A Guide to the Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865 Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865 1154869

A Guide to the Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865

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Barcode number: 1154869


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode number
1154869
Title
Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865
Physical Characteristics
10 p.
Collector
Rockbridge County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Location
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865. Local government records collection, Rockbridge County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came in a transfer of court papers from Rockbridge County.


Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Rockbridge County (Va.) Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865, consist of four letters written by Confederate servicemen.

Letter, 1861, May 12, written by an unidentified soldier who served in Colonel Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Stonewall Brigade. He was writing from Mountain Top near Harpers Ferry. The soldier wrote about the brigade's movements towards Harpers Ferry, their readiness to fight Federal troops, sleeping in leaky tents, personal matters, and a meeting between twenty members of the Maryland legislature and Stonewall Jackson. The writer did not know what was discussed at the meeting.

Letter, 1861 Oct. 31, written by John Miller, a Confederate officer, to an unidentified official. He was writing from the "Top of Allegheny." In the letter, Miller addressed a rumour floating among his men that the allowance to their families had ended because they were now receiving pay. Miller informed the offical if the rumour was true to restore the allowance because no pay had been received.

Letter, 1862 May 16, written by Alg. S. Wade, a Confederate soldier, to Joseph G. Steele, Circuit Court Clerk of Rockbridge County. Wade wanted to Steele to assist him in being transferred (or discharged) so that he could accept an unknown position with Adolph Elhart. Wade believed that his request should be accepted stating that he had fulfilled his service time in the Confederate army and he has three brothers in the service. Wade adds a sarcastic remark writing that his brother Ben thinks that Jefferson Davis wants to wipe out the whole family.

Letter, 1864 March 5, written by E. M. Walden, a Confederate soldier, to his unidentified sister. Walden, who served in the 28th Georgia Regiment, was writing from his camp near Jacksonville, Florida. He informed his sister that he was doing well, the health and spirit of the regiment was good. Despite the fact the troops were living on cold corn bread and pickled pork, Wade wrote his sister that "we can live on bread and whip the Yankees and Yankee Negroes." He informs his sister that they recently fought the Union forces and sent them in retreat to Jacksonville perhaps referring to the Battle of Olustee. Wade told his sister that he was sending her and someone named Margaret ten dollars each. He encouraged them to spend it soon or use them to purchase confederate bonds since the money will be worthless in April.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863.
  • Corporate Names:

  • Rockbridge County (Va.) Circuit Court.
  • Subjects:

  • Olustee, Battle of, Olustee, Fla., 1864.
  • Soldiers.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
  • Rockbridge County -- History -- 19th century.
  • Rockbridge County -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Letters (correspondence) -- Virginia -- Rockbridge County.
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Rockbridge County.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Harpers Ferry (W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
  • Rockbridge County -- History -- 19th century.
  • Rockbridge County -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.