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57th Virginia Infantry

Item CON-6471
July 17, 1861 R. Dickinson & Waddy T. James
Price: $225.00


Original Civil War Confederate letter, 1 page written in period ink.

July 17th 1861

Dear Colonel,

I beg leave to introduce to you and your company William John Baker, who wishes to become a member and go with W. Dickinson, Jno Smith and Jno L. Ward. Mr. Baker is an Englishman and has been in the neighborhood 2 or 3 years. Is a man of quite good information and standing, a companionable, and sociable man. True and loyal to the south, is over 60 years old and willing to fight. I deem it proper to say this much in behalf of W. B., as he is a foreigner. I am satisfied your company will not regret receiving him. The only difficulty in his case is his age and small stature. Take my friend Baker on my recommendation. I insist on it.

In regard to my brother and Smith. I deem it unnecessary to say anything as you are acquainted with them. Mr. Ward is a gentleman and in that term is embraced praise and eulogy enough. I know him well and endorse him as in every respect O.K. Colonel, I wish very much I could see before you leave, but cannot. Health, success and glory attend you and your Corps.

Your friend,

R. Dickinson