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

Letters & Diaries


Evans-Sibert Family (1856-1861)

The Sibert family lived in Mount Solon in Augusta County, Virginia. The Siberts made their living in the iron business. Mary Anna Sibert, known as “Mollie,” married David H. Evans in 1870. After their marriage, he lived with her family in Augusta County.

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Evans-Sibert Family

These letters to Mary Anna “Mollie” Sibert reveal the concerns of young adults on the eve of war. Ella writes to Mollie about mutual friends and Samuel B. Coyner discusses his past follies and current sobriety in “the company” while John J. Sibert mentions John Brown’s cruelties in Kansas.