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Letter from Margaret Preston to daughter, May Preston, Baltimore County, Maryland, February 19 and 22, 1863

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Summary:A letter from Margaret "Madge" Preston of Pleasant Plains, Maryland, to her daughter May Preston who is away at school at Saint Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The letter discusses the situation prompting the writing of this letter and other domestic affairs of the day. She is feeling a little depressed because the day reminds her of her promise to an old friend that they would correspond every year on this day [February 19] and share what they did during the day, but her friend has recently passed away. Mention of the winter weather is also included detailing the inconveniences this causes to the people around her. Accompanying the letter was a Confederate flag, in which Margaret hopes May will "find comfort in the folds" of it. Baltimore County, Maryland, February 19 and 22, 1863.
Creator:Preston, Madge, b. 1815
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:Maryland
Baltimore County
Place of origin – Settlement:Pleasant Plains
Temporal subject: 1861-1870
Geographical subject – Continent:North America
Geographical subject – Country:United States of America
Geographical subject – Region:Maryland
Baltimore County
Topical subjects:Correspondence
Domestic life
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women
Preston, Madge, b. 1815
ArchivesUM location:Preston Family papers
  • series 1
  • box 1
  • folder To May [Preston] McNeil from Madge Preston, 1864
  • accession 72-10
Repository:Historical Manuscripts
Browse terms:Personal and Family Lives
Copyright holder:Public Domain
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