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Charles E. Lightfoot Civil War letter

Identifier: MS-0448
The collection consists of a one page Civil War letter, dated 1865 March 17, from Headquarters, Artillery Defenses, Richmond, Virginia. The letter was written by Confederate officer Lt. Col. Charles E. Lightfoot to Colonel Benjamin S. Ewell, brother and staff officer to General Richard S. Ewell. Lightfoot asks for a clarification of command responsibility for Richmond's artillery defenses, stating that the present command situation places him in conflict with Lt. Col. Carter M. Braxton. General Ewell's reply, via Col. Ewell, is on the reverse.


  • 1865 March 17


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Biographical / Historical

Charles E. Lightfoot (b. 1834 d.1878) graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1854. During the Civil War, he served in the 6th and 22nd North Carolina Infantry Regiments, and in the Richmond, Virginia artillery defense forces. Both before and after the war he was a teacher. He died at Culpeper, Virginia in 1878.

Physical Location

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Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450