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Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 May 18

Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 May 18
Letter to Katherine Snodgrass-Boyd, 1862 May 18
Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards war activities in Staunton, Virginia, the march back to VMI, and general news about the war.


  • 1862 May 18


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Virginia Military Institute
May 18th 1862

Dear Kate
We returned to the V.M.I. yesterday after one of the most toilsome marches of 10 days ever endured by an army. After we left Staunton our hardships began. We marched every day without even a days rest for ten or twelve days always averaging 18 miles and often 20 and 25. One day the day of the battle at McDowell we marched forty miles - marching from early in the morning until 2 or 3 in the night. We drove the enemy before us all the time. Genl Jacksons men were in the rear of the army so we did not get in the fight - the battle was fought by Genl Johnsons Army. I saw Bose very often. He endured the march very well. The Corps of Cadets were nearly all broken down - all were lame with sore feet. I could scarcely walk at times my feet hurt me so much. Numbers of us threw our shoes away and walked barefoot, over some of the loftiest mountains in western Virginia I ever saw. For days we saw nothing but mountains, and often it rained hard - some nights I would lie down and in the morning I would get p with my clothes very wet. The Volunteers all say that march through Western Virginia was the hardest they have endured since the war. After we returned to Staunton we were dismissed. Genl Jackson has gone down the valley, hope he will drive the Yankees across the Potomac. I am anxiously awaiting the result of the great battle near Richmond. If we defeat the Yankees, those in the valley will leave quicker than they came over - if we are defeated, the Yankees will take possession of all this part of Virginia. Then if you remain at your school you can get home - you will then be within the Yankee lines. I saw all the boys - when I was gone - Jack is now Lieutenant in Nadenboushes company. He and Dick [D] are the only ones out of their mess who enlisted again in the company. I would like very much to get down to see you - I wanted to come down whilst I was in Staunton but could not get off. I heard Bose had gone to see you. If he had not I would have come any way. Well Kate I must close. I am both tired and sleepy. Excuse hasty and I have a miserable old pen – Love to Nannie. Goodbye
Your aff. Brother
(signed) John B. Snodgrass

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