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Daniel Blain was a Confederate soldier in the 1st Rockbridge Artillery during the American Civil War and later became a Presbyterian minister in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The collection contains four letters by Blain about his experiences during the war, while his diary discusses his life immediately after the war.
The collection consists of a letter from Joseph G. Dill to Daniel C. E. Brady, written from Richmond, Virginia, on May 30, 1862. Dill writes Brady on a variety of topics including recent war news, the challenges of sending mail through conflict zones, a recent fishing party, the warther, and the price of goods.
Letter from James G. Paxton to Major William McLaughlin. Writing from Salem, Virginia, informs McLaughlin that his name is being put forward as a possible candidate for the Virginia Senate.