Books: News from Virginia

LETTERS FROM LEE'S ARMY (312 pp.)—Abridged by Charles Minor Blackford III—Sender ($3.50).

Charles Minor Blackford, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, kissed his wife goodbye, grabbed his double-barreled shotgun, mounted his "very fine roan" and rode out of Lynchburg, Va. one morning in June 1861.

Some four years later, the Confederacy and most of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry were dead. But young Captain Blackford survived. He lived on long enough to edit, with his wife Susan Leigh Blackford, the letters they had exchanged during the war. Privately printed in two volumes in 1894, they are now abridged...

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