A Guide to the Leroy S. Edwards Papers 1853-1899 Edwards, Leroy S., Papers R-MC Shelves 6B2

A Guide to the Leroy S. Edwards Papers 1853-1899

A Collection in the
Archives and Special Collections Department of
the McGraw-Page Library
Accession Number R-MC Shelves 6B2


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Archives and Special Collections, McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College
Accession number
R-MC Shelves 6B2
A Guide to the Leroy S. Edwards Papers 1853-1899
Physical Characteristics
The collections is contained in 4 archival boxes

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

[The Leroy S. Edwards Papers, Accession ,R-MC Shelves 6B2 ,Archives and Special Collections, McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection belongs to Randolph-Macon College. Much of the collection was donated to the college by Mrs. Frederick N. Thompson, grandaughter of Leroy Edwards.

Biographical/Historical Information

Leroy Summerfield Edwards was born November 27th, 1839 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was the oldest of three sons born to Rev. John Ellis Edwards, D.D. and Elizabeth A. Clark Edwards (daughter of Col. John Clark). His father was a prominent Methodist pastor, serving in the North Carolina Conference and then in the Virginia Conference, and as a Trustee of Randolph Macon College. Leroy attended Randolph-Macon College, then in Boydton, VA, from 1857-1859, receiving an A. B. He then attended the University of Virginia from 1859-1860. He was teaching at Farmville Female College in 1861 when he enlisted in the 12th Virginia Infantry, Company E. He was injured in 1862, and captured in May, 1864. He was sent to Point Lookout Prison Camp in Maryland and transferred to Elmira, New York around August, 1864. He returned to Richmond around March, 1865. Apparently he returned to R-MC, where he received an A. M. degree in 1866. On August 8, 1866 he married Elizabeth Ferguson, and their son, Ellis, was born May 14, 1867. By 1868 he and fellow R-MC alumnus E.E. Parham had founded the Female Collegiate Institute at Richmond. Another son, Leroy Jr., was born October 3, 1881. Leroy, Jr.'s Randolph-Macon diary is included in the collection as well. It is assumed there were other children. Leroy Edwards died in 1901 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters and other personal materials, primarily diaries. Diaries included in the collection were written by Leroy Edwards, his wife, and his son, Leroy Jr., and span 1853-1899. Some additional material onthe Edwards Family is available in the R-MC Alumni files.


The material didvided into letters and other materials. Its arranged chronologically when possible, although several notebooks skip years.

Contents List

Letters 1854-1880
  • Folder 1-3
    Civil War Letters 1854-1864
    Physical Location: Box 1


  • Folder 1
    Correspondence 1868-1880
    Physical Location: Box 2

    Primarily dealing with reunion and other matters concerning the Virginia Division of the Army of Northern Virginia


Manuscript 1985
Box 1

Manuscript copy of Letters of Leroy S. Edwards Written During the War Between the States . Compiled by Terry A. Walton.(E467.1 E48 1985)

Notebooks and Diaries 1853-1899
Box 2
8 notebooks

Material is by multiple authors, although primarily Leroy S. Edwards.

Arrangement is chronological when possible, although several journals contain non-consecutive material.

  • Notebook 1853

    The President's Book of "The Lynchburg Youth Debating Society"

  • Notebook 1857-1858

    Diary - Sophomore and Junior years at Randolph Macon College

  • Notebook 1859

    Diary - Senior year at Randolph Macon College

  • Notebook 1859-1863

    Contains "jottings" from University of Virginia, 1859-1860, Civil war diary entries from 1862 (Lynchburg) and 1863 (Richmond)

  • Notebook 1861-1868

    Rollbook from Farmville Female College, March 25, 1861/also contains diary entries 1865-1868, some written by his wife, Elizabeth

    • Inserts: Notebook 1857
      3 items in notebook

      Roll of the members of the H. Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, ab initio, in the order of initiation. Sessions 1854-55, 55-56, 56-57 (UVA),

      Thank you note from "the Senior Class"

      Resolution of the Jefferson Society of UVA, June 16, 1860, to give $50 to Mrs. Cle(?), mother-in-law to Edgar A. Poe

  • Notebook 1868-1869

    Class notes and lectures 1868-1869

    • Notebook inserts
      7 items

      Class notes

      Clippings: ("Man's Life" (poem), "The Dear Dead Woman Up Stairs" (poem), "The Voiceless" (poem))

      Notes on Exodus XX: 4-6 / Biblical/Personal notes/ Civil War/ political

      Programme of the Commencement Exercises of the Farmville Female College on the 28th of June, 1866.

  • Notebook 1875
    leather wallet and notebook
  • Notebook 1893-1899

    Leroy Edwards Jr. diary - begins at RMC 1989

Speeches and Exercises 1859, 1866
Folder 2 Physical Location: Box 2
Inaugural Address delievered in the Franklin Leterary Society, May 15, 1858
Valedictory Address to the FLS Commencement Night, June 22, 1859
"Modern Poetics" Second Senior Speech, Feb. 11, 1859
"David" Feb., 1868
"Odes of Horace" May and June, 1854, Feb., 1855
"Alas,Poor Chatterton", First Senior Oration, Dec.10, 1858
"Literary Dietetics" Graduating Oration, Wed., June 22, 1859


Miscellany 1861-1977
Folder 3 Physical Location: Box 2
Virginia election memorabilia, 1877
Soldiers Pocket Bible
RMC Commencement, 1875-76
Virginia Division Association, Army of Northern Virginia
Catalogue of the Female Collegiate Institute 1869-70
Invitation to participate in the Inauguration of the Jackson Statue, October, 1875
Newspaper Issues 1846-1880
Box 3
  • Clippings
    Scrapes of Randolph-Macon College History; and Personals of old Students, Professors and Trustees: a series in the Richmond Christian Advocate 1878-79 (incomplete)
    Local Governmanet - City Councilman representing Clay Ward 1878-1884 (?)
    Virginia Division of the Army of Northern Virginia - Confederate Veterans
  • Handbill

    For Senate - W.C. Knight, P.H. Starke

  • Richmond Daily Whig no. 273, Nov. 16, 1880
  • Richmond Christian Advocate July 20, 1846, Feb. 5, 1846
  • Richmond Enquirer October 30, 1874, March 25, 1876, Aug. 10, 1877
  • The Daily Express July 3, 1861, April 5, 1861,
  • The Daily News May 11, 1875
  • Daily Dispatch October 26, 1875, May 1, 1876
Box 4
Bound Book of R-MC materials
Phi Kappa Sigma - Rolls of Chapters (1858-1860)
Diploma 1859

Leroy Edward's R-MC Diploma