Tag Archives: Tristrim Lowther Skinner

Engaged, 1848

  Eliza, since the day when first, I saw thy lovely form and face; My heart has lived upon they love, And with my growth, has grown apace.     And though stern fate has shaped my course, Through paths … Continue reading

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“Let this miserable war be ended,” May 2, 1862

Oxford [North Carolina] May 2nd 1862    My dearest husband I have felt so satisfied this week with the general management of things in this “Confederacy” that I have not been disposed to do anything but quarrel – very much … 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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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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