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1862 July 06


Loughborough recounts to his wife that news is light. He states that the army is getting thoroughly organized. He notes that the news from the battle in Virginia says that 120 pieces of artillery were captured from the enemy. Loughborough is also concerned as to why he has not received letters from his wife.

Biographical/Historical Note

James M. Loughborough was born in Kentucky in 1832 and married Mary Webster in 1859 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had six children: Julia, Jean, Mary, Hope, James Fairfax, and St. James Noble. James Loughborough was a lawyer. His father, John, served as Surveyor General of the United States for the District of Illinois and Missouri. Mary Webster Loughborough wrote "My Cave Life In Vicksburg," an account of her experiences during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.


July 6, 1862.
My Dearest Wife:
I have just time this morning to state
that nothing has yet occured to throw any light upon
our movements. Gen'l Price has not seen Gen'l Bragg
since my last. Everything is working along smoothly and
we are rapidly getting our Army thoroughly organized.
The news from Va yesterday was that the Battle had
lasted 8 days and was not yet finished. The enemy
had lost 120 pieces of artillery and 20,000 men in
Killed [and] wounded. He was routed and trying to escape.
Have herd [sic] nothing from you since
my return. Why?
In Haste
Your Husband

Physical Description

Document, 8.6 x 10.5


Civil War; Confederate States of America; Artillery (Weaponry)


Loughborough, James M.




MS.000232, Box 1, Item 17


Loughborough papers, MS.000232


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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J.M. Loughborough to Mary W. Loughborough, Loughborough papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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J.M. Loughborough to Mary W. Loughborough