Thursday, April 16, 2009

Library book returned after 145 years

A library book stolen by a US soldier during the War to Prevent Southern Independence has been returned, 145 years later, in good shape other than a loose binding. US soldier CS Gates took the book on June 11, 1864 from the library of Washington College, before the raiding party of the Army of West Virginia General David Hunter burned the college. Mike Dau, who inherited the book more than 20 years ago from the estate of Myron and Isabel Gates, descendants of CS Gates, recently returned Volume 1 of "History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814" to the Washington and Lee University library in Lexington, Virginia. He was glad he wasn't responsible for any fines!

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