A Guide to the Wingfield Family Papers, 1865 MS 73

A Guide to the Wingfield Family Papers, 1865

A Collection in
the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
Collection number MS 73


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Collection number
MS 73
Wingfield Family Papers, 1865
3 letters .
Wingfield Family

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Wingfield Family Papers, MS 73, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Virginia

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary Riviere

Biographical Information

John Richard Wingfield (1845-1931)was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, the son of Edward C. Wingfield (1820-1908) and Eliza M. Sims (1817-1896). He attended the Virginia Military Institute in July 1863, leaving in March 1864 to serve in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. He was wounded on May 7, 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness and did not rejoin his unit until February 1865. After the Civil War he studied at the University of Virginia and earned his degree in law in June 1872. After practicing as an attorney, he entered politics in 1881, first elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, then to the Virginia Senate, where he served from 1881-1886. In 1886 President Grover Cleveland appointed him Consul to Costa Rica, a position he held until 1889. After his retirement, he concentrated his efforts on farming at his family's home at "Woodlands" on Route 676 in Albemarle County, Virginia and continued to be active in local politics until his death in 1931. He was buried in the Wingfield family cemetery.

Scope and Content

This is a collection of three letters concerning John Richard Wingfield's rejoining the 2nd Virginia Cavalry after his wounding at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864.

Eliza M. Wingfield (1817-1896) to General Robert E. Lee, 11 February 1865, asking for light duty for her son John. Written from "Edgehill" in Albemarle County.

Lt. Col. Charles Marshall [aide to Lee] to [Eliza M. Wingfield], [14 February] 1865, in response to her 11 February letter. This letter is greatly damaged.

John Richard Wingfield to Eliza M. Wingfield, 21 February 1865, admonishing his mother for attempting to get him assigned to light duty. Written from Camp 2nd Va. Cav.

Index Terms


  • Wingfield, Eliza M., 1817-1896.
  • Wingfield, John Richard, 1845-1931.
  • Subjects:

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Geographical Names:

  • Albemarle County (Va.)