Tarr, Horace G. Letter

G. Horace Tarr Letter, 1863 Ms.1987.028


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1987.028
Title
G. Horace Tarr Letter,1863
URL:
http://search.vaheritage.org/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv00115.xml
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Tarr, G. Horace, 1844-1922
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The G. Horace Tarr Letter, written May 4, 1863, gives a detailed eye-witness account of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], G. Horace Tarr Letter, Ms1987-028, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The G. Horace Tarr Letter was acquired by Special Collection prior to 1987.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the G. Horace Tarr Letter was completed in 1987. Additional description was completed in April 2011.


Biographical Note

G. Horace Tarr (also Horace G. Tarr and Horace G. H. Tarr) was born about 1844 in Missouri. He enlisted with Company K. 20th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Volunteers in September 1862, around the age 17. Following Chancellorville, he was promoted to Sergeant Major; following Gettysburg, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He later served as Captain of Company F during the Atlanta campaign. He mustered out June 13, 1865. Following the war, Tarr worked as a engineer and manager for a series of businesses, including two iron companies (an industry in which his family was well established) and later, Otis Elevator Co., and several water utilities. By 1886, he was married with six children. Tarr died on March 2, 1922, at his home in Philadelphia. Although 78 years old at the time, he was still actively employed with the R. D. Wood & Co.

Tarr's name appears in 1863 and 1885 correspondence between Walt Whitman and his brother, Thomas Jefferson Whitman that suggests the Whitmans were on friendly terms with Moses Lane (1823-1882) (Tarr's uncle), and later Tarr himself.

Scope and Contents

The G. Horace Tarr Letter collection contains a letter dated May 4, 1863, giving a detailed eye-witness account of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863
  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the G. Horace Tarr Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Letter,
1863