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February 24, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Archives worker helps families trace history

This article originally appeared on on February 23, 2011 and was written by Alvin Benn.

He was a private in the Confed­erate Army and dog tired aft­er a long march from Rich­mond to Williamsburg. After slumping to the ground and taking off his pack, he took out a piece of paper and a pencil and be­gan to write a long letter to a friend named Billy back home in Alaba­ma. It was a poignant three-page ac­count about life in the army from a tired young man in June of 1861 — just a few months after the start of the Civil War. [link to full article]

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