A Guide to the Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer, 1863-1865 Diffenderfer, Camilla, Letters to Ms2015-004

Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer, 1863-1865

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2015-004


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2015-004
Title
Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer, 1863-1865
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Chapman, George Henry, 1832-1882
creator
Yeagel, A. H. , Company I, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes two pieces of correspondence to Camilla Diffenderfer from 1863 and 1865. One is an invitation from Gen. George Henry Chapman and the other is a letter from A.H. Yeagel.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer, Ms2015-004, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The items in the collections were purchased by Special Collections in January, 2015.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Letters to Camilla Diffenderfer was completed in February, 2015.


Biographical Note

Camilla Diffenderfer was born in Virginia, census records suggest a birthdate of either 1842 or 1850. It is unclear which is correct. In 1870, she was still living with her family in Winchester, Va. Some sources spell the last name "Dieffenderfer."

Originally a sailor, Major General George Henry Chapman (1832-1882) led troops at Gettysburg and Muddy Run, and had been wounded at Winchester in 1864 while commanding cavalry. For more information on George Henry Chapman check this link.

Captain A.H. Yeagel, served with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. I, 66th Regt., 1st Brig., 2nd Div., 12th Corps.

Scope and Content

The collection includes two pieces of correspondence to Camilla Diffenderfer from 1863 and 1865. One is an invitation from Gen. George Henry Chapman and the other is a letter from A.H. Yeagel. Yeagel's letter of Feb. 26, 1863 was written near Dumfries, Virginia. The letter discusses Winchester, Virginia, the state of the war (stating "I think we are gaining ground if it is Slow if the Union army is successful at Vicksburg and Charleston, the war is over..."), and a personal note to her sister Lottie. This letter includes the original envelope with the address, "Third door from the Jail, Winchester, Va.” The other item in the collection is an invitation from the general for Tuesday evening, March 21, 1865.

Arrangement

The items in this folder are arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Diffenderfer, Camilla R., b.1842
  • Subjects:

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

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter and envelope, 1863
Folder 1
Invitation and envelope, 1865

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Chapman, George Henry, 1832-1882
  • Diffenderfer, Camilla R., b.1842
  • Yeagel, A. H. , Company I, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry