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Figures, Henry S. (d. 1864) [Collection of Henry S. Figures, F company, 4th regiment, Alabama, infantry] [Decimalized .01- .33]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00653.01 Author/Creator: Figures, Henry S. (d. 1864) Place Written: various places Type: Various Date: 10 April 1861-29 February 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Figures was a member of Law's Brigade, Longstreet Division, of the 4th Alabama Infantry. Letters mention prisoners from the "Star of the West," the Battles of Manassas, Yorktown, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, slaves, etc. Figures was killed at Battle of the Wilderness on 4 May 1864. Two of the letters (10 April 1861 and 25 April 1861) are on "Confederate States of America, War Department" stationery. Also includes 1867 burial card and a 6 page biographical manuscript (ca. 1890).

People: Figures, Henry Stokes

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Soldier's Letter, First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Gettysburg, Civil War, Military History, Confederate Soldier's Letter, Confederate States of America, Slavery, African American History, Prisoner of War, Patriotic Stationery, Death, Battle, Battle of the Wilderness, Infantry, Navy, Union Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War