Page then mentioned encountering fellow 21st officer Virginius Dabny who later served on John B. Dabney informed me that I had been appointed Adjt. After discussing some other financial matters, Page turned his attention back to their regiments movement. The regiment was then at Charlottesville.A part of our army is here now, he wrote, but where old Jack is going no one knows, but I expect you will hear before I can tell you. Where they were going was the Peninsula, where Robert E. Lee hoped Jacksons Valley Army would come down on McClellans exposed right flank. Page closed the letter unsure of how the weeks ahead would play out. I hope this war will end soon, although I dont see how it is to be accomplished, for the yankees are very confident that they will conquer us, although I think that their soldiers are very anxious to get out of service and great many are taken prisoners that if they wanted to could have gotten away. The letter was written on three pages of a four-page bifolium stationery sheet measuring about 7 1/4 x 9 3/4. It is in excellent condition with very light foxing and toning. Creased at the original mailing folds. Page enlisted in the 21st Virginia as a private in April 1861, was promoted sergeant major in February 1862, and was made captain and adjutant in March of that year.
He was wounded at Cedar Mountain later that summer, and later served on the staff of General John R. Page survived the war and was later a Grand Master of Masons of Virginia (1894).
He died in 1904 and is buried in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery. The letters full transcript follows. I cannot tell how disappointed I was in not being able to get to see you and my Dear Aunts, for I was certain that I could get off for a day or two while we were in Lynchburg and that is the reason why I did not write while I was there, but Col.
Cunningham could not give me two days, so I had to return with the Regt. We got to Lynchburg yesterday week after a long and tedious march from Winchester, with about two thousand prisoners, and I can assure you that it was no childs play for our little Regt (not over 300 strong) to guard so many yankees for these weeks, up every night and marching all day long, and from the time we left Winchester until we crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains at Rock Fish Gap, they could hear the firing and knew that the fight was goin on between old Jack & the yankees, and they were just as certain that they would be recaptured, for they saying to us that we were marching them along now, but by tomorrow, old Shields & Fremont would have the whole of Jacksons army marching to Fort McHenry. When we crossed the bridge at Port Republic they could see their Cavalry just across the other branch of the river, which made them feel so certain that some of them refused to go any farther, but I let them have it with my sword, right & left and they soon found out that we were not to be frightened by the prospect of being attacked, but I can tell you that it was ticklish times with us and if they had southern men they would have all gotten away, but prudence protected us.
Virginius Dabney met us in Lynchburg and informed me that I had been appointed Adjt. Do not write to me soon, for I have not secured a letter from you for nearly two months and it seems like a year. I do not know when I been so much disappointed as I was at not getting to Cumberland, for we were at Lynchburg and a week, though we did not know what day we would be relieved of our charge. We got here yesterday on our way to Staunton, but found orders to wait here.
A part of our army is here now. Where old Jack is going no one knows, but I expect you will hear before I can tell you.
I wrote to Aunt Holly from Staunton and told her that we were going to Richmond, and so we were ordered to Rich. At first, but afterwards countermanded. I hope that this war will end soon, although I dont see how it is to be accomplished, for the yankees are very confident that they will conquer us, although I think that their soldiers are very anxious to get out of service and great many are taken prisoners that if they wanted to could have gotten away. You must excuse this as my pen is so bad that I can hardly write.
Give love and a kiss to my Dear Aunts, little Mary & Julia. Oh how I would like to see them.I saw cousin Robert Randolph when I was at Winchester: all well! And he sent his love to us all. The yankees had not done him much damage.
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