Black bound poetry journal kept by Mary Elizabeth Latane Waring Poulson, referred to as Bettie throughout the book. Contents are autographs, sketches, and poetic verses from friends and her future husband, Thomas, H.G. Poulson from Accomack County, Virginia, who served in the 46th Regiment of the Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army. Bettie and Thomas married in 1865 but their marriage was short lived as she died later that same year. Thomas continues writing romantic and loving verses in the book dedicated to her. He never remarried and ultimately ended up at the Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldier's Home for the poor where he died.
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Mary Elizabeth Latane Waring Poulson Poetry Book, 1854- 1866, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. https://scrcguides.libraries.wm.edu/repositories/2/resources/7523 Accessed January 28, 2021.