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If you haven’t read this story from yesterday’s edition of The Washington Post, please do.

Source: Library of Virginia, as published with the story in The Washington Post, November 5, 2016.

Source: Library of Virginia, as published with the story in The Washington Post, November 5, 2016.

Lucky man, historian James I. Robertson, Jr., surrounded by artifacts. So blessed. So privileged! Out of the 1,600 pieces of information, he used 140 to write his book — all of it precious. What was his criteria in choosing one letter over another, when all of the information is rare and precious?

The State Library of Virginia has the scanned information on their website. Emmett’s father, Dr. Francis C. Wilson, was at The Battle of the Crater, and at Petersburg, and his family is from Lunenburg County, Virginia — I’m wondering if letters from him, or his brothers are in that treasure trove.


When I read articles such as this one, I am always hopeful that once the first part of Emmett’s book is published, perhaps someone will come forward with letters, or perhaps, the long-lost elusive scrapbooks.

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