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Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers

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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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053. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- [Sept?] 22, 1862.
053. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- [Sept?] 22, 1862. Willis writes from General Gregg's Brigade that they are preparing to march to Virginia the next day
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055. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- June 1, 1862?.
055. Willis Keith to Anna Bella Keith -- June 1, 1862?. Willis writes five miles from Richmond about an imminent engagement and the Union Army's use of a hot air balloon for reconnaissance
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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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058. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 30, 1862
058. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 30, 1862 Willis - 12th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers - writes from near Richmond on charging with the 1st Regiment, under orders of General Gregg. He reports great loss of life including two "Rhetts" and Shubrick Hayne. Willis notes he is next to head off Union General McClellan.
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059. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 30, 1862
059. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- June 30, 1862 [Typescript] Willis - 12th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers - writes from near Richmond on charging with the 1st Regiment, under orders of General Gregg. He reports great loss of life including two "Rhetts" and Shubrick Hayne. Willis notes he is next to head off Union General McClellan.
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060. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 13, 1862
060. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 13, 1862 [Incomplete letter] Willis writes detailing life at camp, a fateful charge [also described in previous correspondence] and its death tolls, and also the experiences of his camp slaves, Paris and Fred, who apparently declined an opportunity to desert.
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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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062. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 24, 1862
062. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 24, 1862 Willis writes from camp that they are rumoured to be sent to Stonewall Jackson in "the Valley" and that Paris has found better clothing in the knapsacks of dead Union soldiers.
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063. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 28, 1862
063. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- July 28, 1862 Willis writes from camp outside Richmond, that he is marching to western Virginia. He has sent his slave, Paris home and is in search of another "boy".
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064. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 3, 1862
064. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 3, 1862 Willis writes from camp near Gordonsville. His Regiment is with Stonewall Jackson.
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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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066. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862
066. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- August 18, 1862 [Typescript] Willis writes from near Gordonsville, Virginia, on a surprise and swift attack by Stonewall Jackson and the privations of camp
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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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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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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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071. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Sept. 17, 1862
071. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Sept. 17, 1862 Willis writes from Charlestown, Va, on having taken 1,300 prisoners at Harpers Ferry (many Vermonters); on the Second Battle of Bull Run or Manassas; his continued interest in resigning and joining Marion Artillery in South Carolina; the deaths of Nathaniel Heyward and Lt. Munroe of Charleston and his frustration at not being able to secure a slave to tend to him. He notes that he is writing on "captured paper" and the pro-Union sentiment on the envelope ("The Union and the Constitution must and shall be preserved") is crossed out.
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073. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Feb. 27, 1863
073. Willis Keith to Anna Bell Keith -- Feb. 27, 1863 Willis writes from Camp Gregg that the attack on Charleston has not come; that he has a new set of Field Officers; his hopes of returning to South Carolina but belief that General Jackson will not be sent from Virginia.
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074. Willis Keith to Maddie Keith -- Feb. 22, 1863
074. Willis Keith to Maddie Keith -- Feb. 22, 1863 Willis writes from Camp Gregg that heavy snow has fallen.