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Collection Number Ms2008-070
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Processed by: Emily Cook, Special Collections Staff
Collection is open to research.
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The A. H. and William Gibboney Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 1993.
The processing and description of the A. H. and William Gibboney Letter occurred in September, 2008.
The Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad was created in 1870, after much lobbying by Confederate General William Mahone, by the merger of the Norfolk and Petersburg, the Southside, and the Virginia and Tennessee Railroads. The Panic of 1873 disquieted bondholders, which inevitably led to the AM&O's purchase by a Philadelphia investment banking firm in 1881 who renamed it the Norfolk and Western Railroad. After filing for bankruptcy, the Norfolk and Western Railroad was incorporated as the Norfolk and Western Railway Company in 1896.
The A. H. and William Gibboney Letter consists of one handwritten missive sent from Tazewell, Virginia, by A. H. and William Gibboney to W. R. Wharton, Esquire and concerns the nonpayment of certain workers that left the corps of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The letter is believed to relate to the Norfolk & Western, though it makes no explicit mention of any railroad by name. The Gibboneys also ask to first receive payments due to money already forwarded to former workers. Mentioned individuals include: Captain DeRusey, Major Dade, Rees Bandy, Rees Crockett, and Jim Heath.