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Catalog Number X.1300.1
Title Letter from W.B. Alexander to wife Mary
Collection General Collection
Object Type Letter
Date 1861-06-06
Description/Scope & Content Letter from Captain William B. Alexander to his wife in Massachusetts. The letter describes Alexander's station at "Castle Calhoun" (now Fort Wool), camp life at Fort Monroe, local crops and landscape, and purchase of clothing and supplies. The letter also describes the town of Hampton after its desertion by locals but before its destruction by fire in August 1861, its near sack by a New York Regiment, and discovery in an abandoned house of a piece of cowhide used to whip slaves; fugitive slaves "coming into the fort by the hundreds;" and Contrabands' work for the U.S. Army and officers as cooks, servants, and laborers, including a cook named Mary Frances;
Extent of Description 2 leaves
Related units of description See also 2006.17.1.
People Alexander, William B.
Alexander, Mary F.
Alexander, Ida
Mary Frances
Topics Civil War
Contrabands/Freedpeople
Slavery/Slaves
Burning of Hampton (1861)
Farming/Agriculture
Place Names District--Fort Monroe
Site--Fort Wool (Fort Calhoun, Rip Raps)
District08--Downtown
Site--Downtown Hampton
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