John H. Ervine Civil War letter
Letter (June 18, 1861) from Confederate soldier John Hamilton Ervine of Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, to his wife. Ervine was 2nd Sgt., Company I, 1st Virginia Cavalry. Written from camp in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Primary topics are troop movements, value of horses, camp life, helpfulness of civilians in providing food and water, and family news. Ervine later served with the 4th Virginia Infantry, was wounded, and taken prisoner. After the war he was a farmer in Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia.
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John Hamilton Ervine, born Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, January 28, 1831; farmer; enlisted (2nd Sergeant) Company I, 1st Virginia Cavalry (May 22, 1861); hired substitute and discharged October 1862; Enlisted Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry, October 23, 1864; wounded in action; imprisoned Ft. Monroe March 1865; released May 31, 1865. After war was farmer in Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Died near Brownsburg, January 31, 1917.
- Confederate States of America -- Army -- Virginia Cavalry Regiment, 1st
- Soldiers -- Virginia -- Correspondence
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
- Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865