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Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 29

Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 29
Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 March 29
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards the desire for the cadets to fight in the war and family matters.


  • 1862 March 29


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Virginia Military Ins.
March 29th 1862

My Dear Sister
I rec’d letter from Bose this morning. He was not in the bloody engagement near Winchester. He was not well enough to return to his company, is going back next week. He wrote me that none of his company were killed but heard that Arch Oden and Jack Harrison were missing. I hope this may not be so. It was only rumored. He does not know whether it is so or not. Ma, I expect is distressed to death about Bose thinking he was in the engagement and knows not but what he may have been killed. If Arch and Jack have been taken prisoner she may perhaps here better - hope she may I have heard today that Genl. Jackson (Stonewall Jackson) has been largely reinforced. Hope it may be true, and that he will be able to drive off the Invaders from the soil of Virginia. If it is true that Genl. J (Stonewall Jackson) has been reinforced no doubt we will soon be able to hear from home, Bose seems to enjoy himself very much in Staunton he has become acquainted with several of the Cadets who have left the Institute and gone down to Staunton but who are now unable to get home. The Cadets are resigning very fast – but new ones come in today – every day – all think they ought to be in the army – any so do I think so – but we can’t get off – if we should try. So we will have to remain – and as Genl J (Stonewall Jackson) much says – be soldiers in the next army – after the present one has been killed off. Have the students left the University? We have heard so. Well Kate I must close. Write me soon. I have no news to but you. Goodbye – love to Nannie
Your affectionate brother
(signed) John B. Snodgrass

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