A long neglected area of American Civil War history has been the thousands of unpublished letters and diaries still found gathering dust in hundreds of attics across the nation. The recent Civil War centennial brought out some material of this type, and the general public has grown more aware of the advantages to be gained from the publication of soldiers’ memoirs. Despite this fact, it is rare indeed to find as moving and articulate a series of letters as the ten written by a young Florida Confederate officer, Lieutenant John W. Hosford, to his sweetheart, Miss Laura Rich, between November 1862 and April 1864. Hosford was a member of Company H, Fifth Florida Infantry, which was a part of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, and he participated in some of the hardest fighting of the entire war.
Mellon, Jr., Knox
"A Florida Soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia: The Hosford Letters,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 46:
3, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol46/iss3/7