The War in Richmond: The Correspondence of Carrie & Joseph Young.
Approx. 56 letters, 26 war-dated (1861-62), from this couple living in Richmond, and other famly members. Joseph Young was a Richmond journalist; during the war he was a member of Col. Thomas Evan's regiment in Richmond, continuing to write accounts of life in the capital; many of the pre-war letters are to his wife, some excellent political content, many of the war letters are from Carrie to her parents, including this April 17th letter: "Lincoln...demanded 3000 soldiers of Virginia of course she will not send any to cut her own throat. Lincoln has made the same demand of Maryland. She neither will comply. Washington is under martial government every road and avenue leading to the city is gaurded by soldiers. Lincoln in all calls for 75000 men just to think of such a body of soliders. he is a deep plotting grand rascal. I trust they may get his `head.' Fort Sumter is taken by the southern government without the loss of a single man on their side...The secession Flag now waves over the fort. There is no other but scesesion Flags here now. every body is for scession...The very day old Lincoln took his seat it commenced to rain and has been raining ever since..."
etc., other letters mention loss of servants, scarcity of food, description of a man struck by lightning, mention of battles, "Richmond is crammed and jammed with wounded soldiers,"
etc., also one superb 5 page letter from Joseph mentioning Generals Jackson
, McClellan, Wool, Burnside, etc., President Davis
leaving Richmond with his family, Genl. Winder's regulation of country produce prices ("Turkeys strut the barnyards in defiance of city epicures, seemingly conscious of the fact that their owners have registered an oath never to decorate the markets with their presence."
) etc., there is also a large group of pre-war letters (1858-1861) and 2 post-war letters (1867) with illustrated steamship letterheads, all with domestic details, includes cabinet photo
of Carrie & Joseph taken by Davis of Richmond, CDV with hand-painted Confederate Flags (faulty but rare), etc. mixed condition but an fascinating group, newly discovered and offered for the first time
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