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September 11, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mystery: An Old Soldier


Soldiers’ Home, Richmond, Virginia

Some Virginia veterans found companionship and were cared for in their old age at the Soldiers’ Home in Richmond. Others remained with their families.

On Thursday, June 1, 1905, Richmond’s The Times-Dispatch ran the following personal advertisement:

WANTED – PARTIALLY BLIND LITERARY man, old, feeble, lives in country; he wants settled gentleman or lady to read and write for him; must be able to write from dictation and spell well and write legible hand; employer is poor, but comfortably situated.  Write, stating compensation expected, which must be moderate; less half time occupied; family small; Episcopalians; neighborhood P.O. Buckingham county, Va. Quiet good; references exchanged. Captain DAVID ROSCOE, R.F.D. Axtell.

Hopefully, Capt. Roscoe found someone close to home who met his requirements.

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader recognize Capt. David Roscoe?

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