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Letter

Label
Letter, 1862 April 16
Title
Letter
Inclusive dates
1862 April 16
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 16 April 1862, from John Randolph Bryan (1806-1887) of Eagle Point, Gloucester County, Virginia, D.C. Randolph of Richmond, Virginia, concerning the fighting between Confederate and Union forces at Yorktown, Virginia. Bryan notes that Union General George B. McClellan (1826-1885) has 100,000 men between Ship's Point in York County, Virginia, and Lee's Mill in Warwick County (now Newport News), Virginia and adds that Union vessels have shelled Confederate positions in York County and the Guinea Woods. Bryan states that he had crossed the York River to go to York County with Randolph Harrison of Elk Hill and a member of the 46th Virginia Infantry and viewed some firing of cannon. He comments on faulty cannon made by the Tredegar Ironworks. Bryan states that several slaves he and others in Gloucester County own have run away and frets over the wheat crop. Bryan wishes that he was with Randolph in Richmond where it is safe and quiet. Bryan's daughter is with him at Eagle Point, but they are about to leave for King William County, Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
John Randolph Bryan was born 23 March 1806 in Savannah, Georgia, to Joseph Bryan (1773-1812) and Delia Forman Bryan (ca. 1788-1825). John Randolph Bryan's education was overseen by John Randolph. He served in the United States Navy from 1823 to 1831, then settled at Eagle Point in Gloucester County, Virginia. He later lived at Carysbrook in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Bryan married Elizabeth Tucker Coalter (1805-1856) 30 January 1830, and they had ten children. Bryan died 13 September 1887.
Cataloging source
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Label
Letter
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Grinnan, Daniel
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000487336
Reproduction note
Photostat (positive).
Type of unit
leaf.

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