A Guide to the Joab Roberson Letter, 1862 Roberson, Joab Letter Ms1976-005

A Guide to the Joab Roberson Letter, 1862

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Collection Number Ms1976-005


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1976-005
Title
Joab Roberson Letter, 1862
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Robertson, Joab
Language
English
Abstract
Photocopy of a letter from Joab Roberson, a private in Company I, 57th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War, written from Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, to his wife, Nan.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Joab Roberson Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Joab Roberson Letter, Ms1976-005, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Joab Roberson Letter was donated to Special Collections in 1976.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Joab Robertson Letter commenced and was completed in May, 2012.

Biographical Note

Joab Roberson Jr. (also known as Joab Robertson Jr.), son of Joab and Niecy Shackleford Robertson, was born around 1838. He married Nancy J. Ragan, and the couple was living at Bachelor's Hill (Pittsylvania County), Virginia by 1860. On March 1, 1862, Roberson enlisted in Company I of the 57th Virginia Infantry. He was hospitalized in July, 1862. Roberson died of typhoid on August 29 of that year and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. The Robersons had two daughters, Joanna and Nicey (the latter born posthumously). Post-war census records show that Nancy Roberson/Robertson continued to live in Pittsylvania County through 1900.

Scope and Content note

This collection consists of a photocopy of a letter written by Joab Roberson (or Robertson), a private in Company I of the 57th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Writing to his wife Nan, Roberson discusses the possibility of selling his house to obtain a substitute to fulfill his military service, concluding, "I would be gladest [sic] in the world if I could get one but I think Nan that chance is a very bad one." Roberson mentions mutual acquaintances, both in the army and at home, and expresses a desire to be with his family. Elsewhere, he asks Nan to make and send him two shirts, using "cloth that would hide dirt good." A typed transcript accompanies the photocopy.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Note

Though it seems most sources record the surname of this man, his ancestors, and descendants as "Robertson," the letter is clearly signed "Roberson" so was cataloged under the latter name.

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1862