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

Letters & Diaries


Samuel Franklin Carson (1861-1865)

Samuel Franklin Carson was a Confederate officer during the war. He was a member of Company D 5th Virginia Infantry and fought with that unit until he was captured and placed in a prisoner of war camp in 1864. As a prisoner he would become one of the “Immortal 600,” a group of Confederate officers who received extremely harsh treatment by their Union captors as retribution for similar treatment allegedly given to Union prisoners.

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Carson Family

A collection of letters, mostly written by Carson, while serving as a Confederate officer during the war. Includes descriptions of life as a soldier and officer, and also as a prisoner of war. Most of the letters in this collection are addressed to Annie Harris.