States: Virginia: Nelson
The Rittenhouse manuscript is in the Nelson County Library right near the two filing cabinets that house the files of the Nelson County Historical Society. I have read part of the manuscript. The Rittenhouse family were neighbors of my family. He wrote a "brutal" description of my ancestor (Zachariah David Phillips) who lived next door (within a couple of miles) with his wife and boys. He also described the years immediately following the civil war and the times were brutal to say the least. There were no jobs and no money. The farmers had no help, a lot of homes and property had been destroyed. The manuscript is very valuable as a description of those times.
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