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Alexis J. Seymour Letter [manuscript] 1861 July 15.

Seymour, Alexis J
Format
Manuscript/Archive
Language
English
Summary
Seymour requests more letters from home; mentions an unsuccessful march to engage the enemy near the old Bethel battlefield; speculates on the next actions and whether he might join the ambitious Captain Kilpatrick in a new cavalry company; and enquires after family and acquaintances.
Of interest are his discussions of the approximately 50 "contraband" in camp whose appearance and behavior belie the stereotype of "jolly, contented chattel," and of the elegant homes and deserted countryside "going to ruin."
There are brief references to London Times correspondent William H. Russell, a review by General Butler, the "sacred soil" of Virginia and the unchivalrous and boastful Confederates, and Sunday services.
Description
1 item.
Cite as
Alexis J. Seymour Letter, 1861, Accession #15084, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Byrd Fund, 2010/2011.
Biographical Note
Soldier in the 4th Connecticut Infantry, later reorganized as the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery.
Technical Details
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    a| Butler, Benjamin F. q| (Benjamin Franklin), d| 1818-1893.
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    a| Kilpatrick, Judson, d| 1836-1881.
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