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Civil War Letters Were Written To Loved Ones

Picturing The Past  


October 21, 2019

James Adolphus Bagwell was buried at Chicago City Cemetery. After the war, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Confederate Mound (mass grave) at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. (Courtesy photo)

The Local History Collection at the Transylvania County Library includes several letters written during the Civil War that express the struggles and fears of people trying to make a living and raise a family in troubled times.

On the day before the newly created Transylvania County was to hold its first official meeting and elect county leaders, Amanda Lankford wrote to her brother, "This week is to be court and it is raining now. I think they will hold court at the camp ground. It is said there is to be a flag hoisted and a cannon fired on Tuesday next and a speech by Jordan to make up a c...

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