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Letters, 1855-1862, to and from Christopher Valentine Winfree (1826-1902) of Lynchburg, Virginia, consisting of: a letter, 14 December 1855 to Winfree in St. Louis, Missouri, from his father Christopher Winfree (1785-1858) of Lynchburg concerning family news, the younger Winfree's job prospects with the railroad in Missouri, the tobacco business, and religion; a letter, 25 November 1856, from James C. Turner, chief engineer of the Western North Carolina Railroad, Salisbury, North Carolina, to Winfree offering him the position of engineer with the railroad for a salary of $1200 a year; a letter, 1 August 1857, from Duncan Kelly of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, to Winfree in Lynchburg concerning Kelly's efforts to locate Winfree's chest lost by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad or the Adams Express Company, agricultural and social conditions in Lauderdale County, and recommending that Winfree marry; and a letter, 8 May 1862, from Winfree to his sister Jane M. Brown (b. 1821) of Powhatan County, Virginia, providing news of family and friends, informing her of the battle of Williamsburg, sending information of family and friends fighting in the 11th Virginia Infantry, and expressing relief that his factory in Lynchburg will not be used as a hospital
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Christopher Valentine Winfree was born 14 November 1826 in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Christopher Winfree (1785-1858) and Cornelia Meyer Tilden. Winfree grew up just outside of Lynchburg in Campbell County, Virginia. He attended the Virginia Military Academy, graduating in 1848. A civil engineer, he worked for the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, then worked on railroads in Mississippi, before returning to Lynchburg in 1858. Winfree then became involved in tobacco manufacturing. When the Civil War began, he was a lieutenant in the Lynchburg Rifles, which became Company E, 11th Virginia Infantry. He served in the Confederate army in 1861, rising to the rank of captain. In 1862, he returned to Lynchburg as a major in the Virginia service and commanded the home guard around Lynchburg. In 1863, he entered the engineering corps of the army and served until the end of the war. After the war, he returned to his tobacco manufacturing interests. He also served as a director of the People's National Bank, of the Lynchburg Cotton Mill, and of the Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry Company. Winfree married first Virginia A. Brown (d. 1884) 14 November 1860, and they had 6 children. He married second Sarah C. Doniphan (b. ca. 1851) 13 October 1886, and they had no children. Winfree died 18 June 1902 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
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