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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 2016.020.00005
Date October 14, 1864
Scope & Content Letter written to "My Dear Brother" [Francis Rushmore Whitaker] by Ed [Edward] Whitaker, from 3 miles south and southwest of Petersburg on October 14, 1864

General letter about trying to re-establish a relationship even through they disagreed years previously. States he recently enlisted (September 13, 1864), and arrived near Petersburg on October 4. States he is in Company F, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Corps (no regiment listed -- but it was the 210th Pennsylvania Volunteers).

Some figures/mathematics are written in the blank spaces.
Creator Whitaker, Ed
Archival History Francis R. Whitaker served in 27th Virginia Infantry, Co. E. A printer prior to the war, he enlisted at Lewisburg on 5/9/1861 as a private, but was ultimately promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He is believed to have been from New York, but for unknown reasons chose to enlist with the Confederate Army. He was wounded in the neck at Payne's Farm on 11/27/1863. He was captured at Strasburg 9/23/1864; held at Fort Delaware, where he refused to take the oath of allegiance. He was released on 6/17/1865.
People Whitaker, Francis Rushmore (Rush)
Whitaker, Edward
Search Terms divided families
United States Army
Fort Delaware
Subjects Arguments
Relations, Interpersonal
prisoners of war