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Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers

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051. [Illegible] to Paul Trapier Keith -- July 18, year unknown
051. [Illegible] to Paul Trapier Keith -- July 18, year unknown Writer offers Keith a positive job reference
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061. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 20, 1862
061. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 20, 1862 Willis writes of the privations of camp, that he wishes to fight no longer, his homesickness, and that of Paris, his slave.
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091. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 19, 1863
091. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 19, 1863 Willis writes from Winchester, Va., on Paris having "disappeared" and being left with no-one "to do a hands turn for me"; his reflection: "Our reverse in Pennsylvania, and then the far greater blow, the loss of Vicksburg, and Port Hudson, look gloomy for the Confederacy"; his taking pants from a corpse? on the battlefield.
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089. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 9, 1863
089. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 9, 1863 Willis writes from Williamsport, MD., on a disappointing battle [Gettysburg], where "very many valuable men" were lost; that General Lee is not to cross the Potomac for a "few days".
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090. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 10, 1863
090. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 10, 1863 Willis writes from Williamsport, MD., near the Potomac River, unsure if they are to cross once again. His regiment lost 25 men in a recent encounter. Willis wonders if Vicksburg has fallen, and if his family are headed to Flat Rock, N.C., soon.
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054. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- May 27, 1862?.
054. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- May 27, 1862?. Willis writes from the Confederate Army of the Potomac, two miles from the Chickahominy River, on the privations of camp [though he is accompanied by a slave, Paris], and the expectation of a large scale engagement. He is spiritied by news of Stonewall Jackson's successes.
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056. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- June 15, 1862?.
056. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- June 15, 1862?. Willis writes from the centre of the Army of Richmond of the loses of the 5th and 6th South Carolina Regiments, skirmishes around camp and his concern for James Island, his family and the location of their slaves
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057. Willis Keith to Paul Trapier Keith -- June 19, 1862?.
057. Willis Keith to Paul Trapier Keith -- June 19, 1862?. Willis writes from the Army of Richmond of the skirmishes around camp, and asks for news of Charleston
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036. Willis Wilkinson to Anna Bella Wilkinson -- n.d.
036. Willis Wilkinson to Anna Bella Wilkinson -- n.d. Willis writes from Sampit to Anna Bella of his travels and details the food he is sending
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065. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 8, 1862
065. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 8, 1862 Willis writes from Orange, Virginia, on a hard march with Stonewall Jackson. Willis complains he cannot get furlough.
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068. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862
068. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862 Willis writes from near Ripadan, Virginia, where Generals Lee and Johnston are in command. He speculates on a potential attack by the Confederates, though Union General Pope has pulled his men back.
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069. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 15, 1862
069. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 15, 1862 Willis writes from near Orange, Virginia, on news from home, particularly engagements
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095. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 12, 1863
095. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 12, 1863 Willis writes from near Orange, Va., that he is upset by the dissatisfaction in some of the Confederate States, that he wishes a dictator was put in place (he would support Jefferson Davis in this role) and that civil law was abolished. He has lost all faith in England.
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094. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 9, 1863
094. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 9, 1863 Willis writes from near Orange, Va., that he does not expect a vigorous campaign in the short term, complaints about lack of good clothing and reminiscences about home
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093. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 4, 1863
093. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 4, 1863 Willis writes from near Orange, Va., complaining that he does not have a slave to cook his rations, and asserting that the men of his Regiment wish to help relieve Charleston
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067. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862
067. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862 Willis writes from near Gordonsville, Virginia, on a surprise and swift attack by Stonewall Jackson and the privations of camp
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098. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Dec. 27, 1863?
098. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Dec. 27, 1863? Willis writes from near Fredericksburg, Va., that he may be involuntarily moved to another Regiment.
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070. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Sept. 7, 1862
070. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Sept. 7, 1862 Willis writes from near Frederick City, MD, on the Second Battle of Bull Run or Manassas. His account (which places him at Manassas Junction), describes the battle-scenes and skirmishes, and his belief the "Yankees" had suffered more casualties. He also notes his inability to get some goods at Frederick City on account of the store owners being "Unionists"; his discovery that his hired "boy" was a runaway slave, (he has also fled from Keith); the misery of camp and his idea of resigning and returning to South Carolina to join Marion's Artillery who "will never be sent out of state".
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092. Willis Keith to Maddie Keith -- July 30, 1863
092. Willis Keith to Maddie Keith -- July 30, 1863 Willis writes from near Culpeper, Va., on the miserable marching at the Potomac; his impressive horse and the desire of the Regiment to go to S.C. to "storm the Yankees off Morris Island"
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083. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- May 15, 1863
083. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- May 15, 1863 Willis writes from near Camp Gregg on the "terrible blow" of Stonewall Jackson's death, which Keith believes the Union Army will view as better than a battlefield victory; his uncertainty in matters of faith
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