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Philip Henry Powers letter

Philip Henry Powers letter, 1862 Apr. 2
Philip Henry Powers letter
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1862 Apr. 2
Letter, 2 April 1862 from Major Philip Henry Powers (1828-1887) of the staff of General J.E.B. Stuart (1833-1864) in Culpeper County, Virginia, to his wife Roberta Mackey Smith Powers (1831-1918) in Charlottesville, Virginia, detailing his trip to join General Jeb Stuart's (1833-1864) staff in Culpeper County, Virginia; providing news of Clarke County, Virginia, and their home there, including the Union occupation of the area and supplies available to families; mentioning that slaves in Clarke County have run off, but adding that her father's slaves remain; remarking on Stonewall Jackson's (1824-1863) campaign in the Shenandoah Valley; recommending that his wife go to Staunton, Virginia, before Jackson's army arrives there; and adding other personal news
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Philip Henry Powers was born 10 April 1828 to William Powers and Alice Saunders Powers. He arrived in Clarke County, Virginia, from King and Queen County, Virginia, to teach and serve as a tutor. When the Civil War began he enlisted as a private in Company D, 1st Virginia Cavalry. He later was appointed sergeant-major of the 1st Virginia. Powers was appointed a major and quartermaster to Jeb Stuart's cavalry 6 March 1862, but resigned 5 June 1862 complaining of ill health. Powers returned to Clarke County where he taught and farmed. He married Roberta Mackey Smith (1831-1918) 28 December 1852, and they had nine children. Powers died 18 September 1887 in Clarke County and was buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville, Virginia.
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