A Guide to the George W. Rosenberger Papers, 1854-1884 Rosenberger, George W., Papers mss 00387

A Guide to the George W. Rosenberger Papers, 1854-1884

A Collection in
Virginia Military Institute Archives
Collection Number mss 00387


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Collection number
mss 00387
George W. Rosenberger Papers, 1854-1884
Physical Characteristics
The collection contains approximately 32 items filed in one box.

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

George W. Rosenberger Papers, mss 00387, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Lexington, VA 24450

Biographical/Historical Information

George W. Rosenberger was born on February 23, 1823 at "Rosendale", his family's farm in Rockingham County, Virginia. He was one of the pioneers in the breeding of fine stock in Rockingham County, and as early as 1842 began raising improved breeds of cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry. From 1866 to 1876 he sold full-bred Cotswold sheep and shorthorn cattle.

Rosenberger married Barbara Ann Kagey (b. 1830 d. 1887) on October 16, 1845. The couple had 8 children--William, Jacob, Frances, Florence, Martha, Arthur, Georgia, and Charles. He died on November 9, 1902, in Rockingham County.

Scope and Content Information

The George W. Rosenberger Papers consist of miscellaneous documents and photographs relating to Rosenberger, his family, and the operation of his cattle breeding operation at the family farm,"Rosendale", located in Rockingham County, Virginia. Included are papers documenting the breeding and sale of cattle, 1854-1870's; Confederate government "tax in kind" assessment documents, 1864; miscellaneous Civil War documents, largely pertaining to Rosenberger's hiring of Abner Canada to serve as his substitute in Confederate Army; one Confederate bond, 1863, (500 dollar denomination); and photographs and albums including images of family members and family property.

Contents List

Civil War Papers, 1861-1865

This series includes documents relating to the hiring of Abner Canada as a substitute for George W. Rosenberger in military service; Confederate bond, 1863 ($500); two Confederate "tax in kind" documents assessing payment in wheat, corn, potatoes, and hay.

Papers relating to Stock Raising, 1854-1884

This series includes correspondence, advertisements, and pedigree information relating primarily to Rosenberger's shorthorn cattle.

Photographs and Photograph Albums, 1860's-1880's

Includes photographs of individual family members and family groups; "Rosendale" and other family property; friends.