John S. Capers, in camp near McClellands Bridge, Chickahominy River, to Bettie Braxton, at Ingleside. 1864 May 25

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I need scarcely ask how my friends of

Ingleside have stood it.  Its fair ones have

long since established themselves heroines.

and each occasion as it renders the effort

to resist such over bearing influences greater

only enhances the character of that patriotism.

that has so elicited our own inaction.

I trust Miss Bettie that you have been

so fortunate as to escape.  Even a ruffled

mind. – This I am well induced to believe.

you are one of those rare philosophers whose

equanimity is scarcely ever disturbed.

However ! the satisfaction of direct proof is

very desirable and I hope to hear that Yankee

tread has not polluted Ingleside soil or

if it has with less contamination than

usage affixes to such proximity generally.

I wish I could supersede Mr P. in his de-

-lightful duty of a visit to Old Church and

I feel no hesitancy have no scruples in

such a display of selfishness.


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