Baughman, Greer and Emilius Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman

Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman, 1862-1863 Ms.2018.037


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2018.037
Title
Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman1862-1863
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Baughman, Emilius A. (Emilius Allen), 1844-1915
Creator
Baughman, Greer H. (Greer Harry), 1840-1907
Language
English .
Abstract
The collection contains two letters written by brothers and Confederate soldiers Greer and Emilius Baughman. The letters were written April 5, 1862, by Greer and July 26, 1863, by Emilius. Both letters were written to their mother, Mary Jane Greer Baughman, at home in Richmond.

Administrative Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman, Ms2018-037, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman were purchased by Special Collections in July 2018.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters to Mary Jane Baughman was completed in May 2019.


Biographical Note: Emilius A. Baughman

Emilius Allen Baughman was born to George and Mary Jane (Greer) Baughman in 1844 in Maryland. The family relocated to Salem, Virginia, in 1847, and later to Richmond, in 1856. At the age of 18, in 1863, he followed his father and older brothers, and enlisted in the Confederate army with 38th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery (Read's). His brother Greer was already a member of the unit. Following the Civil War, he and his brothers took over their father's stationary business, forming Baughman Bros. in Richmond. In 1873, Emilius married Mary Barney in Richmond, and the couple had 8 children. Emilius died in 1915 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

Biographical Note: Greer H. Baughman

Greer H. Baughman was born to George and Mary Jane (Greer) Baughman about 1840, in Maryland. The family relocated to Salem, Virginia, in 1847, and later to Richmond, in 1856. Greer enlisted with the 21st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (along with two of his brothers), in April of 1861. In July 1861, he transferred to the Hampden Artilley, with which his youngest brother would later enlist. Greer was wounded in June 1864 and spent over a month in the Confederate hospital at Chimborazo, before returning to his regiment for the remainder of the war. Greer married Francis H. (Willie) Richardson (b. 1845, d.before 1900) on August 15, 1866. They had one daughter, May (1868-1952). Following the Civil War, he and his brothers took over their father's stationary business, forming Baughman Bros. in Richmond. Greer died in 1907 and is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The collection contains two letters written by brothers and Confederate soldiers Greer and Emilius Baughman. The letters were written April 5, 1862, by Greer and July 26, 1863, by Emilius. Both letters were written to their mother, Mary Jane Greer Baughman, at home in Richmond.

The April 5, 1862, letter contains a description of the Battle of Kernstown, Virginia fought March 23, 1862. This battle was a Confederate defeat and the first battle in Stonewall Jackson's famous 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The letter also contains descriptions of skirmishing around Edinburg, Virginia, between Turner Ashby's Confederate cavalry and Union forces. The letter of July 26, 1863, written by Emilius, described the retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg, particularly the experiences during the retreat of Emilius' unit, the Hampden (VA) Artillery.

Arrangement

The letters are in chronological order.

Related Material

Baughman Family Papers, 1837-1968, n.d. (Ms2018-031). Finding aid available online.
Greer and Emilius Baughman Civil War Letters, 1862-1865 (Ms2018-036). Finding aid available online.
Minnie A. Baughman Commonplace Book, 1864-1865 (Ms2018-038). Finding aid available online.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Infantry Regiment, 21st
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Light Artillery Battalion, 38th (Company C)
  • Gettysburg Campaign, 1863
  • Kernstown, Virginia, Battle of., 1862
  • Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Baughman, Emilius A. (Emilius Allen), 1844-1915
  • Baughman, Greer H. (Greer Harry), 1840-1907

Container List

folder 1
Letters
1862-1863