Letter Reference Captain William M. Skipwith

U.S. Gen. W. S. Rosecans, wrote a cover letter (hand written ) to C.S.A. Lt., James S. Dorsett, a P.O. W., which allowed the prisoner to accompany the late Capt. Wm. Skipwith's body from the battle of Rich Mt, (Beverly) Va. to Richmond, as follows;

(The owner of this letter copied it to the best of his ability, without changes or guessing.)

Head Quarters ____Brig ____

Beverly 14th July 1861

Lieut J. S. Dorsett
20th Regt. Va. Volunteers
Osv (?) Parole

Dear Sir
        You will proceed with the body of the late Capt Skipwith Co D 20th Regt Vol. Killed at the affair at Rich Mountain to Richmond Va and there deliver the same to his friends,

        And I beg you to say to them that I hope they will allow me to express my condolences with them in their loss.

        Having performed this duty of friendship & humanity you will without unreasonable delay return and report yourself to the United States Officer in command at the nearest point in Western Virginia who will furnish you transportation to the place designated by the Major Genl.____ this department.

I am sir Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servant
(signed) W S. Rosecans
Brig Genl U.S.A.


**** No attempts were made to change the General's letter in any fashion. There are a few unknown expressions or meanings.****

Lt. James S. Dorsitt (SP?) Co. D. taken POW at Rich Mtn., exchanged 1862 per "20th and 39th Virginia Infantry" by Sherwood & Weaver 1994.