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Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 8

Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 8
Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 8
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards family matters and news of the Federals being in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


  • 1862 March 8


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Virginia Military Institute
March 8th 1862

My Dear Sister.
I rec’d a long letter this morning from Ma. She said the Federals had been in Martinsburg. They were not there when she wrote, but were daily expected over. We having no troops in town. The mail does not go to Martinsburg from Winchester. I don’t know whether she will get my letter or not – very probably she will not. She said you and myself must not give ourselves any uneasiness about them all, at home. Ma says – she will get Aunt Liz to stay with her – and try and take care of themselves. Every one confidently expects the Hessians over. When they came before, it was in the night. The citizens had the Court house bell rang. George Murphy and Mr. Hopkins went in a hurry to Darksville. Mr. Young came out to Uncle Williams and stayed that night. Ma seems to have given up all hope of hearing from us soon. Since the mail does not go to Martinsburg. She told me to direct to Winchester to be forwarded to Martinsburg. So you better do the same. Ma says she has heard the scarlet fever is at the University. She is very uneasy about you. You must write to me if you are sick, as Ma told me to go down and see you if you were sick. So write me immediately if you should be sick, which I hope you will not, notwithstanding I want to see you very much and a certain Miss -- at the Institute. I suppose you have not heard of the death of Mr. Dabney Harrison, he was killed in the battle at Fort Donalson. He has fallen in a glorious cause, his friends should not weep. When the Federals came to Martinsburg, Aunt Susan’s Polly came over with them. Two men in town arrested her, and sent word to Mr. H. who went to town, and got her, and took her in a great hurry to Winchester, where she is now in prison. I hope her capture will deter ours from running off. No doubt it was an agreeable surprise to Aunt Susan. Mr. H expects to be used roughly by the Federals for taking her out of town. He wrote me if the Yankees used him badly, he would join the army and be revenged. Well Kate I must close. Give my love to Nannie and all other friends. Write me very often, as I am always glad to hear from you.
Goodbye yours aff.
Brother (signed) John B. Snodgrass

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