Discovery! During the restoration in 2003 of the Hopkins ancestral home, “Cave Hill,” in Rockingham County, the owners discovered a cache of letters and Confederate money hidden in a wall. The letters were penned by family members in 1863 and 1864 in the midst of the Civil War. Although damaged by weather, critters, and time, the stories of families separated, soldiers in battle, scarcity, fear, and bravery, along with a bit of romance, are revealed in these writings posted between Middleburg, Virginia, and Cave Hill, as well as military camps. The Hopkins men and their friends wrote from the battlefields while the women describe home and family, notably the effect of Mosby’s Raiders and the Yankees on daily civilian life in Middleburg as the War was wearing on.
The letters now rest in The Heritage Museum archives and are available for research purposes. Link to Finding Aid: HRHS-130 John L Hopkins Collection