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Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1862 November 4

Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1862 November 4
Letter to Lucy Coleman, 1862 November 4
Written from Winchester, Virginia. Letter discusses hospitals and care of wounded, General George Steuart, movement of Longstreet's Corps, and other troop activity in the area.


  • 1862 November 4


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Winchester Nov. 4th, 1862
Dear Lucy-
Your very kind and truly interesting letter bearing the date October - came duly to hand before I left home and I do assure you it was read with the greatest pleasure and should have been answered before now; but I was just on the eve of leaving for W. and then upon arriving here, I had to write Fannie, as I had not written to her since she left Va. Anna returned to W. with me and has been here ever since. I have had my hands full ever since, for upon arriving here I was assigned to the charge of two Hospitals- the N.S. P. Church and Lovett House Hospital containing more than one hundred sick and wounded and a great many very bad cases: but although I have been until the last few days so busily engaged I have only lost five patients out of one hundred and eighty treated, while other Hosp’ts have lost a much greater proportion. Dr. McGuire told me that he lost fourteen patients on night before last at the Union Hosp’t! There are not more than one thousand sick here now. Gen. Longstreet’s corps moved over the Blue Ridge some days since and it is reported that two of his Divisions met Sigel’s Corps at Piedmont Station [M.G.] R.R. and completely routed him; and it is also reported that Jackson’s Corps, which for several days has been encamped about Berryville, was on the move yesterday to cut off his retreat. We have no forces now in front of W. except cavalry and I should not be surprised if the Yankee cavalry made or attempted a raid on this place at any time; although we have six companies of the 1st Md. Regt here doing nothing as usual, except disturbing the quietude of the town and committing depredations upon its citizens. Gen. George Stewart, who is nothing more in my opinion than a Baltimore rowdy is commandant of this post, assuring enough dignity but with far less politeness than an Eastern monarch. Gen. Stuart (JEB) had a fight with the “Yanks” yesterday at Aldie Loudoun Co. and took eight hundred cavalry prisoners. I do not think W. will be evacuated; for they could gain nothing by so doing; and then they cannot spare the requisite force as they need them in front of our army. I heard the other day by a gentleman just from Frederick City that the enemy had fifteen thousand sick and wounded there. I suppose you have seen that it is currently reported and believed at the North that Lord Lyons and Count Mercier, ministers from England and France, are about to arrive with instructions from their governments to propose an armistice of six months for the adjudication of a settlement of difficulties; and in case of a refusal by the North, the recognition of the Southern Confederacy follows. Your Uncle Joe went to Farmville about ten days ago and intends returning as soon as he makes out the quarterly return of the Bank, provided the Yankees do not take possession before he can do so. He took serv’t Amelia with him at her request, as she was decidedly averse to being with Yankees again. We are sending off the sick very fast from here, and I do not know at what time we may be ordered off to another point. Anna and Louise start this week to Orange where they will pay a visit to sister Mary’s from thence they will go to Louisa where they will spend some time, and then Louise will go to Richmond where you know she has a situation in the Treasury Dept. I am making an endeavor to be ordered to Staunton and Dr. Hay is very anxious to have me there. If I am successful, I shall keep house there, and will have Anna with me all the time. Louise had been quite sick, but is well again now. How do you like your situation and how do you like teaching? Write to us often and let us hear from you. I do not known where to direct this letter’ so I shall direct it to Fannie to be forwarded. The girls and Aunt Ann all write with me in sending best love. Excuse haste and believe me as ever
Your most affectionate brother
C. G. Coleman, Jr.
Direct to Bumpass Louisa Co.

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