A Guide to the William L. Colley Letter, 1861 Colley, William L. Letter Ms2018-007

A Guide to the William L. Colley Letter, 1861

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2018-007


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2018 (CC0).

Processed by: Jeff Felton, Graduate Intern, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2018-007
Title
William L. Colley Letter, 1861
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 Folder
Creator
Colley, William L. (William Lewis) (45th Regiment, Virgina Infanry/1st Virginia Cavalry)
Language
English
Abstract
Letter from William Lewis Colley to sister, written from a hospital around Winchester, VA, September 3d, 1861. In the letter Colley describes how he accidentally shot off his little finger on his left hand while on picket duty on Millwood Pike near the Opequon River four miles from Winchester.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from William L. Colley Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: William L. Colley Letter, Ms2018-007, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The William L. Colley Letter was purchased by Special Collections in November 2014.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William L. Colley Letter was completed in September, 2018.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter from William Lewis Colley written from a hospital around Winchester, VA, September 3d, 1861, to his sister. In the letter, Colley describes how he accidentally shot off his little finger on his left hand while on picket duty on Millwood Pike near the Opequon River four miles from Winchester. The letter is very descriptive of the injury to his finger and exactly which joints and bones were affected. Colley also related how Federal troops advanced toward them only to fall back. Colley believed he would get a furlough on account of his wound but did not want to stay at the hospital but would return to his regiment. He tells his sister that he would stay with a Capt Preston, quartermaster of the 37th VA Regiment.

Related Material

Special Collections also contains a collection of materials relating to William Colley's brother, Thomas, which includes additional letters by William: Thomas W. Colley Collection, Ms2003-017, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. Finding aid available online.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Confederate States of America
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Infantry Regiment, 45th
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Geographical Names:

  • Washington County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1861

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Colley, William L. (William Lewis) (45th Regiment, Virgina Infanry/1st Virginia Cavalry)