Valley of the Shadow
The Eve of War
Fall 1859–Spring 1861

Letters & Diaries


McCutchan Family (1860)

James B. and James R. McCutchan were cousins, living with their families in Augusta County, Virginia, before the war. During the war, both McCutchan cousins served in the Confederate military. They enlisted together in Company D of the 5th Virginia Infantry on April 17, 1861, but James R. transferred to the 14th Virginia Cavalry the following year. Both cousins survived the war.

The following links provide access to the most likely matches in the Valley of the Shadow databases:

James B. McCutchan

James R. McCutchan

James B. McCutchan writes to his cousin of general news from home in Augusta County, mentioning people he has seen and talked to. He asks his cousin if they may establish a regular correspondence.