A Collection in
Collection Number Ms2008-029
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityContact Information:
P.O. Box 90001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-9001
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2008 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Collection is open to research.
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The Martha McDonald Letter was purchased by Special Collections.
Martha McDonald was a southern woman, presumably of North Carolina, and wife to a Confederate soldier, Lewis McDonald. Civil War service records show a Lewis McDonald who served in Company C, 55th North Carolina Infantry. The company's muster roll indicates that McDonald was a farmer, born in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He was promoted to corporal during the war and served through the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.
This collection contains a letter of Martha McDonald, written from Rutherford County, North Carolina, responding to a letter she received from her husband, Lewis, on the previous day, September 14, 1862. She inquires after a mutual friend who was wounded and taken prisoner by Union troops. In the postscript she thanks Lewis for a Bible he sent her.