A Guide to the Henry M. Fowlkes Letters, 1863-1865 Fowlkes, Henry M. Letters Ms1980-004

A Guide to the Henry M. Fowlkes Letters, 1863-1865

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1980-004


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Henry M. Fowlkes Letters, 1863-1865
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Fowlkes, Henry M.
The collection Henry M. Fowlkes Letters includes two letters written to his family during the Civil War.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Henry M. Fowlkes Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Henry M. Fowlkes Letters, Ms1980-004, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Henry M. Fowlkes Letters were acquired prior to 1980.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Henry M. Fowlkes Letters was completed in March 2011.

Biographical Note

Henry M. Fowlkes was a resident of Chesterfield and Montgomery counties in Virginia. He wrote two letters from Winter Park, Chesterfield County, on October 6, 1863, to his young daughters. The first letter he wrote, was regarding the passing of his recent wife. His wife had died recently after childbirth with their youngest daughter Janie. In addition the second letter is to his daughters from Greenhead, Montgomery County, in 1865, before what he believed would be his death. Henry Fowlkes actually lived a another 22 years, remarried, and died in 1887.

Scope and Content

The collection Henry M. Fowlkes Letters includes two letters to his children. In the first letter, he was describing his life with and the death of his recently deceased wife. The additional letter described how he believed he was dying of consumption. A full transcription is available of both letters.

Index Terms


  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters, 1863-1865