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Attempting to send a Confederate General's body home, 1863

Attempting to send a Confederate General's body home, 1863

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J.H. Hill to Emily J. Semmes and her daughters Columbus, Georgia, 13 July 1863. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages. Columbus July 13 1863 Mrs & Misses Semmes Opelika Ala Dear Ladies Since my return I have ascertained that Rail Road communication from Richmond towards Martinsburg does not extend as far as I thought when I saw you and hence the transportation cannot be as rapid as I then supposed – I think the only means of transportation from Martinsburg to Winchester is by Rail – from there to som
J.H. Hill to Emily J. Semmes and her daughters Columbus, Georgia, 13 July 1863. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages. Columbus July 13 1863 Mrs & Misses Semmes Opelika Ala Dear Ladies Since my return I have ascertained that Rail Road communication from Richmond towards Martinsburg does not extend as far as I thought when I saw you and hence the transportation cannot be as rapid as I then supposed – I think the only means of transportation from Martinsburg to Winchester is by Rail – from there to som

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J.H. Hill to Emily J. Semmes and her daughters
Columbus, Georgia, July 13, 1863.Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.Columbus July 13 1863Mrs & Misses SemmesOpelika AlaDear LadiesSince my return I have ascertained that Rail Road communication from Richmond towardsMartinsburg does not extend as far as I thought when I saw you and hence the transportationcannot be as rapid as I then supposed – I think the only means of transportation fromMartinsburg to Winchester is by Rail – from there to some point on the Manassas Gap RR willhave to be performed by wagons and it is impossible for me to tell how long it may require to getto Richmond – from there to this place we can conect with considerable certainty – I think under all the circumstances you could not expect the arrival of Genl Semmesremains until the latter part of the week – perhaps not until Friday or Saturday – I have telegraphed to our Sup
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at Richmond to look out for Mr Cody and if called upon by him to render all assistance in his [
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] power to hasten him along – I also have written to the Pres of Our Company at Augusta to telegraph me when Mr Cody passes so that I can communicate to you the fact – which I will do by note if you remain atOpelika or in person should you come to town in the mean time – At all events I will use my best Endeavors to advise you of the approach of Mr Cody &his charge – and will be at the Depot with my wagons to move the remains to any place you maydesignate – We learn that other families here are made to mourn. by the same battle – Col J A Jones.and Col Harris (son in law to Col Chambers) are said to be killed besides [others] wounded – Jim Thornton goes over to Opelika tonight by whom I send this note – Should I be able to serve you in any it will my pleasure to do so – I Am Very RespectfullyYours – 
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