EWING, W.D. ALS, 4pp, Wayside Hospital, Lynchburg, 21 Feb. 1863. To his wife. Mr. Ewing appears to be hospital staff, rather than a patient. He notes that Longstreet is at Chesterfield between Petersburg and Richmond; Jackson is at Port Royal near Fredericksburg. If the army moves any distance, they will have to move the hospital near them. Smallpox is abating, and he still has some "vaccine matter....I was up town a while today Negros sold very high I never heard the like in my life. One boy weighing about 90 pounds brought 1460 & one weighing 75 brought 1350. The speculator said he wouldn't sill [sic] any more negrous [sic] at any such price that no body wanted negrous here today." He also notes the prices of horses, beef, and other items. Most of the rest is typical observations of the town.
Slight browning, handling wear.
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