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

Letters & Diaries


Long Family (1864)

Before the war, siblings James Franklin Long, Andrew Davidson Long, and Cynthia Long lived on a farm in Augusta County, Virginia. During the war, Andrew and James both served in the Confederate military. James enlisted in the 1st Virginia Cavalry on March 7, 1862. He died in Newtown in 1864. Andrew enlisted in the 5th Virginia Infantry just days after his brother on March 14, 1862. He was wounded in battle and was hospitalized, eventually returning home on furlough in 1865. After the war, Andrew apparently moved to Rockbridge County where he married in 1871.

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

Andrew Long Household

James Long Household

In their letters to their sister, Cynthia Long, Andrew Davidson and James F. Long document their life while in Confederate service.