Letters of John Herbert Claiborne, 1864-1865.

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Claiborne, John Herbert, 1828-1905. Letters of John Herbert Claiborne, 1864-1865.

Letters of John Herbert Claiborne, 1864-1865.

Include letters, April 1864-April 1865, of John Herbert Claiborne, Petersburg, Va., to his wife, Sarah Alston Claiborne, a refugee in Louisburg, N.C., concerning the siege of Petersburg and his work as a military surgeon and executive officer in charge of military hospitals in Petersburg. Topics include Union attacks on Petersburg, City Point and surrounding roads; Union shelling; Battles of the Crater, Drewry's Bluff, and Hatcher's Run; Confederate troop movements; attack on Fort Stedman; comments on Lee, Grant, and various Confederate generals; war news and rumors; Union Afro-American troops; and his capture after evacuating Petersburg. Also include treatment of wounded on field and in the hospitals; evacuation of hospitals because of shelling; disparity between poor and wealthy soldiers; comparison of pay and recruitment of army chaplains to that of privates; and his refusal to let a ball be held at a military hospital. Also include description of civilian life in Petersburg and the effects of shelling; plundering of homes and forced removal from parts of the city; mention of a bomb proof in neighbor's garden and a woman selling fabric for 35 dollars a yard; burden of supporting family slaves during the siege and the eventual freeing of some; impressment of male slaves; and his opinion on slavery. Also include family and personal matters, his view of his marriage, religious ponderings, advice on wife's plans to support herself by teaching, and description of trip back to Petersburg by train and his assistance of a refugee and her child; and newspaper clippings. Also include explanatory notes.

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