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1862-1863
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1862-1863
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eng
Summary
Letters, 1862-1863, to Major William McLaughlin (1828-1898) of Lexington, Virginia, consisting of a letter, 20 December 1862, from R. M. Catlett in Staunton, Virginia, concerning his efforts to get a furlough extension from General John Echols (1823-1896) and General J. R. Jones (1827-1901), his efforts to get cloth for a uniform for McLaughlin, and the battle of Fredericksburg; a letter, 13 February 1863, from J. W. Barclay of Lexington to McLaughlin discussing McLaughlin's political ambition to be elected to the state senate, efforts to get military supplies, material for McLaughlin's uniform, and local news; a letter, 27 February 1863, from William Dold (1825-1881) of Lexington to McLaughlin containing political news and military news, information on William "Extra Billy" Smith's (1797-1887) political chances, and a discussion of the war and its political ramifications north and south; a letter, 5 April 1863, from John D. Moore to McLaughlin discussing conditions in the army including the difficulty of getting supplies; and letter, 7 April 1863, from C. J. Harris (1828-1896) of Lexington to McLaughlin discussing Harris's interest in the professorship of Latin at the University of Virginia, and McLaughlin's possible campaign for the state senate
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William McLaughlin was born 6 January 1828 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Edward Irving McLaughlin (d. 1858) and Betsy Nesbit McLaughlin (1792-1869). He apprenticed as a surveyor with his father, but became interested in the law. McLaughlin graduated from Washington College in 1850, then studied law under Judge John White Brockenbrough (1806-1877). McLaughlin was admitted to the bar in 1851, but continued his studies for two years before commencing his practice in Lexington, Virginia, in 1853. When the Civil War began, McLaughlin enlisted in the Rockbridge Artillery and served through out the war, rising to the rank of major. After the war ended, McLaughlin returned to Lexington where he was appointed to the board of trustees for Washington College. McLaughlin suggested that the school hire Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) to be its president and after Lee's death, pushed for the school to be renamed Washington and Lee University. He represented Rockbridge County in the constitutional convention of 1867-1868 and in the House of Delegates in 1869. McLaughlin was appointed judge for the 13th judicial circuit in 1870. He married first Sallie Mayse (d. 1882) 30 November 1875, and married second Fannie M. Coffman. McLaughlin died in Lexington 18 August 1898.
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Vi
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Letters
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  • The Library of Virginia
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12
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Ginsburg, Louis
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000491093
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pages.

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