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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 2016.020.00001
Date April 7, 1865
Scope & Content Open letter to the Officers of Confederate States of America from the North Carolina and Florida 21 Division; written on April 7th, 1865 in the Private Soldiers Barracks.

Contains an admonishment to the Officers of the C.S.A. and reprimandingly them in their defeatist attitude and behavior.

Appears to have been hand-copied by Lieutenant Francis Whitaker.
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)