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Civil War Letters

Hopkins Family Civil War Letters, 2012

Discovery! During the 2003 restoration of Cave Hill, the Hopkins ancestral home in Rockingham County, the owners discovered a cache of letters and Confederate money hidden in a wall. The letters were penned by family members and friends at Cave Hill, in Middleburg, Virginia, and at military camps in the midst of the Civil War (1863-1864).

Although damaged by weather, critters, and time, the stories of families separated, soldiers in battle, scarcity, fear, and bravery, along with a bit of romance, are revealed in the missives. The Hopkins men and their friends wrote from the battlefields while the women describe home and family, notably the effect of Mosby’s Raiders and the Yankees on daily civilian life in Middleburg as the War was wearing on.

The letters now rest in The Heritage Museum archives and are available for research purposes. Link to Finding Aid: HRHS-130 John L Hopkins Collection