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Tributes to Breathed

Identifier: SC 01538

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Scope and Contents

Card from the Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia with well wishes for Major James Breathed, wounded and incapacitated for active duty in the Civil War. Robert E. Lee commended him for "valuable services" and good conduct. Other generals such as Wade Hampton, Fitzhugh Lee, J. E. B. Stuart, W. C. Wickham, Thos. L. Rosser, and T. T. Munford commend Breathed for his gallantry and bravery. Robert E. Lee also wrote "with an army of Breatheds I could have conquered the world."


  • 1864 July 7

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Biographical / Historical

Major James Breathed was born near Berkeley Spring, WV. in 1838. He graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School and served as a lieutenant in the 1st Virginia Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart, and later as a major in Stuart's Horse Artillery. After the war ended he returned to Maryland to live with his sister and practice medicine. Breathed died in 1870 and is buried in St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the Hart Collection.

Guide to the Tributes to Breathed
Olivia Weiss, SCRC Apprentice
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository