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Davis family papers

Davis family papers, 1835-1863
Davis family papers
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  • Papers, 1835-1863, of the Davis family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including correspondence, poetry, and clippings. There are two letters, dated 1835 and 1840, written to Sarah (Gordon) Davis (1812-1857) from her sister Tacy (Gordon) Holt Kenderdine (1807-1885) in Clark County, Illinois, discussing her family's health, building a home on newly-purchased land, and making inquiries about family and friends in Philadelphia
  • The majority of the collection, however, consists of letters written by Robert G. Davis (1838-1880), to his parents and siblings, while he was serving with the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, Virginia, and in Maryland. Topics include weather, health, guard and picket duty, marches, war news, building huts and stables, clothing, types of weaponry, enemy skirmishes, destroying property, overtaking Union positions, Confederate deserters, interactions with local citizens and slaves, his opinion of his captain and Gen. Irvin McDowell (1818-1885), the aftermath of fighting at Bull Run and his participation in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, amputations, and his recovery at a military hospital in Frederick, Maryland from wounds received at Antietam
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James D. Davis (1812-1879) and his wife Sarah Gordon Davis (1812-1857) were residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was employed as a blacksmith. They are both buried in Old Pennepack Baptist Church Cemetery in Philadelphia. Their son, Robert G. Davis, was born on 8 January 1838. On 6 July 1861, he enlisted and was mustered into the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded in the leg at Antietam, and was discharged due to disability on 14 February 1863. Robert G. Davis died on 18 July 1880, and is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.
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Davis family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
Litchfield, Dr. David L. and Gwynne R.
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