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Vol. 113, No. 9

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Slide show - More treasures from the library’s American history exhibit

By W. Barksdale Maynard ’88
Posted on March 14, 2013


Last effects

On display at Firestone are the swords, portrait, and wallet of Isaac Plumb, Jr., mortally wounded in an attack by the 61st New York Infantry at the Battle of Cold Harbor in 1864.  Tucked inside the wallet were items that rarely survive the passage of centuries: a letter from home, a telegram delivered a week after he was wounded, and an ace of hearts.

The telegram reads: N YORK JUN · EIGHTEENTH · CAPT · ISAAC PLUMB · AVE HOUSE · WASHN · DEAR IKE · JUST FROM SHERBURN · ALL WELL · SHALL I COME ON · WHEN WILL YOU COME · ANSWER IMMEDIATELY · KEEP UP · J · D · COOK ·

Photos by Ricardo Barros

 
 
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