Mountain to Beverly…our company had to give up their cannon to a company from Lynchburg, Va., but have the promise of others…should they not get them a majority of the company [will] refuse to move farther…[we] will be ordered to St. George County…about 20 miles from the Maryland line, but the company will not move an inch farther until they get their cannon. The commanders here…would like to change this company to that of Infantry…a large majority are violently opposites to it and will return home first. I shan't join it if they do. I came here thinking it would be an Artillery & unless it remains such I shall return home…many or all the rest will do the same & go elsewhere…we are now 162 miles from home…this is a perfect wilderness of mountains…this Valley is about 2 miles wide…at Greenbriar River…we camped out in our tents every night…Dave." Light soiling, else VG.
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He Will Not Stand For His Artillerymen Command Becoming Infantry

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