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Letter, 3 May 1863, Added to the Raffield
       Family Papers
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2005

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Letter, 3 May 1863, added to the Library’s holdings of Raffield family papers was penned by H.A. Raffield from Sumter, S.C., on letterhead of the State of South Carolina, Head Quarters, and is addressed to “Dear Brother.”

It speaks of the fight at Vicksburg, Miss., mentions health conditions at Sumter, S.C., and hints at the Raffield family’s work as overseers, with a reference to slaves presumably belonging to Mr. Mikell. According to “the Papers,” Raffield notes, “our forces has killed from 20 to 25 thousand yankey[s]” at Vicksburg and “they are lying there unburried before the Place & of course Raising a terible stink so much so that our general has tar Burnt to Prevent the Stench from making our men sick.”

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