I have a framed love letter and photo of a young woman identified as Margaret Ann Hoover from Shenandoah Valley, VA.The letter is of Margaret Ann writing to William Coffman.The transcript with the letter says William Coffman was a Confederate teamster in Maryland at the time the letter was written, Feb. 8, 1864.
Am willing to share a transcript of the love letter and a copy of the photo with any interested descendants.I am also hoping someone can help identify the soldier.Two possibilities are:
First and most likely due to the teamster/wagoner connection:
William T. Coffman Residence Rockingham County, VA; Enlisted on 4/18/1861 at Conrad's Store, VA as a Private.
On 4/18/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. VA 10th Infantry (date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as: * Detailed 8/15/1861 (place not stated) (As Laborer on Railroad) * Detailed 1/15/1862 (place not stated) (Wagoner) * POW 4/6/1865 Farmville, VA * Confined 5/14/1865 Point Lookout, MD * Oath Allegiance 6/10/1865 (place not stated)
Promotions: * Wagoner
Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * from company I to Field & Staff
The second (note the assignment to work a farm in the Shenandoah Valley):
William McK Coffman
Residence not listed; Enlisted on 4/18/1861 at Harrisonburg, VA as a Private.
On 4/18/1861 he mustered into "B" Co. VA 10th Infantry He was discharged on 12/2/1861 (Apparently assigned to work a Shenandoah Valley Farm)
On 4/10/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. VA 10th Infantry (date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as: * Absent, sick 7/30/1862 (place not stated) * Returned 1/15/1863 (place not stated) * Paroled 5/2/1865 Harrisonburg, VA
He was described at enlistment as: 5' 15", light complexion, grey eyes, light hair