Wells, Robert J. Civil War Letter

A Guide to the Robert J. Wells Civil War Letter, 1864 Ms.2009.066


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2009.066
Title
Robert J. Wells Civil War Letter1864
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Wells, Robert J.
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Letter written by Robert J. Wells. Robert J. Wells enlisted on June 5, 1861 at Lynchburg, Virginia as a Private in Company H of the 24th Virginia Infantry. The letter is written to "Cousin Louise" and dates from November 30, 1864.

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Robert J. Wells Civil War Letter, Ms2009-066, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Robert J. Wells Civil War Letter was purchased for the Civil War collection Special Collections in 2006.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Robert J. Wells Civil War Letter was completed in May 2009.


Biographical Note

Robert J. Wells enlisted in Company H of the 24th Virginia Infantry as a Private in Lynchburg, Virginia on June 5, 1861. His residence was not listed. He was hospitalized in Richmond and Lynchburg in 1862. Wells was paroled on May 13, 1865.

Scope and Contents

Letter is written to "Cousin Louise" by Robert J. Wells on November 30, 1864. Wells writes about fighting a "Negro" regiment on the 28th of November and being shelled by "yanks." Wells also complains of his "Sweetheart" who has "been punishing me too greatly," saying she does not write to him often enough. This is too much to deal with among the other privations of camp life. Wells also mentions attempts to secure the effects of Cousin Louise's brother who was killed in battle. Wells discusses some expectation of getting his knapsack and sending it from Richmond. Wells closes the letter asking Cousin Lou to tell his "Sweet" that he has "always carried her with me." Wells mentions receiving a letter from Cousin Charley and gives his regards to Cousin Shug.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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Container List

folder 1
Letter
November 30, 1864