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Robert C. Towles Diary

Identifier: Mss. MsV D28

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Typescript of diary, 1863 August 5-1864 June 20, of Sgt. Robert C. Towles, Company A, 4th Virginia Cavalry, Confederate Army, kept while a prisoner of the Union Army in Warrenton, Va. and Washington, D. C. Includes a description of his escape and return to Prince William County, Va. Includes a copy of his furlough, 1863, signed by J. E. B. Stuart. There are also copies of letters, 1864, and articles concerning the death of his brothers, John Vivian Towles, James B. Towles and his own death.

Born September 6, 1843. He enlisted in Co. A, 4th Cavalry. Was detached as a scout for J. E. B. Stuart, May to June 1863. He was captured August 3, 1863, but escaped from Old Capitol Prison. He was mortally wounded at Louisa Courthouse.


  • 1863-1864

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46 p.

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