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John Garibaldi Civil War Papers
27th Virginia Infantry, Stonewall Brigade
VMI Archives Manuscript # 284

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Biographical note 

"I expect to soldier untill the land is blessed with peace."

Confederate soldier John Garibaldi was born in Genoa, Italy, on April 30, 1831 and came to United States in 1851. During the Civil War he served as 3rd Sergeant, Co. C, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment (Stonewall Brigade). His service record indicates that he enlisted in May 1861; was captured at Kernstown March 23, 1862 & sent to Ft. Delaware; was exchanged August 5, 1862; returned to duty until captured at Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 12, 1864; was imprisoned Ft. Delaware & and was exchanged October 30, 1864. After the war was he was a teacher and farmer in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Garibaldi died at Big Island, Bedford Co., Virginia, on September 8, 1914. He is buried in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia. 

Collection Description 

The bulk of the collection consists of 38 original letters, 1862-1864, from from Garibaldi to his wife Sarah. Topics include camp life, the hardships of war, battles and skirmishes, and other members of the 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment. The papers also include a copy of a letter dated December 30, 1861 (this letter remains in private hands but is transcribed here with the permission of the owner); and misc. correspondence dated 1904.

The following letters are included:

1861 December 30&

1862
January 28 (Romney Campaign),  October 24,  November 2,  November 20

1863January 4,  18, 27;  February 26, March 24, 29; April 14, 30;  May 9, 11 May 11 (Chancellorsville & death of Jackson),  28; June 3, 16; July 10 (Gettysburg), 19; August 4, 14,  mid-August, 27; September 3, 25; October 6,  21;  November 1,  4, 15, 21; December 5,  16

1864
January 9,  March 8, 24;  April 5, 22