I know this may be a long shot. But the internet makes it possible. My grandfather told me about a civil war letter written by his grandfather J.M. Richardson during the civil war. He was from Pickens county Alabama. The letter was written from Grace's Church Va. dated May 16, 1863. The letter is, according to my grandfather James Pierce Richardson (died 12/89), to be in the possession of one J.M. Richardson of the Phelan neighborhood, Alabama and was given the letter by his Uncle J.M. Richardson of Pickens, County, Al. The letter reads: "Mother: I send you the portraits of the Yankee generals, some of whom we have fought and I expect to fight before this conflict ends. I found them on the battlefield of Chancellorsville, Va. Farewell, Mother, I have left you--FREEDOM'S Cause I must defend; and if I in battle perish, Trust in Heaven unto the end. My Country calls, and shall I falter; or refuse to lend a helping hand? No, as long as life endureth, I will fight for Southern Land." I would like to get a color printer copy of the letter and the photos attached if possible. My grandfather told me several stories about my great great grandfather about the civil war and battles he was in. He was evidently a sniper. If anyone knows this part of my family or knows about the letter, please let me know. Howard W. Van Winkle, Houston, Texas. My grandfather James Pierce was raised in Lytle, Texas, and is buried there.