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John Ervine Civil War Letter. June 18, 1861.
1st Virginia Cavalry
Manuscript# 0331

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Biographical Note

John Hamilton Ervine, born Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, January 28, 1831; farmer; enlisted (2nd Sergeant) Company I, 1st Virginia Cavalry (May 22, 1861); hired substitute and discharged October 1862; Enlisted Company I, 4th Virginia Infantry, October 23, 1864; wounded in action; imprisoned Ft. Monroe March 1865; released May 31, 1865. After war was farmer in Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Died near Brownsburg, January 31, 1917.


Letter (June 18, 1861) from Confederate soldier John H. Ervine, to his wife Ellen. Written from 1st Virginia Cavalry's camp in Berkeley Co., West Virginia. Primary topics are troop movements, value of horses, camp life, helpfulness of civilians in providing provisions, and family news.