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John H. Ervine Civil War letter

Identifier: MS-0331
One letter (dated June 18, 1861) from Confederate soldier John Hamilton Ervine of Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, to his wife Ellen J. Ervine. Ervine was 2nd Sergeant, 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.


  • 1861 June 18


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John Hamilton Ervine, born in Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia on January 28, 1831. Ervine was a farmer before enlisting as a 2nd Sergeant in Company I, 1st Virginia Cavalry on May 22, 1861. He was hired substitute and discharged in October 1862 and then enlisted in Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry on October 23, 1864. Ervine was wounded in action and imprisoned at Ft. Monroe, Virginia in March 1865 and was released May 31, 1865. After the war he was farmer in Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Ervine died near Brownsburg on January 31, 1917.

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