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George W. Bagby letters

George W. Bagby letters, 1865-1872
George W. Bagby letters
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Letters, 1865-1872, to George W. Bagby, Tappahannock, Virginia, from family, friends, and business associates. Include a letter, June 1865, from his nephew, Lewis R. Boswell, prisoner at Fort Delaware, regarding his ill health, diet, and asking for help in obtaining his release and that of Jarold D. Taylor. Topics of other letters include health, the estate of Nancy Radford, family, death of a family member in the war, and insurance
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George William Bagby was born 13 August 1828 in Buckingham County, Virginia. He attended the Edgehill School in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Hurlbut School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before entering Delaware in 1843. Bagby matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1846 and received his m.d. from that school in 1849. However, instead of becoming a practicing physician, Bagby became an editor. Moving to Lynchburg, Virginia, he published the LYNCHBURG EXPRESS for three years. When the paper folded, Bagby moved to Washington D.C., where he served as correspondent for several southern newspapers. He also wrote several humorous essays and columns. In 1860, he became editor of the SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER and associate editor of the Richmond WHIG in Richmond, Virginia. Faced with a shortage of supplies and subscribers, Bagby resigned as editor of the SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER just before it folded in 1864. After the war, Bagby supported himself and his family by writing essays and lecturing. From 1867 to 1870, he edited the NATIVE VIRGINIAN, but it also folded. Bagby served as assistant to the secretary of the commonwealth from 1870 to 1878. Losing his job as a result of politics, Bagby returned to writing and lecturing. He married Lucy Parke Chamberlayne (1842-1927) of Richmond 16 February 1863, and they had 10 children. Bagby died 29 November 1883 in Richmond and was buried in Shockoe Cemetery.
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George W. Bagby letters
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