A Guide to the Caperton Family Papers, 1861-1862 Caperton Family Papers Ms1991-034

A Guide to the Caperton Family Papers, 1861-1862

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1991-034


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Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Caperton Family Papers, 1861-1862
Physical Characteristics
0.2 cu. ft. 1 folder
Caperton family

Please note: The current finding aid includes only minimal description of the collection. If you have questions, please contact Special Collections ( specref@vt.edu ) for more information.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of transcripts of letters written by Mary Elizabeth Henderson Caperton of Nelson County, Virginia, to her husband George Henry Caperton, a soldier in the 1st Virginia Regiment of Mounted Volunteers (also known as the 30th Virginia Volunteers Mounted) in the Civil War. Mary Caperton wrote most of the letters from White Thorn, in Blacksburg, Virginia, while staying with Sarah Ann Caperton Preston, her husband's sister, while her husband served in the Confederate Army. She writes of various members of the Preston family, fears that the slaves will rise up in rebellion, and Dr. Harvey Black. Collections also includes a copy of George Caperton's diary written in late 1861 while he was ill. 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Black, Harvey, 1827-1888
  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Preston family, Montgomery County, Va.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865