A Guide to the Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence, 1861-1862 Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence Ms2013-029

Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence, 1861-1862

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Collection Number Ms2013-029


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-029
Title
Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence, 1861-1862
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Physical Characteristics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
The Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence collection consists of 19 letters by 17 soldiers, dated between 1861 and 1862. Letters were written by soldiers stationed in and around Alexandria and Fairfax counties and Washington, DC in the first 12-16 months of the Civil War.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence, Ms2013-029, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence was donated to Special Collections by Michael S. Mitchell in July 2013. Additional donations are expected in the future.

Alternate Form Available

Letters and any available transcripts have been digitized and are available online.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence was completed in October 2013.


Biographical Note

See individual creators in the "Contents List" below for available biographical information.

Scope and Content

The Alexandria and Fairfax Counties [Virginia] Civil War Correspondence collection consists of 19 letters by 17 soldiers, and the letters date from 1861 and 1862 and were written by soldiers stationed in and around Alexandria and Fairfax counties and Washington, DC in the first 12-16 months of the Civil War. The majority of the letters were written to family members and contain mostly news from home, camp life, and local events. However, most letters also include some piece of war news or battle/skirmish description and opinions about the war. Some letters include transcripts.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by creator's last name.

Index Terms

    Persons (Creators):

  • Baskin, J. T.
  • Cole, Henry
  • Cole, Luther
  • Davis, George E.
  • Dixon, William D.
  • Gerry, C.E.
  • Gregory, W. B., (William Bartleman?), 1829-1887
  • Lukens, Franklin B.
  • Miller, Henry
  • Nickerson, Melville P.
  • Penman, Abraham
  • Rappleyea, Jeremiah C.
  • Stewart, Peter
  • Turrill, Reuben
  • Van Fleet, Abraham
  • Subjects:

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

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online. Individual links to items are also in the contents list below.

Box-folder 1-1
Baskin, J. T., October 3, 1861
Scope and Content

J. T. Baskin, a Confederate soldier, wrote a letter to his sister on October 3, 1861, describing the Yankees advance and how they are much stronger. He talks about marching, and the sickness that has traveled through the camp. He also describes some of his daily experiences such as guard duty. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-2
Cole, Henry & Luther, August-October 1861
Scope and Content

This folder includes three letters written from two brothers to their sister Annie. The first letter is written from Henry and Luther on August 2, 1861, and is written on stationary with a picture of the United States Capitol on it. They describe life in their squad, and how their cabin is set up. The second letter was written on August 2, 1861 by brother Henry. Henry describes the weather and his assignments, and he also describes his food that he gets to eat. The third letter was written by brother Henry on October 9, 1861. He describes their location and what is in his haversacks, and he also gives a description of the landscape around him. Transcripts included.

Box-folder 1-3
Davis, George E., March 19, 1862
Biographical Note

George E. Davis enlisted with Company F, Harris Light Cavalry in September 1861. He died June 22, 1863 in an Alexandria hospital, from wounds received in action.

Scope and Content

This letter was written by George E. Davis on March 19, 1862 to his Father and Mother. On the letter is a picture of George Washington with the inscription "The Father of our Country." He tells his family that as soon as he gets paid he will send money home. He also describes his movement from camp to camp. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-4
Dixon, William D., November 20, 1861
Scope and Content

This letter was written on November 20, 1861 by William D. Dixon to his wife Martha. He says that he hopes to return home soon, and that he sent her money. He then describes the weather and how the cold effects him, but that he is healthy. He also asks her to give messages to several family members. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-5
Gerry, C. E., September 22, 1861
Scope and Content

This letter was written by C. E. Gerry on September 22, 1861 to his friend George. He says it will be a quick letter, and that he has has run out of stamps. He describes some of the other "boys", and he asks George to write back soon. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-6
Gregory, W. B., January-March 1862
Biographical Note

William Bartleman Gregory served as an Assistant Surgeon (and later Surgeon) for several regiments from Alabama and Georgia during the Civil War. Prior the war, Gregory studied and practiced medicine in Alexandria, Virginia. He returned to Alexandria and resumed his career following his parole in 1865. He died in 1887 and is buried in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sources: Find a Grave

Scope and Content

W. B. Gregory wrote two letters to Bill in 1862. In the first letter which is written on January 29, 1862. He describes the delay of mail and how he has not received mail lately. He asks several questions about Bill and Lizzie. He closes the letter by asking Bill to send him some items such as pantaloons, tobacco, and stamps. The second letter was written on March 4, 1862. He starts the letter by discussing by describing life in the quarter. He tells what he has done in the last several weeks, and he closes asking if he can find out if the tailor in Culpeper can make a Confederate uniform coat. Transcripts included.

Box-folder 1-7
Lukens, Franklin B., December 9, 1861
Biographical Note

Franklin B. Lukens served in Company E of the 3rd Regiment, New Jersey Infantry.

Scope and Content

F. B. Lukens wrote a letter to his mother and father on December 9, 1861. The letter is short and he mentions that there is a man missing who has not been found. He talks about a woman who is a Secessionist and her slaves. He closes by asking them to write soon. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-8
Miller, Henry, October 13, 1861
Scope and Content

This letter is written by Henry Miller to his friend on October 13, 1861. He says we spend most of our time cutting down trees. He describes their his daily tasks and military procedures. He closes by saying they are camped 12 miles outside of Washington in Virginia. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-9
Nickerson, Melville P., September 21/24, 1861
Biographical Note

Melville P. Nickerson served in the 2nd Regiment, Maine Infantry.

Scope and Content

Melville Nickerson, of the 2nd Maine Infantry, wrote a long letter to his sister on September 21, 1861. He starts off the letter saying it will be a long letter, and then on September 24th he adds that he had not had a chance to write again because he was on duty and the rest of the letter is added on then. He has been working on cutting down trees so they have better range with their guns. The letter is written with an old fashioned quill pen. He describes some of the other letters he has received. He also talks about his travel through Boston. Transcript included.

Box-folder 1-10
Penman, Abraham, October 13-14, 1861
Biographical Note

Abraham Penman served in the 12th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (41st Volunteers).

Scope and Content

Abraham Penman wrote a letter to his wife on October 13, 1861. He says there numbers are increasing daily, and describes how their camp is set up. On the 14th, he adds he received a letter from her and is happy that everything is going well at home.

Box-folder 1-11
Rappleyea, Jeremiah C., February 16, 1862
Biographical Note

Jeremiah C. Rappleyea served in the 1st Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, Company H.

Scope and Content

J.C. Rappleyea wrote a letter to his mother on February 16, 1862, and also included with this letter is the envelope it was mailed in. He tells his mother about the weather and his location, and says he is happy she made it safely to his Uncle Josey's. He says they may be ordered to move to Kentucky soon and if so he will see fighting. The next time he is paid he will send some to his mother. He closes by saying he must go to church and includes a verse from a hymn.

Box-folder 1-12
Stewart, Peter, September 18, 1861
Biographical Note

Peter Stewart enlisted in the 79th NY Highland Guard with his brother, William, in May 1861.

Scope and Content

Peter Stewart's letter is to his sister and was written on September 18, 1861. He says he is in good health but ahs not written often because the company has had hard times. He mentions Bull Run. He describes a skirmish, and mentions William and his good health. He closes by saying he hopes the war doesn't last much longer and that he has to go back to work.

Box-folder 1-13
Turrill, Reuben, March 7, 1862
Scope and Content

Reuben Turrill's letter is written to his Uncle and Aunt Covill on March 7, 1862. He describes the brigade drill he has been participating in, and says they should receive orders soon. He says he likes being a soldier more than he thought he would, but still it is not the life he wants. The envelope is included with the letter. Transcript Included.

Box-folder 1-14
Van Fleet, Abraham, September 1861
Scope and Content

Abraham Van Fleet wrote two letters to his parents in September 1861. The first letter was written on September 10, 1861, and the envelope is included with the letter. He describe his daily duties such as picket guard, and says the rebels fired cannons at them. He says as soon as he gets his pay he will send as much as he can spare to them. The second letter was written on September 30, 1861. He says that they have possession of Rebel entrenchments and describes how they got them. He says he also sent them the Baltimore Clipper which describes how they took the Hills. Transcripts included.

Box-folder 1-15
[Unknown], Jonathan, August 26, 1861
Scope and Content

This letter is written by Jonathan [Unknown] to Sallie and was written on August 26, 1861. He starts off saying that he knows she complains he doesn't write often but he writes as often as he could. She wants to visit him, but he says as happy as that would make him there is no where for them to stay. He talks about the clothing she sent him. He says the health of his regiment is not good and several have died of pneumonia. He says that he thinks they will advance on Washington soon. He tells her to give his love to several people. Transcript included.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Baskin, J. T.
  • Cole, Henry
  • Cole, Luther
  • Davis, George E.
  • Dixon, William D.
  • Gerry, C.E.
  • Gregory, W. B., (William Bartleman?), 1829-1887
  • Lukens, Franklin B.
  • Miller, Henry
  • Nickerson, Melville P.
  • Penman, Abraham
  • Rappleyea, Jeremiah C.
  • Stewart, Peter
  • Turrill, Reuben
  • Van Fleet, Abraham