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Many of these letters were purchased from the internet in the course of conducting historical research. Some were useful to me and others were not. But I have found all of them interesting for one reason or another and I have enjoyed researching the people and places mentioned by the 19th century letter writers. If you can add any supplementary information to what I have gleaned from the internet, I’d love to hear from you.

Old letters are golden links in the mystic chain that binds us to the past; precious mementos serving to remind us of the scenes and associations of other days. Especially is this true when the writer sleeps in the quiet stillness of the church-yard, while the little grassy hillock marks the place of his sweet repose.

— B. F. Brewington, 1862 Ladies Repository, page 349

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  • Charles

    Griff, my direct ancestor, James Michael Barr (b.1829 d. 8/29/1864), fought for South Carolina in the War Between the States in Hampton’s 5th Cavalry regiment. He died from wounds he received at the Battle of Trevilian Station, which occurred in June of 1864. He died in August 1864 from what was really a minor wound in the lower leg. He lingered for around two and one half months in a Charlottesburg, VA hospital. Gangrene set in and they had to amputate his leg several times before he died. Of course a simple shot of penicillin would have probably healed him in a week or so. Well, he and his wife, Rebecca Dowling, wrote letters back and forth during the war. In 2001 the letters were compiled and published in a book that is available on Amazon. The name of the book is “Let Us Meet in Heaven”. It is a very interesting, revealing read about the hard war times during the war and their love for one another. His body was brought home and he is buried in the family cemetery that is about a mile and half from where I am sitting typing this letter. I live on a farm in Leesville, SC.

    The Battle of Trevilian Station was the biggest and bloodiest cavalry battle during the war. Here is a link to it on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trevilian_Station

    Here is a link to the book, Let Us Meet in Heaven, being sold on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Let-Us-Meet-Heaven-Carolina/dp/1893114244/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396469879&sr=1-1&keywords=let+us+meet+in+heaven

    I am an old Wofford College history major. I graduated in 1973 when Professor Lewis P. Jones was head of the history department at Wofford College. After I left, he wrote a South Carolina textbook that was used for a number of years in South Carolina schools.

    Good luck with your website,

    Charles M. Barr

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