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Letter, 1865 October 1

 File — Box: Small Collections Box 14, Folder: 1

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From the Collection:

A letter from Mollie Smart, Petersburg, Va., to her fiance George, away on a sea voyage. She received his letter dated July 12th from Bavaria as well as the one from Melbourne. Her uncle and the rest of the family (black and white) have been ill. Her friends think she will make a Yankee a poor wife. She relates the events of April 2, 1865, when General Lee's troops withdrew from Petersburg. She describes visits of Yankees to the house. She mentions Dollie [Smart?], who was held prisoner at Johnson's Island, and speaks poorly of Henry [Smart?]. Money is scarce and she is tired of the seafaring business (George has been away five years). His cousin Dr. Wilbur Litch from Philadelphia and the Army of the Potomac visited.


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From the Collection: English

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