Joseph W. Robertson Correspondence, 1862-1865 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
Collection Identifier: MS 7095
Extent: 18.0 Items
Predominant Dates: 1862-1865
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Scope and Contents: This collection of eighteen letters written between July 1862 and November 1865 document Joseph W. Robertson’s experiences in Union-occupied Beaufort, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. The letters detail Robertson’s difficulties with being separated from his family by war. The collection contains eleven letters from Robertson to his wife Phebe, three letters from Robertson to his unnamed sister, and four letters from Phebe to Robertson. The correspondence describes daily life in the camps, including thoughts on the quality of food, Lincoln’s assassination, encounters with freed African Americans, rebel troop movements around Beaufort, South Carolina, and Confederate activity at Charleston, South Carolina.