Crosby, John F. Papers

John F. Crosby Papers, 1980-1988 Ms.2013.011


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
John F. Crosby Papers1980-1988
2.6 Cubic Feet, 4 boxes
Crosby, John F.
English .
The John F. Crosby Papers collection contains John Crosby's research, letters of inquiry, correspondence, and genealogy charts pertaining to his manuscript "Brother vs. Brother: Divided Families in the Civil War.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the John F. Crosby Papers 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: John F. Crosby Papers. Ms2013-011, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 2004.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John F. Crosby Papers was completed in February 2013.

Scope and Contents

The John F. Crosby Papers contains the research of Dr. John Crosby for a publication entitled "Brother Versus Brother: Divided Families in the Civil War." The manuscript focuses on families who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. The research team concentrated on genealogy reconstruction, researching of the soldiers' families of origin and studying the long term effect the Civil War had on the divided families.

The collection contains a detailed handwritten genealogy chart of the families discussed in the manuscript as well as a master research findings sheet and correspondence between Dr. Crosby's research team and many different historical societies from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Kentucky.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Correspondence
  • Genealogy
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
American Association for State and Local History Correspondence Material
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Answered Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 3
"Brother vs. Brother: Divided Families in the Civil War" Master Copy
box-folder 1 folder: 4
"Brother vs. Brother: Divided Families in the Civil War" Secondary Manuscript Copy
box-folder 1 folder: 5
"Brother Against Brother: Divided Families in the Civil War" Short Excerpt for Origins Newsletter
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Civil War Navy and Marines Research Material
box-folder 1 folder: 7
Copies of Letters of Inquiry
box-folder 1 folder: 8
Complete Set of Letters Requesting Information From Historical Societies (1985-1992)
box-folder 1 folder: 9
Copies of Special "Thank You" Letters
box-folder 1 folder: 10
Dead End Letters- Folder 1-3
box-folder 1 folder: 11
Dead End Letters- Folder 2-3
box-folder 1 folder: 12
Dead End Letters- Folder 3-3
box-folder 1 folder: 13
Family Splits
box-folder 1 folder: 14
Finding Inquiries and Information
box-folder 1 folder: 15
Franklin County Historical Society Correspondence Materials
box-folder 1 folder: 16
Genealogy Research Material
box-folder 1 folder: 17
Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and Visitors Center Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 18
HITS Letters "Mailed Out"
box-folder 1 folder: 19
HITS Letters "To Be Mailed"
box-folder 1 folder: 20
Letters Waiting for Response
box-folder 1 folder: 21
Master File- HITS, Brother vs. Brother
box-folder 1 folder: 22
Master Sheet and Miscellaneous Research Findings
box-folder 1 folder: 23
Potential Reference Material
box-folder 1 folder: 25
Shawnee County Historical Society Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 24
Research Leads
box-folder 1 folder: 26
University of Missouri- Western Historical Manuscript Collection Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 27
Unusables (Father vs. Son, Uncle vs. Nephew Cases)
box-folder 1 folder: 28
"10 Most Pressing Problems/Issues" Article, Fall 1991
box-folder 2 folder: 1
Ballard Family/K. Goddy
box-folder 2 folder: 2
Captain John Boggs (USA)/General James Bogg (USA)/Pauline Harman
box-folder 2 folder: 3
Boyd Brothers/Mrs. Harold Underhill
box-folder 2 folder: 4
Boyetter Brothers/Wendy L. Elliot
box-folder 2 folder: 5
Braxdale Brothers/Catherine L. West
box-folder 2 folder: 6
Breckinridge Family/L.Anderson/ Dale Floyd
box-folder 2 folder: 7
Buchanan Family/WS Dudley
box-folder 2 folder: 8
box-folder 2 folder: 9
Busey Brothers/Pamela Riccardi
box-folder 2 folder: 10
Cavender Brothers
box-folder 2 folder: 11
Brutus Clay/B. Marshall
box-folder 2 folder: 12
Cline Brothers/Gene C. Armistead
box-folder 2 folder: 13
Crittenden Family L. Anderson/Dale Floyd
box-folder 2 folder: 14
Wesley Culp Family/J.E. Persico
box-folder 2 folder: 15
Duncan Brothers/Sandra Cotton
box-folder 2 folder: 16
Dutcher Family/R.K. Dutcher
box-folder 2 folder: 17
Finley Brothers/Alexander Cather
box-folder 2 folder: 18
Foy Family/Jan H. House
box-folder 2 folder: 19
Fuqett Brothers
box-folder 2 folder: 20
Gibbon Brothers/Helen C. Kinney
box-folder 2 folder: 21
Graves Brothers/Wendy L. Elliot
box-folder 2 folder: 22
box-folder 2 folder: 23
Hallam Brothers/ Henrietta Nicholas
box-folder 2 folder: 24
Harrod Family/M.J. Rodgers
box-folder 2 folder: 25
Heck Family/Doug Bast
box-folder 2 folder: 26
box-folder 3 folder: 1
Hildebrand Brothers/Billie Smith
box-folder 3 folder: 2
Howell Brothers/Virginia M. Howell
box-folder 3 folder: 3
Isaac, CSA/Bruce Samoore
box-folder 3 folder: 4
Jacobs Brothers/Jean Herron Smith
box-folder 3 folder: 5
Johnson Brothers/Ann B. Bevins
box-folder 3 folder: 6
Loid/Loyd Brothers/Leah Lloyd McCalmon
box-folder 3 folder: 7
Losh Family/Harold H. Horstman
box-folder 3 folder: 8
Mallicoat Brothers/Neva Coats Staples
box-folder 3 folder: 9
Montgomery Family/Leland Rogers
box-folder 3 folder: 10
Moore Family/Richard M. Moore
box-folder 3 folder: 11
Peck Family/Wallace Edwin Leard
box-folder 3 folder: 12
Penick Brothers/Jacquelin Lewin
box-folder 3 folder: 13
Prentiss Family/Dale Floyd
box-folder 3 folder: 14
box-folder 3 folder: 15
Rusk Brothers/Curtis Rusk Fay
box-folder 3 folder: 16
Sowards Brothers/Betty McIntire
box-folder 3 folder: 17
Speegle Family/Dr. Charles Martin Speegle
box-folder 3 folder: 18
Stanly Family/John B. Green III
box-folder 3 folder: 19
Terrill Brothers Vulia Martin/Robert Seager/Dale Floyd
box-folder 3 folder: 20
Thomas Family/P.T. Brophy
box-folder 3 folder: 21
Thomas Family/John R. Davis Jr.
box-folder 3 folder: 22
Thorton Brothers/Ed C. Ballard
box-folder 3 folder: 23
Twilliger Brothers/Connie Hightower
box-folder 3 folder: 24
Whitaker Brothers/Joyce Parris
box-folder 3 folder: 25
White/Hall Brothers/Phoebe Jane Garland
box-folder 3 folder: 26
Williams Family
box-folder 3 folder: 27
box-folder 4 folder: 1
Alexander Family/Conrad Alexander - Burgess Brothers/Mrs. John Behnken
box-folder 4 folder: 2
Cakerice/Kagarke Brothers/Margaret Kagarke Yoder - Curtis - McDonald Family/John McDonald
box-folder 4 folder: 3
Dane Family/Dorothy Hill, Joe Ford - Fuller/Roy Coy
box-folder 4 folder: 4
General John Gibbon/J.E. Perisco - Hurst Brothers/Frederick Montgomery
box-folder 4 folder: 5
C. Jackson Family/Roberta Hagwood - Murphey Family/Julia F. Chwalik
box-folder 4 folder: 6
Newbury Brothers/Mrs. Roy S. Newbury - Sutton
box-folder 4 folder: 7
Taylor Brothers/Mrs. E.E. Mitchell - Zepernick Brothers/Laura King