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Robert Henry Campbell, letter

May 21, 1861

“I like the looks of Martinsburg very much. It is a very nice place. It contains some beautiful residences. Its population is 4000. Almost all of the inhabitants are still for the Union. The Ladies all play (on the piano) Hail Columbia & Star Spangled Banner. This County gave seven hundred majority for the Union. We have excellent quarters. We are quartered in the Town Hall.”


Name: Robert Henry Campbell

Unit: 27th Regiment Virginia (“Rockbridge Rifles”) Infantry, Co. H

Document Information

Type: Letter


  • Civilian Support for the Union
  • Descriptions of Locale

Event Location: Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV

Document Origin: Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV


Robert Henry Campbell to his mother. May 21, 1861. From the Campbell-Varner family papers, VMI Archives Manuscript #0282. Obtained from Accessed on February 8, 2010.