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Papers, 1862, of Major General William Wing Loring (1818-1886), commander of the First Division, Department of Norfolk until the evacuation of Nofolk and of the Department of Southwest Virginia. Includes Loring's letterbook while serving in those departments during 1862 and containing correspondence and orders to other military officers. Also includes loose letters concerning orders, deserters, and Loring's campaign in the Kanawha River Valley in western (now West) Virginia
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William Wing Loring was born 4 December 1818 in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Rueben Loring and Hannah Kenan Loring. In 1823, the family moved to Florida. Loring volunteered for the Florida militia at age fourteen and fought in the Seminole War. In 1837 he attended the Alexandria Boarding School in Virginia, then attended Georgetown College (now University) from 1839 to 1840. Loring returned to Florida, read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845. During the Mexican War, he served as a major in the Mount Rifles, and lost his arm in combat. After the Mexican War ended, Loring held military commands in Oregon, Texas, and New Mexico. When the Civil War began, Loring resigned from the U.S. army and offered his services to the Confederate States of America. He served as a brigadier-general in western (now West) Virginia, then under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley. Loring was appointed a major-general and given command of the Department of Norfolk. When Norfolk was evacuated in May 1862, Loring was assigned to the Department of Southwest Virginia where he had some success against the Union army. Disagreements with Governor John Letcher resulted in his resignation and reassignment to the Confederacy's western army, where he served until it surrendered in 1865. After the Civil War, Loring joined the military service of the Khedive of Egypt in 1869 and served until 1879. He received the Egyptian orders of Osmanli and Medjidie. He returned to the United States and settled in New York, New York, where he died 30 December 1886. Loring was buried at Grace Episcopal Church, New York, 2 January 1887, then reinterred in Woodland Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida, 18 March 1887. In 1920, his remains were removed to downtown St. Augustine.
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Hart, John
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