My Dear Louisa:
Geroge Levy (email@example.com) writes:
"James is in my upcoming book on the Elmira, NY depot. He had a brother in another regiment who also died at Elmira. James originally arrived at Camp Lee Richmond in February, 1862 as a conscript, but enlisted in the 27th Georgia to be with friends and neighbors. He had nothing to gain from the war as he was a small non-slave owning farmer, and he knew it. The Georgia State Archives contain about 7 more Jordan letters, and they express much hatred for the Confederacy.
"I use James as an example of conscripts on both sides of the war who became victims of the politicians and the officer corps, North and South. Anyway, the 27th (Georgia) received special mention for its actions at Fair Oaks during the Seven Days where it drove across the front of the 85th New York Infantry, out of Elmira, forcing it to retreat. There is the Elmira connection again. Many of the 85th died at Andersonville while the Jordan brothers died at Elmira, another connection."
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