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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 1924.002.00009
Date April 2, 1862
Scope & Content Letter from Brigadier General Martin Witherspoon Gary to Louella P. Gary, April 2, 1862

Physical Appearance: April 2, 1862 - Letter from then Captain Mart[in Witherspoon Gary] at Camp near Yorktown, V[irgini]a, to his sister Lou[ella P. Gary] - Tells her of the forced march from Ashland to Yorktown. States a fight is expected any day. Compares Yorktown to the "country about Charleston [South Carolina]." Does not like his unit's position - thinks the enemy can land forces to the rear. Mentions sending home clothes that he does not need. Is glad to hear that her studies are going well and urges her to continue to do so. Notes that the weather is rainy and his men do not have tents or cover. Does not know when he will be home, "probably never for the conscription bill forces everyone in. . . " States that if he dies in the coming fight he will die content because he will have died for the "glorious cause" that he advocated in peace. Signed "Mart." 3 pp.
Archival History The letter from Brig. Gen. Gary to his younger sister, Louella, was formerly located in the MC 3 SC-9 files. According to the donor, Louella Gary was 12 years old at the time of this letter.
People Gary, Louella P.
Gary, Martin Witherspoon
Subjects Military camps
Military leadership
Military life
Military maneuvers
Military mobilizations
Military occupations
Military officers
Military personnel
Military stations
Military uniforms
Militia movements