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!UNKNOWN LABEL

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1862 Feb. 15
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1862 Feb. 15
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Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 15 Feb. 1862, from Sergeant William E. Isbell (b. 1837) to his sister Georgeanna (b. ca. 1833), called "Anna." Writing from Camp Johnson in Highland, Virginia, while serving with the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company A, Isbell describes in detail his experiences leading a group of ten soldiers through the neighborhood locating and destroying stores of liquor. Isbell also relates a humorous anecdote about a fellow soldier stealing what he thought was a bar of soap, and jokes about his prospects of bringing home a "fat Dutch wife" from among the local women
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William E. Isbell was born on 27 July 1837 in Appomattox County, Virginia, the third of what would grow to be a family of eight children of Robert and Angelina Isbell. His older sister Georgeanna, or Anna, was born about 1833. After working as an overseer, William enlisted as a private with the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company A, on 1 May 1861. He was promoted to sergeant on 28 December 1861, then transferred to the 20th Virginia Heavy Artillery Battalion, Company A, on 27 March 1862. He was named a second sergeant of the 20th Battalion on 14 April 1862. Isbell's whereabouts after the war are uncertain, but he was alive as late as 1910, working as a ferryman in Appomattox County.
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Letter
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!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
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4
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Historical Collectible Auctions
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001544426
Type of unit
p.

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