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War-date Confederate soldier's letter, 3 1/3pp. 4to., written by Pvt. David F. Kagey (1834-1923), Virginia Danville Light Artillery, (later Hospital Steward 25th Virginia Infantry), "Camp Bartow, Greenbrier River, Va. Sept. 7, 1861," to "Dear Girls," reading, in part: "…we are doing totally well, have enough to eat…the report of the Adjutant…makes out the number 810 sick between here and Staunton belonging to this division of the army. There is no regular hospitals established here……many persons have an aversion to being taken to one when sick. I should protest against it myself. Henry Spitzer has been unwell for several days. Have had the best Doctor in camp to see him…I don't think he has measles…we will take the best care of him possible. I hope there will be some chance to get him out of camp, but it is difficult to get anyone sick out of this camp as the officers are very strict. I suppose you have heard in New Market of Jos. W. Bowman's death. He died at Monterey of fever last Monday our company of infantry left here this morning to go way of Monterey down to Hardy Co. to guard a pass in the mountains near Petersburg where…the Yankees intend making an effort to get…in the rear of the army…we have no news from Gen. Lee's army…we heard the report of cannon in the direction of his camp today…we are looking for stirring news from Arlington & Washington…they are fighting there. Tent No. 5 are all doing well. John Read has not got the measles yet…this is an awful muddy place…we are situated on the north side of a very high hill near the banks of the "Sweet Greenbrier". We have to tote water up an awful high hill…D. F. K." Also included is the original transmittal cover with "Franklin Repose, Va, Sept. 7, 1861. Paid 5" manuscript postmark. Expected folds, else VG.
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The Yankees Intend Making An Effort To Get…In The Rear Of The Army.

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