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Cassimere Churchill, Washington, to "Dear Sister Daphne", 1862 June 2

 Item — Box: Small Collections Box 15, Folder: 1, Object: 19
Identifier: cuid312

Scope and Contents

He writes, "I was taken sick the next day after the battle at West Point...fever for ten days..." "Williamsburg...not but a part of us in the hottest of the fight at that place for we had the ammunition train to guard...kept in the rear." "At West Point the programme was about the same only our ammunition was on steam transports in the river..." Went up Pamunkey River to White house landing. Ordered back to Washington by the Secretary of War to be mounted (on horses). Returned by the steamer "South America" on May 22. His officers are Colonel John Beardley and Captain B.F. Chamberlain of Randolph. He will send her some cotton seeds that he got in Yorktown. "I found the people of both colors more ignorant than I had any idea they were or could be in this day and age of the world." He relates the story of a conversation "with a young lady of appearantly high rank." Many of the enslaved people who helped make forts at Yorktown were taken to Washington with them.


  • Creation: 1862 June 2


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