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John Keagy Stayman to Edgar Hastings, July 1863

John Keagy Stayman, circa 1861, detail
In the first week of July, 1863, before the Battle of Gettysburg was joined, foraging Confederate forces twice occupied or attacked Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In this letter to a student soon afterwards, a faculty member at the local Dickinson College assessed the damage done there during the invasion. He held strongly that all damage in Carlisle should be immediately repaired so as to leave “no rebel scar … upon the soil of Pennsylvania” and ended with an anxious request for news about the upcoming state draft in the town. (By Holly Bowers)


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