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Generous donations of

Dorothea Little Vanderslice Fenwick


Edward Gulager Fenwick, Jr.

          of Arlington, Va.

Original and published Civil War sketches by Charles Gulager

20 letters, largely from John Newton Smith to family members
January - September 1863

Link to sketchbook samples


Link to letters

Head quarters Lee Calvary Brigade
Essex Co. Va. Feby 1st 1863

Dear Sis

As I have written Pa I will enclose a note to you. I ate The apples you sent me last nite they were delecious (such as we have to pay 25 cts a piece for here). I also received the clothes you sent me they were very acceptable indeed altho I did not need them much. Can't you make a cap. I am sure if you could see me going about here bare headed you would make me one. Any sort of a one will do if it is like my old long red cap it will do make one with several different colours in it don't put a face to it if you should make one out of worsted looks very pretty and flat on top. Take care of my trunk of clothes, don't let the moths ruin them. Write me when Pa writes me and let me know how you all are.
Nothing more at present

Your affectionate Brother


Burn this as soon
As you read it
And tell Pa to
Burn his

The Fenwicks visited Special Collections at University Libraries July 18, 2000.
Ed Fenwick, Gail McMillan
Edward G. Fenwick and Gail McMillan review the Web site for the Fenwick Collection.
Dot Fenwick, Gail McMillan
Dorothea Vanderslice Fenwick reviews the Civil War letters that had been in her family for generations.
Fenwicks and Dean Hitchingham
David Brugh, D.V. Fenwick, E.G. Fenwick, Dean Hitchingham

Additional images of the Fenwicks and their gifts are available in the VT ImageBase."

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June 28, 2000 (GMc); updated June 13, 2002 (GMc)