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Smith, David V. M. (1823-1863) to Elizabeth Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04189.01 Author/Creator: Smith, David V. M. (1823-1863) Place Written: Ellicott's Mills, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1862/9/13 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope.

Summary of Content: He has been sick since he joined the Army and now believes that his illness is due to bad food which "the devil can not eat." He describes how the regiment left New Jersey and traveled via railroad to Maryland. His regiment captured three of Stonewall Jackson's men, whom several Union cavalry men tried to kill while they were under guard.

People: Smith, David V.M
Smith, Elizabeth
Smith, Charles
Smith, John M

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterHealth and MedicalDiet and nutritionMilitary ProvisionsTravelRailroadPrisoner of WarConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaAtrocity

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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