Lucy was the widow of naturalist John Audubon, who was a close friend of Edward Harris. In the letter she mentions the recent death of her son and describes the financial difficulties she is experiencing: "You doubtless heard of my dear Johns [sic]...
At the start of the Civil War, Dent was a 1st lieutenant of the Eufaula Rifles, which became Company B of the 1st Alabama Infantry; he was eventually promoted to captain and commanded Dent's Battery (formerly Robertson's Battery). Dent wrote this...
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