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Thomas J. Hines letters

Thomas J. Hines letters, 1861-1865
Thomas J. Hines letters
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Letters, 1861-1865, from Thomas J. Hines (1826-1912) of the 38th Virginia Infantry, Company D, mostly to his wife, Nancy Breedlove Hines, on topics including the First Battle of Bull Run; marching in retreat from Manassas, March 1862; engaging in battle at Yorktown and Williamsburg, April and May 1862; advice for managing the family farm and slaves; troop movements, camp life, and the lack of proper nourishment; the Second Battle of Bull Run; and the depressed spirits of the Confederate Army as it becomes clear that they cannot win the war. Also included are a letter, May 1862, to Hines from his wife; his honorable discharge, September 1862; his pass after being paroled at Appomattox Court House, April 1865; a photograph of Hines in uniform, a photograph of his grave; an obituary he wrote for his brother, Henry; clippings; and miscellaneous information about Hines. Note: There are no letters from 1863, as Hines was home for the entire year. There are transcripts of most of the letters; several of the transcripts are not complete
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Thomas Jefferson Hines, Jr., was born on 3 July 1826 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Jefferson Hines and Nancy Wells. He married Nancy I. Breedlove on 29 January 1856. Hines enlisted with the Confederate Army in 1861, serving with the 38th Virginia Infantry, Company D. He was honorably discharged in September 1862 by virtue of being 35 years of age. He re-enlisted (again with the 38th Infantry, Company D), in October 1864, and served until the surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. Hines died in Pittsylvania County on 27 January 1912.
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Thomas J. Hines letters
  • The Library of Virginia
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Kingery, Robert E.
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