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Young Love in the Old South

In the early spring of 1841, thirteen-year-old Eliza Fisk Harwood of Williamsburg, Virginia, wrote a letter to her friend Tristrim “Trim” Skinner so crammed with news that it was practically unreadable. What she considered to be her most important news, … Continue reading

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“General Harrison is certainly dead,” April 5, 1841

Williamsburg April 5th 1841 [Tazewell Hall] Conscience, my dear friend has severely reproved for thus neglecting to answer your truly welcome letter, and I sincerely hope that you will not think the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” applicable … Continue reading

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Baltimore: 1844 Whig Rally

  Get Out Of The Way For Old Kentucky Get out of the way, you’re all unlucky; Clear the track for Old Kentucky![1] Sold by J. Murphy, 146 Market st. Balt. Baltimore May 3 1844 Dear Father – I take … Continue reading

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Camp at Fair Oaks, June 5, 1862

Camp on last Saturday’s battlefield – June 5th 1862 My dearest Wife I know that you have felt very anxious about me on account of not hearing from me since mine of Sunday morning[1], but I recollect having written you … Continue reading

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Letter from Cuba 1851

Cardenas Island of Cuba Jany 6th 1851 My Dear Child Well here am I in the place attacked some time since by the famous Lopez[1] I left Norfolk on the 20th Decbr & arrived here on Saturday after a boistrous … Continue reading

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A Map of Time and Blood: An Introduction to the Skinner Family Papers 1826-1850

  Sample Chapter ~Beginnings: the Lowthers~ Thomas Harvey Skinner insists in his memoir of his brother – quite disingenuously – that Joseph Blount Skinner’s marriage to Maria Louisa Lowther had nothing to do with his success. Tom claims that the … Continue reading

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