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Letter, 1855 Nov. 23 (Kingsville, S.C.), to Ella and Edwin Hill (New York).

Author: B S Hill
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Letter, 23 Nov. 1855, from Mr. B.S. Hill, written from Kingsville, S.C. (in lower Richland County, S.C.), to his children, Ella and Edwin Hill, in New York, is penned on letterhead stationery illustrated with an engraving of the Kingsville Hotel and a steam locomotive, and apprises them of the progress of his journey, including a visit to Camden, S.C., and the Kershaw home or "Cornwallis House." As depicted, the
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: B S Hill
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: B S Hill
OCLC Number: 758653109
Description: 1 item.
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Letter, 23 Nov. 1855, from Mr. B.S. Hill, written from Kingsville, S.C. (in lower Richland County, S.C.), to his children, Ella and Edwin Hill, in New York, is penned on letterhead stationery illustrated with an engraving of the Kingsville Hotel and a steam locomotive, and apprises them of the progress of his journey, including a visit to Camden, S.C., and the Kershaw home or "Cornwallis House." As depicted, the building also shows the name of the firm of Hitchcock & Bollin on the exterior.

Writing presumably from the hotel, Hill notes that he was in "a nice little room all by myself with a good fire," a luxury his travels had not always afforded him. "Yesterday I was at Camden," Hill notes, "the place where a great battle was fought with the British - and was in the old house where Lord Cornwallis kept his Head-Quarters ..." There were in the walls of the house "large ball holes." That afternoon he had witnessed "a Regiment of citizen soldiers who met for their annual parade." However, "they did not look like our companies in New York for they did not wear uniform[s] and some of them looked verry funny with their country coats on and some of the Captains looked like the pictures in a comical almanac and reminds me of a picture in some of your books where the dog brings up the rear!!"

The letter concludes with a brief postscript written from Columbia, S.C., on 26 November 1855. Later spelled "Kingville," this once thriving railroad junction was located southeast of Columbia, S.C., in lower Richland County, at the edge of the Congaree Swamp, just above the fork of the rivers.

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