The Resource Autograph album of Laura Chilton, 1865-1872
- Autograph album of Laura Chilton, 1865-1872
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- Autographs of Confederate soldiers following Lee's surrender in Laura Chilton's album from Richmond, Virginia. Inside inscription states: "Presented to Miss Laura Chilton by her cousin Dr. J. B. McCarty, March 20th, 1865." This was probably Dr. James Bell McCarty, a cousin on Laura Chilton's mother's side (the Mason family). There is only one page with the signatures of two women, every other entry is from a CSA soldier, mainly in 1865. A few write their sentiments regarding the Civil War and the last entry is an interesting poem / song from a soldier who had fought at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Petersburg, Virginia on February 5, 1865. Example entries include a brief poem entered by Willoughby N. Smith and a paragraph by T. R. B. Wright, both graduates of the University of Virginia
- Includes the following autograph: "Robt E Lee 'Reb' Richmond, May 11th, 1865."
- One page from 1872 contains an "arborvitae," a pressed tree leaf, from near Terrapin Tower on Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York
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- Laura Chilton was the eldest daughter of Robert Hall Chilton, a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army who served as Chief of Staff for the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee for most of the war. Robert E. Lee corresponded with Laura Chilton (letters are in the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia).
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