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Letters, 1862, of James Dinwiddie (1837-1907), lieutenant in Captain James McDowell Carrington's (1839-1911) Battery (Charlottesville Artillery), Virginia Artillery, to his fiance and wife, Bettie, consisting of a letter, 14 April 1862, discussing the beginning of the Peninsular campaign, Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891), and the Confederate army, also professes his love for Bettie; a letter, 23 April 1862, containing news of Stonewall Jackson's (1824-1863) Valley campaign, and personal and family news; a letter, 25 May 1862, containing personal news and news of the Valley campaign; a letter, 7 June 1862, detailing the death of Turner Ashby (1828-1862) at the Battle of Harrisonburg and the Valley campaign; a letter, 12 June 1862, containing news of a skirmish and of Stonewall Jackson; a letter, 13 June 1862, sending personal news; and two letters, both 29 June 1862, describing Jackson's march from the Shenandoah Valley to Richmond and the beginning of the Seven Days' battles
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James Dinwiddie was born 29 June 1837 in Campbell County, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sidney College and received his M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1861. When the Civil War began, Dinwiddie enlisted in the University Volunteers and served in the Wise Legion. Stationed at Roanoke Island, North Carolina, Dinwiddie left before it was surrendered to Union troops. Returning to Charlottesville, Virginia, he enlisted in the Charlottesville Artillery (Captain James McDowell Carrington's Company) 25 March 1862. He served in the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the war, becoming a captain of artillery and a major of infantry. After the Civil War ended, Dinwiddie served as principal of the Sayre Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, for a year, then as a professor of mathematics at Southwest Presbyterian University in Clarkesville, Tennessee, from 1870 to 1880. In 1880, he became a professor at the University of Tennessee. Dinwiddie returned to Virginia in 1885 when he purchased the Central Female Institute in Gordonsville, Virginia, and remained there until 1890. He became president of the Peace Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1890, and retired from there in May 1907. By his retirement, Dinwiddie owned most of the stock of the Peace Institute. Dinwiddie married Bettie Carrington (ca. 1842-1899) of Halifax County, Virginia, and they had 10 children. Dinwiddie died 2 July 1907 in San Francisco, California, where he was visiting his son. Dinwiddie was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
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