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In 1854, a young couple stepped off a train in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their names were Jane Renwick Smedberg and John Wilkes. Family and friends called them Jeanie and Jack. The bride had grown up in New York City, and the groom had grown up in Washington, DC, until he joined the Navy in his teens.
Their story is told in family letters that were donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by their granddaughter, Julia Settle Wilkes Black. It is a story of four families and the love of a young American couple set against the backdrop of one of the most fascinating times in United States history.
The letter shown here is a "crossed letter." Find out more about this style of letter-writing.
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