A Guide to the A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815 A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815 1097497, 1097496, 1097498

A Guide to the A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815

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the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers: 1097497, 1097496, 1097498


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The Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers
1097494, 1097496, 1097498
A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815
Physical Characteristics
3 v.
Lynchburg (Va.) Circuit Court
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815. Local government records collection, Lynchburg (Va.) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Lynchburg.

Historical Information

The A. J. Ledgers were created by an unidentified merchant operating in Lynchburg, Va., during the early 19th century.

Scope and Content

A. J. Ledgers, 1812-1815, consist of the following three volumes: Ledger B, 1812-1813, Ledger C, 1813-1814, and Ledger D, 1814-1815. The ledgers record the accounts of individual customers, with accounts carried over to the next ledger once a volume was completed. Information found in each entry includes customer name, date of transaction, amounts owed, and amounts paid. Purchases were listed as "to sundries" with no other details provided. The ledgers were also used to document the financial activities of the business with account entries for interest earned, bank deposits, tobacco crops, merchandise purchases, and profits and loss statements. Ledger B indicates that accounts were carried over from an unidentified Ledger A; similarly, Ledger D makes reference to an unidentified Ledger E.

Scattered throughout A. J. Ledger C are various doodles and signatures that can be attributed to the 206th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. On 3 April 1865, the troop was among the first to enter Richmond. The regiment was then sent to Lynchburg for provost duty. During this time, the regiment documented their actions in Richmond in A. J. Ledger C. Many members of the regiment signed their names in the ledger. Lieutenant Abraham E. Litz wrote an account of their march on Richmond in the volume: "The first Reg to march through its streets was the 206 PA Vols. Inft. And camped in the City Poor House, used by the C.S. as a military institute. But the first Regt. to enter the City was a Regt. of Darkeys, who stacked around in the suburbs of the city until after the 206 PA Vols. paraded through the city at 8:15 a.m."

Index Terms


  • Merchants--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Tobacco--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Business records--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Ledgers (account books)--Virginia--Lynchburg.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Lynchburg.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Lynchburg (Va.)--History--19th century.