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Camp near Richmond, August 5, 1861

Camp near Richmond, Aug: 5th 1861 Dearest Eliza I am officer of the day today and in expectation rather than having a certainty of leaving tomorrow for Manassas. I hoped to find time to write you quite a long letter … Continue reading

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Hotel Fire! Portsmouth, Virginia, 1859

Macon House Jan: 16th 1859 Dear Eliza As you will rather expect to hear from me tomorrow evening, and as also events occurring around me since I left you enable me to scribble off a long & interesting letter, I … Continue reading

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Bullying, 1840

 January 16, 1840 Our “bloodthirsty season” has come again. You may recollect that I told you of a fight which occured between Christmas & the 22nd of Feb. last year.[1] I must now tell you of one which I fear … Continue reading

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Old Valentine Again, 1848

~~~ Old Valentine again has come – With joy to most, tho’ grief to some; And we who are young and gay should be, Free to receive him merrily.   

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Single, 1846

Harveys Neck March 28th 1846 My dear Miss Eliza— On the 25th of last month I wrote to you, and I cannot think that you would have permitted so long a time to pass without answering, if you had received, … Continue reading

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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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