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Letter from George Koontz to his cousin

Identifier: MS-0102-Item 185
Letter written by George Koontz of the Danville Artillery (Rice's Artillery Battery) at the Battle of Chancellorsville to his cousin. Includes information about the wounding and death of Stonewall Jackson.


  • 1863 May 10


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Biographical / Historical

George William Koontz was born on February 12, 1839, at Edinburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia. At age 15, Koontz left home to work in a mercantile business in Highland County, where he remained until the beginning of the Civil War. He enlisted in June 1861 in the Eighth Star New Market Artillery; he was reassigned to the Danville Artillery in September 1862. Koontz served with that unit until he was paroled at Appomattox in April 1865, having reached the rank of Captain by war's end. After the war, he soon returned to Shenandoah County, where he was a farmer, miller, and county treasurer. In 1871 he married Mary C. "Mollie" Newman, also of Shenandoah County. Koontz died in Philadelphia, PA on March 16, 1925; he is buried in Massanutten Cemetery, Woodstock, Virginia.

Physical Location

This item is physically located in the Stonewall Jackson Papers (MS 0102)

Repository Details

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