A Guide to the William S. Tippett Letter, 1864 Tippett, William S. Letter Ms2013-060

A Guide to the William S. Tippett Letter, 1864

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-060


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
William S. Tippett Letter, 1864
This collection has been digitized and is available online .
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Tippett, William S.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from William S. Tippett Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: William S. Tippett Letter, Ms2013-060, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The William S. Tippett Letter was purchased by Special Collections in May 2012.

Alternate Form Available

Letters and any available transcripts have been digitized and are available online .

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William S. Tippett Letter was completed in December 2013.

Biographical Note

William Tippett was born about 1836. Family records suggest he may have been born in Baltimore, MD, while enlistment records suggest he may have been born in Bath County, VA. Prior to the Civil War, he worked as a painter. Tippett enlisted with Company I, 1st West Virginia Infantry in October 1861. He was wounded at Winchester in March 1862; promoted in November 1862; captured at Moorefield, VA, in September 1863; a POW at Belle Island until March 1864; and at parole camp in MD until May 1864.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a single letter from Sgt William S. Tippett to his wife, Maggie. Written from a parole camp in Annapolis, Maryland, the letter opens with Tippett's comments on news from home. A majority of the letter, however,details his stay in Belle Island prison (Richmond) from September 1863 until early March 1864. In particular, he describes the food (or lack of) and the poor conditions.

Related Material

The Library of Virginia is home to six diaries kept by William S. Tippett from 1861-1864. See website for more details.

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Contents List

Folder 1
Letter , 1864