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    James Barbour Terrill Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages on light blue paper, 7.75" x 9.75", Warm Springs, [Virginia], June 5, 1859, to his brother "George", regarding his father's impending marriage. The letter reads, in part: "I received a letter from you several months since & would have answered it before this, but left home immediately after its reception & have been away & have been at home only for a few days since, & I can tell you before I commence you need not expect any peat shakers in the way of a letter at the present time, I am in no humor for talking 'ergo' as you will know I am in a less humor for letter writing. I have recently arrived at the very sage conclusion that all the people in Bath County that are not natural idiots, have turned to be the biggest kind of fools. I think Father has certainly taken leave of his senses. I have not once intimated to him my opinion in regard to his youthful marriage, it fills me with a profound disgust when I think of it. I suppose your opinion accords with my own. I am now endeavoring to make arrangements to take charge of the Valley News until I complete my legal studies. If I receive a sufficient salary I will take charge of the Editorial department at once... Give my love to Sarah & the children". He signs "J Barbour Terrill."

    Together with a letter from Terrill's father, William H. Terrill; one page on light blue paper, 8" x 7.75", Warm Springs, [Virginia], April 21, 1858, to James B. Terrill in shortly before the recipient's graduation from VMI. The letter reads, in part: "It almost breaks my heart to have to communicate to you the distressing intelligence of the death of your Dear Mother...she was ill only about thirty six hours and none of us thought her in very great dainger [sic] until about eight or ten hours before her death...Her funeral will take place on Saturday next. You must come over if you can get a horse to ride..."

    Both letters have folding creases and some very light stains, good condition. James Barbour Terrill left his law practice at the onset of the Civil War and gave exemplary service to the Army of Northern Virginia. He was killed as colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry at Bethesda Church, Virginia on May 30, 1864, only to be commissioned a brigadier the following day. His brother, William, remained true to the Union and was killed at Perryville while serving in a brigadier's capacity. The brothers' father, William, erected a monument to his fallen - and opposing - sons, which reads "God Alone Knows Which Was Right."

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