Union soldier Elisha Randolph (E.R.) Robinson was present at the Appomattox battlefield when Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered, and wrote about it the day before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
When it came to recounting and reflecting on his Civil War experiences, Robinson was a prolific writer to his family back home near Perry, NY. He sent 167 letters to his parents and siblings during his enlistment.
“The family kept them all,” says Paul Kelly.