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These letters are those of Wiley Nesmith (1840-1924), a Confederate soldier of the 49th Regiment of Georgia, Company A, to his wife Martha Ann Walker. Nesmith's regiment was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia, fighting in most battles and present at the Appomattox surrender in April 1865. These unmailed letters, dating from May 1862 to March 1965, were found in a Civi War knapsack in the attic of an old house in Petersburg, Virginia. The letters have since formed the basis of the 1998 novel "Deep in the Heart" by E. Randall Floyd. A transcription of the letters was made available by the great-grand daughter of Nesmith and previously published by the Bulloch County Historical Society.

 
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