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Freeman’s Ford, Virginia

By mid-August 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee knew that Union General George B. McClellan was redeploying his army from the Peninsula to unite with General Pope’s Army of Virginia on the Rapidan River.  Lee sent General James Longstreet and his Corps … Continue reading

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“I shall endeavor to do my duty”

Frustration is clearly evident in this letter from Robert Patterson to Colonel J. F. Harrison in Dayton, Ohio.  The letter, sent August 7, 1862, is primarily about Union Army politics, the need for good leadership in the 61st OVI, and … Continue reading

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Robert Still at Sperryville

On August 2, 1862, the 61st OVI, which is part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division of the I Corps, is still located at Sperryville, Virginia.  In his letter, Robert tells his father that they are waiting at Sperryville for … Continue reading

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