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

Letters & Diaries


Jesse and Mary Rolston (1862-1864)

Jesse Rolston, Jr., married Mary Catharine Cromer before the war. The Rolstons lived on their farm with their family near Mt. Solon in Augusta County, Virginia. Jesse Rolston enlisted in Company D of the 52nd Virginia Infantry. During his service, he was captured, imprisoned, and exchanged. After the war, Jesse returned to his family in Augusta.

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Rolston Household

In these eight letters to his wife Mary Catharine, Jesse Rolston discusses his efforts to end his term of Confederate service and offers advice on managing the family farm.