A Guide to the Virginia Lucas Letter, 1861 Lucas, Virginia Letter Ms2018-021

A Guide to the Virginia Lucas Letter, 1861

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2018-021


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2019 (CC0).

Processed by: Jeff Felton, Graduate Intern, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2018-021
Title
Virginia Lucas Letter, 1861
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online .
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Lucas, Virginia (Virginia Bedinger), 1838-1865
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains a letter written by Virginia Lucas from Clarke County, Virginia to her brother [likely Daniel Bedinger Lucas] at Halltown, Jefferson County (now West Virginia) July 11, 1861. Virginia writes how she and other relatives were sent away from Jefferson County because of approaching Union troops. She relates some war news about an engagement in Berkeley, Virginia (now West Virginia) giving the casualty statistics as well as mentions of Turner Ashby, Joseph E. Johnston, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Virginia Lucas Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online .

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Lucas Letter, Ms2018-021, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Lucas Letter was purchased by Special Collections in February 2017.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Lucas Letter was completed in September, 2018.


Biographical Note

Virginia Bedinger Lucas was born in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia), in December 1838 to William and Virginia Ann Bedinger Lucas. She was the youngest of four siblings, one of whom was Virginia lawyer and poet, Daniel Bedinger Lucas. Virginia Lucas wrote poetry, though she was never published during her lifetime. Several of her poems appear in her brother's 1869 volume, The Wreath of Eglantine, and Other Poems . She died in April 1865 and is buried in Jefferson County.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter written by Virginia Lucas from Clarke County, Virginia to her brother [likely Daniel Bedinger Lucas] at Halltown, Jefferson County (now West Virginia) July 11, 1861. Virginia writes how she and other relatives were sent away from Jefferson County because of approaching Union troops. She relates some war news about an engagement in Berkeley, Virginia (now West Virginia) giving the casualty statistics as well as mentions of Turner Ashby, Joseph E. Johnston, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Related Material

The Daniel Bedinger Lucas Papers (Ms1995-012) contains a scrapbook believed to have belonged to his sister, Virginia. The finding aid for the collection is available online. The scrapbook has been digitized and is available online .

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Civil War--Homefront
  • Clarke County (Va.)
  • Jefferson County (W.V.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Lucas, Virginia (Virginia Bedinger), 1838-1865

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online .

Folder 1
Letter, 1861