A Guide to the Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence, 1861-1865 Wall, Alexander Floyd, Correspondence 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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2019 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Laura Katz Smith, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1982-007
Title
Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence, 1861-1865
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet; 1 folder
Creator
Wall, Alexander Floyd, 1826-1899
Creator
James, Waddy Thompson, 1836-1926 or 1931
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of letters from Alexander Floyd Wall to Waddy Thompson James, describing conditions on his farm during the American Civil War, prices of crops, problems of getting supplies to soldiers, and the transfer of slaves. 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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence, Ms1982-007, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence was donated to Special Collections in April 1982.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Alexander Floyd Wall Correspondence was completed prior to 2001.


Biographical Note

Alexander Floyd Wall was a farmer in Montgomery County, Virginia. Wall's brother-in-law Waddy Thompson James (1836-1926 or 1931) was a Captain of Company B and then Lieutenant Colonel of the 57th Virginia Infantry. He organized Company B, or the "Franklin Sharpshooters," 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. After the war, James served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1864-1878) and the Virginia Senate (1879-1882) as a representative from Franklin County.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photocopies of four letters, 1862-1865, three of which are from Wall to Waddy Thompson James. Wall's letters describe conditions on his farm during the American Civil War, prices of crops, problems of getting supplies to soldiers, and the transfer of slaves. 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. Transcripts of the letters are available.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


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
Letter to Jennie (wife) from W.T. James, Camp Belcher, Richmond, Virginia, 1861-10-04
Scope and Contents note

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
Letter to "Brother Waddy" from Alexander Floyd Wall, 1862-05-22
Scope and Contents note

Purchase of a horse

Folder 1
Letter to "Col" from Alexander Floyd Wall, Matamoras, Montgomery County, 1864-11-15
Scope and Contents note

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

Folder 1
Letter to "Col" from Alexander Floyd Wall, Blacksburg, Montgomery County, 1865-03-02
Scope and Contents note

Severe winter; difficulty getting supplies; discusses transfer of slaves

Folder 1
Part of unit roster of 57th Virginia Infantry [from 57th Virginia Infantry by Charles W. Sublett, p. 66]
Folder 1
Confederate service records, including copy of commission as Lt. Colonel [6 pages]
Folder 1
Copy of obituary from unknown newspaper, 1931
Folder 1
Copy of "Report of Lieut. Col. Waddy T. James. Fifty-seventh Virginia Infantry, of the battle of Malvern Hill"

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • James, Waddy Thompson, 1836-1926 or 1931
  • Wall, Alexander Floyd, 1826-1899