Valley of the Shadow
The War Years
Spring 1861–Spring 1865

Letters & Diaries


Jacob Kent Langhorne (1862-1864)

Jacob Kent Langhorne’s letters trace his evolution from a student at the Virginia Military Institute at the beginning of the war to a soldier in the Wise Cavalry Troop by the end. His letters home to his family describe his activities throughout, and in them he includes commentary on his safety and on various family matters. Recipients of his letters include his mother and father, John Archer Langhorne and Margaret Kent Langhorne, his sister, Lizzie A. Langhorne, his aunt, Nannie E. Kent, and his brother, James Henry Langhorne.