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Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 February 22

Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 February 22
Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 February 22
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards poor weather, the inaguration of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, French studies, and family matters.


  • 1862 February 22


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Virginia Military Inst
Feb 22nd 1862

My Dear Sister,
Colonel Tate has decreed that I shan’t go to Lexington, today, for tis raining hard, and I am forced to stay close to barracks. My roommate and myself had intended to pay “our respects” to two young “Misses” but have thus been foiled. Today above all others ought to have been bright and clear, as it tis the day on which our glorious President is to be inaugurated. All honour to him; and to our glorious young Confederacy! Which he pledges his sacred honour to maintain. Though this 22nd is dark and gloomy; may that 22nd yet dawn which shall behold our unsullied banner floating in triumph over our Southern homes faned by the gentle zephyrs of Heaven. I am glad to hear you are in such a high class. I am in the 3rd Class (alias) Sophmores. I have just commenced studying French, also. I don’t think it tis at all hard, on the other hand it is very easy. I would rather read some some good novel, than bother my head about “Je poole”. Since the great disaster to our arms at Roanoke Island, and Fort Donalson, the Cadets have all tendered the services to Gov. Letcher. I don’t suppose he will except us. We have not heard from him yet. I wish he would accept us. I think every one ought to be in the field. I had no idea your school is as large, as you say. We have three hundred here. Tell Miss Georgiana (is that her name?) that Mr. Selden is here and a very pleasant young man. Give my best love to Miss Georgia, complement her highly on her beautiful hand writing. My room mates all agreed with me that she wrote a beautiful hand - would that I could write one half as good. Tell me her name in your next. I am bound to come down to see her, and close her from all your blushing roses, as the sweetest, the loveliest, the best. We are going to have a grand dinner today, seventy-five turkeys to celebrate the 22nd. We would have fired thirteen cannons this morning - but it was to wet. Dandridge is not here. All are well at home when I last heard, they write you oftener than they do me. Bose wrote me he was not going to enlist again, for some time. You asked me to come up and see you Easter I wish I could. I will not see you for two years. I will not be allowed to go home next summer at all, unless I withdraw altogether. Were I to stay here it would take me to years to graduate, which is a long long time. I never cantemplate any thing of the kind now. Times are so very uncertain, we realize now more than ever the quotation “No man can tell what a day may bring forth”. Well Kate I must close, write me very soon. Love to Nannie and Misses -
and believe me your aff brother
(signed) John B. Snodgrass

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Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450