Letter, 3 July 1863 (Richmond, Va.), from| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Anna Maria Harrison Bolton to
Joseph James Wardlaw
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Letter, 3 July 63, written by A[nna] M[aria] [Harrison] Bolton (1815-1880) from Richmond, [Virginia], to Joseph James Wardlaw expresses sympathy upon the death of Dr. Wardlaw’s son, Lewis Alfred Wardlaw (1844-1863), a first sergeant in Co. B, First South Carolina Rifles (Orr's Rifles), who was shot through the temples at Chancellors¬ville, 3 May 1863, while attempting to plant the colors of Orr’s Regiment in advance of the line. Young Wardlaw was brought home and lived until 6 June 1863. He was buried at Long Cane Cemetery near Abbeville (S.C.).
Mrs. Bolton, wife of Richmond physician James Bolton, concluded the letter with an update on news of the war. "We have been in some degree of excitement for a day or two past, by hearing of an advance of the enemy by way of the York R.R. The authorities have thought it best to call out the whole city defences....We at home have no fears and look upon these as only precautionary measures....Dr. Bolton...left home yesterday morning...on horseback to join a company of mounted officers to act as scouts or pickets, a sort of volunteer service."