Petersburg, Virginia, Letter A Collection in Special Collections

Petersburg, Virginia, Letter, 1864 Ms.2011.098

A Collection in Special Collections


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Petersburg, Virginia, Letter,1864
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
English .
The collection consists of one letter from "Edward." He wrote to his cousin Sarah from camp at Petersburg in 1864.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Petersburg, Virginia, Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Petersburg, Virginia, Letter, Ms2011-098, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections purchased the Petersburg, Virginia, Letter in September 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Petersburg, Virginia, Letter was completed in October 2011.

Biographical Note

The letter is signed by "Edward," apparently the cousin of Sarah Hoyt; however, his surname and other service information is unknown.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letter from "Edward." He wrote from a Union camp in Petersburg on June 25, 1864. Much of the letter describes his battlefield and camp activity and also includes advice to his cousin William who was up for conscription. The letter ends with an apology for bad penmanship on account of a "poor sun" and regards of love.

The envelope with which the letter was sent is also included within the collection. The envelope bears a rare "forwarded" stamp on account of the letter being missent initially to Mississippi.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Hoyt, Sarah J.
  • Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Container List

folder 1