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(VIRGINIA.) Norwood, Thomas H. Illustrated letter from a University of Virginia student on the eve of war. Autograph Letter Signed, 4 pages, 8 x 5 inches, on one sheet; minor wear on vertical fold. [Charlottesville, VA], 28 October 1860
Thomas Hill Norwood (1842-1917) wrote this amusing letter as a University of Virginia student, complaining about his food, his Greek exercises, and being forced to demonstrate a math theorem in front of two visiting bishops. He concludes with a group of humorous self-portraits in his gymnastics uniform. During the war, Norwood served as a captain in the Confederate army, was wounded at Cold Harbor, and then ran a school in Richmond for many years.
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