A Guide to the Peyton B. Gravely Letters, 1863 Gravely, Peyton B. Letters Ms2012-002

A Guide to the Peyton B. Gravely Letters, 1863

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-002


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

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Collection Number
Peyton B. Gravely Letters, 1863
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Gravely, Peyton B., 1835-1928
The collection includes two letters by Peyton B. Gravely: one to a sister and another to a friend, written during 1863. Gravely served with the 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry. The letters includes details of a regimental review by Jefferson Davis, recent war news, comments on the latest from home, and his desire to join the navy.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Peyton B. Gravely Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Peyton B. Gravely Letters, Ms2012-002, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased by Special Collection in February 2012. An additional letter was purchased in September 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Peyton B. Gravely Letter was completed in February 2012. Additional description was completed in October 2014.

Biographical Note

Peyton B. Gravely was born in Henry County, Virginia, in 1935. In 1860, he was living with his parents and at least 8 siblings, including Marshall F. Gravely enlisted in April 1861 and served through the end of the war with Price's Company, Virginia Light Artillery (Danville Artillery) and the 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry. He was promoted five times, the last leading to his being a captain of Company F from January 1863. Gravely was wounded three times at the battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Fisher's Hill.

By 1880, he was a tobacco manufacturer in Danville. He was married to Mary Walter and had at least five children: Kate W., Peyton, James G., Mary, and Nannie Daisy. Gravely died in Virginia in 1928.

Sources: http://genforum.genealogy.com/walters/messages/4724.html

See 42nd Virginia Infantry by John Chapla for notes on P B. Gravely's extensive service.

Scope and Content

The collection includes two letters by Peyton B. Gravely: one to a sister and another to a friend, written during 1863. The first part of the letter to his sister is devoted to a vehement attack on the Reynolds family. The letter suggests the family instigated a rumor about Gravely (the nature of which is never shared). In addition to a brief paragraph on news about family and friends, Gravely also writes about a recent review of General Ewell's troops by Jefferson Davis, in which he intends to wear the Yankee sword he captured at Chancellorsville. The letter to "Joe" details war news, news from home, and Gravely's desire to join the navy.

Index Terms


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

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters, 1863