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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of the Van Valkenburgh family
|Gerrit S. van Valkenburgh to Mary B. Van Valkenburgh describing post-war life in Warren, Arkansas
|18 August 1865
|Van Valkenburgh, Gerrit S. (fl. 1860-1866)
|Van Valkenburgh, Mary B.
|Written by Gerrit to his mother Mary. Says he loves and thinks often of his relatives in the North. Mentions that his brother Frank has already written about his release from the prison. Says the charges against him were false. Since he has been in Pine Bluff, he has been sick with chills and fever - he thinks typhoid. Reports that he is feeling better though. Says he boards with his employer, who is originally from Connecticut. Mentions an uncle who lives in Warren, Arkansas and says "their slaves - or former slaves - [are] still with them." The uncle bought a flour mill and his sons work there as well. Explains that Warren is a military post being garrisoned by "negroes - but they have had no trouble with them." Says his aunt is the superintendent of the Sunday School and that when he was there last they were holding "Negro meetings - reading the Bible and talking to them." Gives updates on his cousins. Comments that things are peaceable and that "The people are submitting with as good grace as possible to the necessities of the times."
|Typhoid Fever Disease Health and Medical Confederate States of America Civil War Reconstruction Prisoner of War African American History Slavery Emancipation Mill Industry African American Troops Religion Women's History Education
|Van Valkenburgh, Gerrit
|Pine Bluff, Arkansas
|The American Civil War; Women in American History; African Americans; Children & Family; Education; Health & Medicine; Law; Merchants & Commerce; Reconstruction; Religion; Slavery & Abolition
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|Gerrit was the only one of the five Van Valkenburgh brothers who eventually sided with the Confederacy.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945