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    [Civil War]. Confederates' Autograph and Souvenir Albums given by two Confederate brothers from Mansfield, Texas, to their sister as the Civil War erupted. Jerome Butterworth, a corporal in Company F of the Louisiana 9th Infantry, wrote in the front of the "Souvenir Album": "To Miss M[aggie]. C. Butterworth / Presented by her Brother J. R. B. / April 19th A.D. 1861." His brother James, a private who served in the same company, wrote in the front of the "Album of Memory", "Presented to Miss Maggie Butterworth by her brother James H. Butterworth. March 16th 1861." Both albums include handwritten entries (poems, dedications, etc.) written and signed by Confederate chaplains, soldiers, and surgeons, as well as from friends and other family members, all dating between early 1861 and 1876. Most entries appear to have been dated during the Civil War.

    In one entry dated June 14, 1861, Jerome eloquently tells his sister that he was joining the Confederate Army: "Into the battlefield I am going. There to defend our glorious rights. . . . But should I fall in defence of our liberty, our country, Lament not for me; but remember my Sister, 'Tis glorious for one's country to die." That was likely the last that his sister heard from him; within two months the young Confederate soldier was dead. According to an included letter written and signed by Confederate Doctor T. J. Gordon, dated August 7, 1861, Jerome died in Virginia from measles. In this touching two-paged letter, Dr. Gordon notifies the family back home in Texas. The red-leather binding is worn on both albums. Some spine damage to the "Album of Memory."

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