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Lunsford L. Lomax to George B. Bayard, April 21, 1861, Washington, D.C.

Lunsford Lindsay Lomax, detail
The following letter was written by then Lieutenant U.S.A. Lunsford L. Lomax to his good friend and fellow West Point graduate in class of 1856 , Lieutenant George D. Bayard. It outlines the typical dilemma in which the secession of Virginia in early 1861 had placed many serving officers. Saying "I must go with my people," frontier and Kansas veteran Lomax further speculates on the next phase of the sectional conflict, and suggests that Baltimore will be the flash point. Lomax, though born at an Army post in Rhode Island where his father served, was a loyal Virginian and ended the war as a Major-General of Confederate cavalry, while New Yorker Bayard went on to become a Union Brigadier-General and was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg in late 1862. (By John Osborne)

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