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Richard C. Taylor letter

Identifier: MS-0159
One letter from Cadet Richard C. Taylor to his father, dated January 15, 1854. He describes in detail the circumstances surrounding the murder of his classmate Cadet Thomas Blackburn by Charles B. Christian, a Washington College law student.


  • 1854


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Biographical / Historical

Richard C. Taylor, b. 1835 Norfolk, VA; Class of 1854; Major, Artillery, CSA; railroad official and teacher; died 1917, Norfolk, VA.

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Related Materials

This book, published in 2013, is an account of Thomas Blackburn's murder and subsequent events. Murder in Lexington : VMI, honor and justice in antebellum Virginia by Daniel Morrow.


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Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450