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!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1861 Aug. 28
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1861 Aug. 28
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Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 28 August 1861, from Colonel James Francis Preston (1813-1862) commanding the 4th Virginia Infantry to Charles, commenting on camp life, false claims of a skirmish near Fairfax Court House, Virginia, and news of a skirmish in which Confederates drove Union troops off high grounds overlooking Alexandria, Virginia. Preston discusses his finances and a note that is owed him. He asks for help in finding a slave to replace a house servant who recently died, adding that one is a necessity for his wife. Preston adds other social news, including stating that his regimental chaplain had been very ill, but is now recovered
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James Francis Preston was born 8 November 1813 at "Smithfield" in Montgomery County, Virginia, to James Patton Preston (1774-1843) and Ann Barraud Taylor Preston (1778-1861). He attended Washington College from 1831 to 1832, then the United States Military Acadamy in 1833, but did not graduate from the latter institution. Preston studied law, was admitted to the bar, and became commonwealth's attorney for Montgomery County. When the Mexican War began, Preston raised a company of grenadiers and served as captain in the 1st Regiment of Virginia Volunteers. Returning to Montgomery County, Preston farmed at his plantation "White Thorn." He represented Montgomery County in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1852. When the Civil War began, Preston was appointed colonel of the 4th Virginia Infantry. Wounded at the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run), Preston died of disease possibly caused by his wound 20 January 1862 at "White Thorn" in Montgomery County. He married Sarah Ann Caperton (1826-1908) 18 January 1855, and they had three children.
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Letter
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  • The Library of Virginia
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4
Immediate source of acquisition
Historical Collectible Auctions
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001528011
Type of unit
p.

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