The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 578
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Cover: Rufus King Felder (left) and his cousin, Miers Felder, Fifth Texas
Infantry, November 1862. Six-plate ambrotype by unknown photograph-
er. Courtesy Hill College Harold B. Simpson History Center, Hillsboro, Texas.
Rufus King Felder of Chappell Hill in Washington County, Texas, served
in Hood's Texas Brigade during the Civil War. His detailed letters from
the battlefields of the war, including Second Manassas, Antietam, and
Gettysburg, quoted in the article beginning on page 575 of this issue,
provide vivid images of life and death in that long and bloody war. Writ-
ing from Virginia in the fall of 1864, Felder noted: "Autumn is upon us,
but still the campaign goes on, nor do I see any probability of its ever com-
ing to an end until the friendly snows of winter shall come & drop its
shroud on the thousands of departed heroes, whose bones and bodys yet
scarced decayed are still exposed to the gaze of man & at the sight of
which the very angels weep ...."
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