John P. E. Campbell Letter, 1863 (Ms2011-056)
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John Place Evans Campbell was born July 6, 1835 to Benjamin J. and Lydia Campbell in Bedford Co., Virginia. He was married to Elizabeth M. Campbell (b. 1842) in 1856. Prior to enlisting in the Confederate Army Campbell worked as a mechanic in Henry County, Virginia.
John P.E. Campbell enlisted in the Confederate Army on July 15, 1862 in Giles County, Virginia. He enlisted at the rank of private in Company K, Virginia 50th Infantry Regiment. After Campbell's enlistment, Virginia's 50th regiment was involved in the battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Winchester. The regiment disbanded in April 1865.
According to census records after the Civil War he lived in Patrick County, Virginia and worked as a furniture and cabinetmaker. He died in Patrick County, Virginia, June 11, 1909.
Source: United States Military and Census records from Ancestry.com
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The John P. E. Campbell Letter was donated to Special Collections in March 2011.
Letter from John P. E. Campbell (50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry) to his wife, April 13, 1863.
Letter from John P. E. Campbell (50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry) to his wife, April 13, 1863. At the time of the letter Campbell was in Caroline County, Virginia. Campbell writes his wife about where he has been recently and who he has seen. The letter also includes a description of Fredericksburg after the battle. He writes of "the dead lying there almost dismembered" and the dead horses that covered the battlefield.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the John P. E. Campbell Letter was completed in June 2011.
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