A letter from Edward R. Yoder to his cousin E.J. Ransome describes a school in Yorktown, Virginia that is educating freed men by a Northern Quaker, Nancy Battie and other teachers. He also tells of an attempt to recruit these blacks for the army and local home defense unit. He remarks on the raising of a bell, which once belonged to a Yorktown church, in the schoolhouse.
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Acc. 2006.60 was an addition to the Civil War Collection, Mss. 39.1 C76, until November 2017. The former citation was Civil War Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.