A Guide to the James M. Jeffries Collection, 1865, 1908? Jeffries, James M., Collection Ms2010-009

A Guide to the James M. Jeffries Collection, 1865, 1908?

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-009


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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
James M. Jeffries Collection, 1865, 1908?
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
The collection contains a newspaper article about James M. Jeffries and the parole document from his date of parole from Appomattox, April 10, 1865.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the James M. Jeffries Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: James M. Jeffries Collection, Ms2010-009, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The James M. Jeffries Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1999.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the James M. Jeffries Collection commenced and was completed in March, 2010.

Biographical/Historical Information

James M. Jeffries was a cadet of the Virginia Military Institute at the opening of the Civil War and went to Richmond to drill army recruits. Jeffries enlisted in the 24th Virginia Cavalry on August 1, 1863. He is noted as having a surgeon's certificate. Jeffries received a series of promotions from second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and finally to captain of Company E. He was paroled with Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox on April 10, 1865.

On April 9, 1865, Appomattox Court House, General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, totaling approximately 30,000 soldiers, surrendered to three Federal armies commanded by Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. In a second meeting between the two generals on the morning of April 10, Lee, concerned about the safety of his men as they traveled to their homes, requested that his soldiers be issued proof of their status as paroled prisoners of war. By the terms of this agreement, the men were entitled to travel unharmed through areas where fighting was still going on.

Sources and additional information: Holland, Darryl. 24th Virginia Cavalry. Lynchburg, VA: H. E. Howard, 1997. Appomattox Court House National Park: http://www.nps.gov/apco/index.htm

Scope and Content

The collection contains a mounted parole document from the Appomattox Court House dated April 10, 1865 and a mounted newspaper clipping about James M. Jeffries. The article discusses Jeffries war-time experiences.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms


  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Parole document, 1865
Folder 1
Newspaper article, 1908?