A Guide to the Atwell W. Robertson Letter, 1863 Robertson, Atwell W. Letter Ms2015-055

Atwell W. Robertson Letter, 1863

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2015-055


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

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2015-055
Title
Atwell W. Robertson Letter, 1863
Physical Description
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Robertson, Atwell W., b. abt. 1832
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes a letter from Atwell W. Robertson to Captain William C. Jeffress, written from Jenning's Ordinary, Virginia (Nottoway County) in July 1863. The majority of the letter includes news from home about Robertson's family, common friends, and information about local farming.

Administration Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Atwell W. Robertson Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Atwell W. Robertson Letter, Ms2015-055, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Atwell W. Robertson Letter was purchased by Special Collections in February 2015.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Atwell W. Robertson Letter was completed in November 2015.


Biographical Information

Atwell W. Robertson was probably born between 1833 and 1836, according to various census and marriage records. In December 1855, he married Pattie A. Jennings (the 1860 census lists his spouse as Martha A. Robertson and it is unclear if this is the same woman). In June 1861, he enlisted with the Nottoway Light Artillery. By February 1862, he was a 1st Sergeant; in May of that year, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Atwell was AWOL from his regiment for the month of June (shortly before the letter was written, which apparently included a resignation), but he appears to have been back with the artillery a short time later. He was recorded as missing and wounded in action near Atlanta, Georgia, in July of 1864, but was eventually found and sent to the hospital at Forsythe, Georgia, where he died on August 23, 1864. His name appears on the Confederate monument at Nottoway Court House, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The collection includes a letter from Atwell W. Robertson to Captain William C. Jeffress, written from Jenning's Ordinary, Virginia (Nottoway County) in July 1863. The majority of the letter includes news from home about Robertson's family, common friends, and information about local farming. In the middle, however, Robertson makes reference to his absence from the regiment, noting "I told my wife the other day that I was going back in service she said if I did go back she was going to write to you to send me back home Capt if it was not for my wife and children I would be with you now. I cannot leave my wife and children any more." A few lines later he writes "Enclose you will find my resignation." Robertson also added a post script which reads, "If the resignation will not do, alter it so it will do[.]"

In June of 1863, Robertson was noted as AWOL, though from the letter, it appears he intended to resign. The collection does not include the resignation and based on regimental records, it was likely not accepted, since Robertson was back with his regiment a short time later. The letter ends with Robertson sharing news about the war and suggesting he intends to visit the regiment in the future, if possible.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1863