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If you want to imagine that you’re going to visit the Lydia Leister family on some random day in 1863 (hopefully not early July, as things were a bit of a mess) then this photo’s for you. It’s pretty easy to place yourself in the shoes of Mrs. Leister’s friends or family coming for a call. The only thing that proves this photo is modern is the peeling paint; the entire image evokes an older, simpler time. You can only enter the house on select dates, but you can stand on the porch and peer inside the windows (I don’t think the family would have appreciated that back then) and see vintage furnishings which evoke the Civil War era.
2ND LT. SYDENHAM PETER ADKINS
Co. D, 14TH Virginia Infantry
Died July 03, 1863
2ND Lt. Adkins enlisted in April 1861. He was previously wounded at Malvern Hill in July 1862 and spent some time away from the army to recover; soon after returning, he was mortally wounded at Gettysburg. His burial has been lost to time, and all that is known of his civilian life is that he was a farmer. There is a dearth of information on this man.
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