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    John C. Breckinridge: Bound Volume of War Letters. Beautiful bound volume of "War Letters 1862-1865 to General John Cabell Breckinridge." The red leather book contains approximately ninety [90] tipped-in letters and documents assembled by Major J. Stoddard Johnson, Assistant Adjutant General Department of West Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Most of the letters were either written to Stoddard or to General Breckinridge, although we see one sent to Jefferson Davis. The contents are in generally good condition, though some examples are hard to read with fading or ink stains. Given the scope of the collection, we are unable to make an itemized list, but picture some of the more interesting, representative examples. We find no letters from the more famous, well-known commanders. Regarding Breckinridge himself, we found a lengthy letter from him (unsigned) authorizing the raising of troops in Kentucky. The variety of letters in the collection is extensive, covering such subjects as military orders, the attacks of Bush Whackers, requests for leave of absence, authorization to raise troops, the use of Union deserters as menial labor, the disruption of local court proceedings by the noise generated by prisoners-of-war, a request to commandeer six Negroes for use in a local butcher house during the season, references to Vicksburg and Atlanta, a warning about a potential woman spy in Kentucky, a letter from a woman whose husband (a former Union soldier discharged for disability) had been captured by Southern troops, a complaint about a man who is harboring deserters, etc. Please review the posted images carefully, as they impart an overall flavor to the archive. The letters and documents are all war-related with fascinating subject matter.

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    December, 2015
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