A Guide to the Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence 1861-1865 Wall, Alexander Floyd, Correspondence, 1861-1865 Ms1982-007

A Guide to the Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence 1861-1865

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1982-007


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms1982-007
Title
Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence 1861-1865
Physical Characteristics
.01 cubic feet, 1 folder
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Wall, Alexander Floyd, Correspondence; 1861-1865; Ms1982-007; Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Biographical/Historical Information

Alexander Floyd Wall was a farmer in Montgomery County, Virginia.

Scope and Content Information

This collection consists of photocopies of four letters, 1862-65, three of which are from Wall to his brother-in-law, Waddy Thompson James (1836-1926 or 1931), a Captain of Company B and then Lieutenant Colonel of the 57th Virginia Infantry. Wall's letters describe conditions on his farm during the war, prices of crops, problems of getting supplies to soldiers, and the transfer of slaves. Company B, or the "Franklin Sharpshooters," was organized by James of men from Franklin County, Virginia. James was injured in the Battle of Malvern Hill (July 1862), resigned from service soon thereafter, and returned to his farm in Franklin County. The collection also includes one letter from James to his wife Jennie, written from Camp Belcher in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4, 1861, and biographical and military information about James and his career as a soldier. After the war James served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1864-78) and the Virginia Senate (1879-82) as a representative from Franklin County. Transcripts of the letters are available.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1-1
Correspondence to Jennie (wife) from W.T. James; Camp Belcher, Richmond, Virginia October 4, 1861

Death of two soldiers in his company due to sickness; move to Camp Belcher; unit not completely equipped; urges Jennie to visit him

Folder 1-1
Correspondence to "Brother Waddy" from Alexander Floyd Wall May 22, 1862

Purchase of a horse

Folder 1-1
Correspondence to "Col" from Alexander Floyd Wall, Matamoras, Montgomery County November 15, 1864

Corn and wheat harvest poor; difficult and expensive to buy corn and wheat; trouble with deserters

Folder 1-1
Correspondence to "Col" from Alexander Floyd Wall; Blacksburg, Montgomery County March 2, 1865

Severe winter; difficulty getting supplies; discusses transfer of slaves

Folder 1-1
Unit Roster

Part of roster of 57th Virginia Infantry" [from p. 66 of book:"57th Virginia Infantry" by Charles W. Sublett]

Folder 1-1
Service Records

Confederate service records, including copy of commission as Lt. Colonel [6 pages]

Folder 1-1
Obituary

Copy of obituary from unknown newspaper, 1931

Folder 1-1
Battle Report

Copy of "Report of Lieut. Col. Waddy T. James. Fifty-seventh Virginia Infantry, of the battle of Malvern Hill."