A Guide to the Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861 Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861 38889

A Guide to the Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 38889


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
38889
Title
Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861
Physical Characteristics
.55 cubic feet
Physical Location
State Records Collection, Dept. of Military Affairs (Record Group 46).
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861. Accession 38889, State Records Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Acquired prior to 1905 (no other acquisition information available).


Biographical/Historical Information

An ordinance to provide for the organization of the Provisional Army of Virginia was passed on April 27, 1861 by the Virginia Convention. Robert E. Lee was appointed "commander of the military and naval forces of Virginia" on April 23 with a commission as major general in the Provisional Army and the Volunteer Forces of Virginia. The Provisional Army was to consist of two regiments of artillery, eight regiments of infantry, a regiment of riflemen, and a regiment of cavalry. Only one battalion, however, the 1st Battalion Virginia Infantry (Irish Battalion), and one independent artillery company under Capt. Greenlee Davidson was recruited in 1861. Joseph Selden was nominated by Governor Letcher on the recommendation of Gen. Lee as Lt. Col. of Volunteers on April 17. Selden was later named superintendent of the recruiting service for the Provisional Army. On July 17, L.P. Walker, CSA Secretary of War, wrote to George W. Munford, Secretary of the Commonwealth, regarding the accounts of Joseph Selden and the recruiting service. In this letter, Walker ordered that the service be discontinued as the Confederate States relies on volunteer forces (War of the Rebellion, 4th Series, I:484). It appears that the recruiting service continued until the end of September 1861.

Scope and Content Information

Contains vouchers, accounts current, receipts, financial statements, correspondence, abstracts, returns, and musters of recruits. These materials were submitted to the Auditing Board by various recruiting officers of the Provisional Army of Virginia in 1861. The vouchers document the expenses incurred by these officers in performing their duty. The expenses include such items as room & board, transportation, printing posters, stationery, etc. The abstracts summarize the information from numerous vouchers and include the date of payment, on what account, and costs in dollars and cents. Noteworthy are the two musters of recruits. One of these musters was made by E.S. Hutter, Jr., and the other by William E. Harrison. The musters include the names of the recruits, rank, date of recruitment, place of enlistment, physical description (hair & eye color, height & weight), place of birth, occupation, and age.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by the name of the recruiting officer.

Contents List

Provisional Army of Virginia, Recruiting Officer Records, 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Barton, C.M., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Chilton, R.H., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Coltrane, B., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Dunn, Thomas R., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Gibson, William E., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Gregory, W.R., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    Harrison, William E., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    Hart, T.G., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    Harvie, J.B., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    Horner, George B., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 11
    Hutter, E.S., Jr., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 12
    Jones, James Y., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 13
    Ker, James, 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 14
    McCarty, J.W., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 15
    Overton, William, 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 16
    Selden, J., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 17
    Slaughter, P.P., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 18
    Tabb, W.B., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 19
    Turner, J.A., 1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 20
    Williams, L.R., 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Barton, C.M. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Coltrane, B.E. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Gibson, W.E. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    Hart, T.G. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    Harrison, William E. - Recruits enlisted for the Provisional Army (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    Horner, George B. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    Hutter, E.S., Jr. - Recruits enlisted for the Provisional Army (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Jones, James Y. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    McCarty, J.W. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    Selden, J. - Quarterly return of stores (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    Selden, J. - Statement of funds (Oversize), 1861
  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    Turner, T.A. - Accounts current (Oversize), 1861