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Letter. "J. B. M.," Camp Russell, near Winchester, Virginia, to "Dear Lady," Corning, New York
Though this letter obviously ended up in Stilson's hands, it was addressed not specifically to her but to "one of the Numerous Pretty Young Ladies of Corning." The author identifies himself only as J. B. M., a member of Troop L, 6th New York Cavalry, then attached to the Army of the Shenandoah. Asserting that his intentions are "no other than honorable," he describes himself, says he was formerly a resident of Corning, and asks that the recipient write him in return.