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Accession number 1996.031
Catalog Number 1996.031.02
Collection Pearce Civil War Collection
Object Name Letter
Title Foster (James Irebell) Papers, 1862, 1864
Creator Foster (James Irebell)
Date February 4, 1864
Scope & Content Confederate Captain James I. Foster wrote these letters while in the vicinity of Petersburg, Virginia. They date from September 27, 1862 and February 4, 1864. The letters include brief descriptions of confrontations and engagements with the Federals at Bristoe Station. Included are several brief descriptions of several confrontations with the Union army.

This 1862 letter Foster addresses to "Mrs. L. Fleet" and begins with an apology for his late response. In this letter, Foster writes of his brigade's duty "to protect the batteries at Drewerys [sic] Bluff, if it be attacked by land." He expresses concern for his former regiment, as it has seen more action and suffered more casualties. Foster addresses the February 4, 1964 letter to "Bennie" from Culpepper County, Virginia. He describes moving the "Yankee Army out of Culpeper County by a flank movement, which was very successfully done." He describes his company's work destroying railroad communications in the area of the Rappahannock. Foster closes by stating, "If I get in another battle and come out alive I will be sure to write to you and if I get killed you will hardly hear anything about it."
Finding Aids Available online and in the Archives
People Foster, James Iredell (author)
Bennie (recipient)
Search Terms Military tactics and strategy
Death and mortality
Subjects Petersburg, VA
Battle of Bristoe Station
Culpeper County, VA
Rappahannock River
Credit line Pearce Civil War Collection
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