Thursday, February 14, 2013

Confederate Valentines

Happy Valentines Day! These Valentines cards were posted by the Museum of the Confederacy today on Twitter. Hand drawn by Pvt. Alexander Stone, he drew and colored these cards for his daughters Rebecca and Beth Stone and sent them around February 1863.  The cards contain a hand drawn decoration of border and hearts in red and blue pencil. 

Alexander Stone resided in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina at the beginning of the war.  At age 30, he enlisted there as a Private in Co. E, 11th North Carolina State Troops on February 19, 1862.  The rolls show him present or accounted for until July 4, 1863 when he was captured near Gettysburg.  He was sent as a POW to Fort Delaware and then transferred to Point Lookout around October 15-18.  He was hospitalized at Point Lookout's hospital on October 26 with acute diarrhea.  He died in the hospital on January 26, 1864.

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