30 September 1864: “We checked the Yankees at Port Republic.”

Item Description: Hastily written letter from Stephen D. Ramseur to his wife.  Mentions a Confederate victory at Port Republic and hopes that they will drive the Union forces from the Shenandoah Valley within a few days.


Item Citation: Folder 10 in the Stephen Dodson Ramseur Papers, #1567Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Item Transcription: 

Camp Near Waynesboro, VA

September 30, 1864

My Darling Wife,

I have time for a line to you. Caleb and I are well. We checked the Yankees at Port Republic. We are recruiting here and I hope in a few days will be able to drive the Yanks out of the Valley. Received your letters of the 17th and 18th. Just continue to write. Keep warm and cheerful and hopeful.

I sent you $800 in a letter, care of Mr. Collum. Have you received it? Excuse great haste. Love to all. Accept my heart full of love.


Your Devoted Husband

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