O'Connor, Arthur Emmet, Letters, 1861–1862. 4 items. Mss2Oc55b.
Written by O'Connor between 4 October 1861 and 24 February 1862 while serving with the 99th New York Infantry Regiment (also known as the Naval Brigade and the Virginia Coast Guard) as a steward in the United States General Hospital at Camp Hamilton near Fort Monroe. Directed to a Captain Wise (otherwise unidentified), who was presumably in Philadelphia, Pa. O'Connor writes about his duties, the post at Camp Hamilton and troops at Fort Monroe, John E. Wool, and anticipated Union attacks on Norfolk and Yorktown. He also discusses Pennsylvania and national politics and includes a lengthy description of a wedding between former African American slaves in early 1862.
Old, James W., Papers, 1861–1862. 9 items. Photocopies. Mss2OL13b.
Contains photocopies of letters, 1861–1862, from James W. Old (1840–1862) of Company B of the 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment to family members concerning camp life in northern Virginia in 1861 and the battle of Dranesville. The collection includes transcriptions of the letters.
Page Family Papers, 1796–1952. 580 items. Mss1P1465c.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of female members of the Page family of Gloucester County. Section 10 contains wartime letters of Henry Watson Vandegrift (1821–1882) to his wife, Martha Throckmorton (Page) Vandegrift (1832–1934), written while he directed railroad transportation for the Confederacy at Lynchburg. Topics include an undated request from Robert E. Lee for rail transport for 5,000 men to be moved to Culpeper Court House, Vandegrift's opinions on the desperate state of the Confederacy (16 September 1864), and his efforts to assist in moving Confederate government property away from Union raiders (7 October 1864).
Page, Richard Lucien, Papers, 1824–1901. 13 items. Mss1P1453a.
Contains papers relating to service of Richard Lucien Page (1807–1901) in the Union and Confederate navies. Civil War items consist of a telegram book, 12 March–8 August 1864, kept at Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Ala., containing copies of messages sent and received by Page concerning daily operations of the harbor (section 5), and telegrams, 1864, received by Page regarding arms and supplies at Fort Morgan (section 6). Among the correspondents in the telegram book are Jefferson Davis, George C. Garner, Edward Higgins (1821–1875), and Dabney Herndon Maury (1822–1900).
Paine Family Papers, 1817–1873. 75 items. Mss1P1668a.
Contains the papers of the Paine family of Richmond. Wartime materials include a letter, 24 November 1865, from James Jonas White (1828–1893) to William G. Paine (1816?–1880) concerning the location of the grave of Henry Ruffner Paine (1832–1862) of the 1st Rockbridge Artillery Battery (killed at the second battle of Bull Run) (section 2); a diary, 19 July–23 November 1861, kept by Henry Ruffner Paine, offering descriptions of daily activities in the 1st Rockbridge Artillery, and of the battlefield following the first battle of Bull Run (section 4); and a diary, 1 August–22 September 1864, kept by an unidentified Union soldier in the Army of the Ohio, discussing life on the lines and fighting near Atlanta, Ga., during the Atlanta campaign (section 5). Included in the Henry Ruffner Paine diary is a roster of the 1st Rockbridge Artillery, a list of guard details, and a chart of range and elevation results from a six-pounder field gun firing shot and spherical case.
Palmer Family Papers, 1782–1894. 10 items. Mss1P1827b.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Charles Palmer (1796–1866), a commission merchant of Richmond, and his son, Dr. William Price Palmer (1821–1896), a Richmond physician and historian. Civil War materials include accounts, 1864, of Charles Palmer regarding payment of state taxes on personal property and his "soldier's pay" (Section 2); correspondence of William Price Palmer with John Roy Baylor ([1821–1897] regarding Baylor's opinion of impending war in April 1861 and the recovery of a friend's body from the battlefield after the battle of Spotsylvania), Martin Meredith Lipscomb ([b. 1822?] concerning the fate of Union Col. Ulric Dahlgren's [1842–1864] body after his death near Richmond in 1864), Dr. Samuel Preston Moore ([1813-1889] as Surgeon General of the Confederate States of America, regarding William Palmer's favorable appearance before the Army Medical Board), Walter Neale ([d. 1865] of Salt Sulphur Springs, Monroe County, W.Va., regarding military operations in West Virginia in the summer of 1862), William Henry Payne ([1830–1904] discussing the origin of the name "Black Horse Troop" [later Company H of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment]), George Wythe Randolph ([1818–1867] concerning Palmer's commission as surgeon in the Confederate States Army), John Camden Shields ([1820?–1904] concerning the 1st Company of Richmond Howitzers at Leesburg in September 1861), and William Dabney Stuart ([1830–1863] of the 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment, while stationed at Chaffin's Bluff, discussing his health and Union gunboats on the James River in late May 1862) (Section 5); and orders, 1861–1862, issued to William Price Palmer regarding the collection of wounded and supplies left on the battlefield after the First Battle of Bull Run, and his transfer from the 56th Virginia Infantry to duty at Camp Lee, Richmond (Section 10).
Palmer, William Henry, Letter, 1922. 2 items. Typescript copy. Mss2P1828a2–3.
A copy of a letter, 5 May 1922, from William Henry Palmer (1835–1926) of Richmond to Susan Bockius Harrison (1877–1839) offers an outline of his service as a member of Company F of the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment and as an assistant adjutant general on the staff of A. P. Hill (a2). Also included are notes concerning Palmer's life compiled by Molly W. Sprague (a3).
Palmore, William Wesley, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Mss2P1857a1.
A letter, 4 December 1863, from William Wesley Palmore of the Powhatan Artillery Battery to his grandmother, Maria Bosher, concerning the aborted attack by Union troops along Mine Run in Spotsylvania County and discouraging news regarding Braxton Bragg's army in the west and its effect on overall Confederate fortunes.
Parker, John Thomas, Commonplace Book, 1859–1865. 1 volume. Mss5:5P2264:1.
Kept by John Thomas Parker (1839–1917) while a medical student and as a Confederate surgeon, this commonplace book contains case histories of Confederate soldiers at the general hospital in Staunton, and line of verse written by "Asa Hartz," a pseudonym for George McKnight (b. 1833), while a prisoner at Johnson's Island, Ohio.
Parker, William Watts, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Copy. Mss2C5525a1.
A photocopy of a letter, 10 July 1863, from William Watts Parker (1824–1899) of Parker's Artillery Battery concerning the gallantry of Gibson Clarke at the battle of Gettysburg. The letter bears a copy of a parole, 10 April 1865, issued to Clarke at Appomattox Court House.
Parry, Henry Chester, Papers, 1861–1865. 7 items. Photocopies. Mss2P2497b.
The papers of Henry Chester Parry (1839–1893) consist of photocopies of letters to his parents concerning his service in the 19th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment and the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry Reserve. Topics include the death of a fellow soldier from typhoid fever, camp life at Columbia, Tenn., in March 1862, the battle of Shiloh, Union cavalry operations in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, the battle of Cedar Creek, and the death of George Washington Gowan (d. 1865) of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg. Several of the letters include typed transcripts.
Patch, George H., Papers, 1862–1865. 41 items. Photocopies. Mss2P2713b.
This collection contains letters from George H. Patch to his parents concerning his service in Virginia as a member of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. In great detail, Patch describes life in camp (including a regimental baseball game and the presence of the United States Christian Commission), his opinion of Ulysses S. Grant as commander of the Army of the Potomac, the execution of a Union soldier for rape, his unit's role in the Gettysburg campaign and the battle of Bristoe Station, and life as a patient and guard at Haddington General Hospital, Haddington, Pa.
Paxton, Elisha Franklin, Letter, 1861. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2P2898a1.
A photocopy of a letter, 10 November 1861, from Elisha Franklin Paxton of the 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment concerning a march from Strasburg to Winchester.
Payne Family Papers, 1835–1900. 59 items. Mss1P2936a.
This collection contains the papers of the Payne family of Warrenton. Wartime items consist of a one-page diary, 12 March–23 April 1865, kept by Alice Fitzhugh (Dixon) Payne (1812–1900), with brief entries concerning the evacuation of Richmond, the surrender at Appomattox Court House, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (section 2); and a memorandum book, 1863–1865, kept by Alexander Dixon Payne (1837–1893) of Company H of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, containing a roster of the unit and brief diary describing his capture and kind treatment by Union soldiers and his imprisonment at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C. (section 3).
Peale, J. Burd, Parole of Honor, 1862. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss2P3135a1.
A transcription of a parole of honor, 31 May 1862, issued at Winchester, to seven captured Union surgeons, including J. Burd Peale of Louis Blenker's Division, under the condition that they return to Washington, D.C., and secure the release of a similar number of imprisoned Confederate surgeons.
Peay, Augustus Courtney, Papers, 1863–1942. 104 items. Mss2P3298b.
This collection contains the papers of Augustus Courtney Peay (1847?–1933) concerning his service in Company M of the 23d Virginia Cavalry Regiment and his role as commandant of the R. E. Lee Camp No. 1 of Confederate Veterans. Civil War materials include vouchers, January-July 1863, listing arms and equipment returned to Confederate arsenals and depots in Hanover County, Petersburg, Richmond, Franklin, Culpeper Court House, and Winchester by Samuel G. Leitch (as chief of ordnance for George Edward Pickett) (b6–91); Confederate currency (b92–100); and Peay's recollections, 1913, concerning his service in the 23d Virginia Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864–1865 (b101).
Peebles, George Washington, Diary, 1861–1863. 1 volume. Mss5:1P3437:1. Microfilm reel C620.
Kept by George Washington Peebles (1829–1887), this diary, 3 November 1861–23 September 1863, contains entries concerning his wartime military service and farming operations in Prince George County. Entries through 4 May 1862 describe, in detail, Peebles's service in Company C of the 5th Virginia Infantry Battalion at Stone House Wharf and at Hardy's Bluff, Isle of Wight County. Included in the entries are notes regarding the weather, incidents of camp life, naval operations on the James River, the battle of Hampton Roads, and news of military engagements in the western Confederacy.
Pegram Family Papers, 1737–1954. 563 items. Mss1P3496c.
This collection contains the papers of three generations of the Pegram family of Norfolk. The correspondence of Robert Baker Pegram (1811–1894) primarily concerns his service in the Confederate navy aboard the CSS Nashville. Included in the correspondence are letters, 1861–1862, from Pegram to William Munro (1818–1880), Henry St. George Ord (1819–1885), Charles George Edward Patey (1813–1881), and Edward Adolphus Seymour (1804–1885) concerning the recognition of British neutrality and the use of ports at Bermuda and Southampton, England; a letter, 29 July 1876, from Catesby ap Roger Jones (1821–1877) describing the Confederate seizure of the powder magazine at Norfolk in April 1861; letters, 1861, to Stephen Russell Mallory (1813–1873) regarding blockade running aboard the Nashville; and a letter, 21 November 1861, to William Lowndes Yancey (1814–1863) concerning a voyage from Charleston, S.C., to Southampton, England, by way of Bermuda (section 8). The correspondence of James West Pegram (1843–1905) of the Confederate navy contains letters from his sister, Margaret Belches (Pegram) Williams Belches Holt (1837–1909), concerning family news, the fall of Wilmington, N.C., and life there under Union occupation (25 January 1865), and the battle of Brandy Station (26 August 1863) (section 10). Also in the collection is the log book, 30 September 1861–14 February 1862, of the CSS Nashville, commanded by Robert Baker Pegram, concerning voyages between Charleston, Bermuda, and Southampton (section 7).
Pegram Family Papers, 1822–1924. 41 items. Mss1P3496b.
This collection focuses on John Combe Pegram (1842–1909) and concerns his service in the Union navy. Pegram's correspondence includes a letter, 22 May 1864, from Joseph M. Bradford (1824–1872) concerning a Union marine detail at Port Royal, S.C.; a letter, 17 May 1864, from John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren requesting that Pegram transfer from service aboard the USS South Carolina to serve on Dahlgren's staff; letters, 1861, from Pegram to his mother, Charlotte Amelie (Combe) Pegram (1821–1905), discussing his desire to serve in the war, his joy over his father's decision to fight for the Union, and his negative feelings toward northern abolitionists; an illustrated letter, 23 May 1864, from Pegram to his brother, Robert Baker Pegram (d. 1877), describing Confederate torpedoes; letters from Pegram to his father, William Benjamin Pegram (1818–1882), concerning secession, the possibility of foreign intervention on behalf of the Confederacy, patriotic sentiments, and naval operations in Charleston Harbor, S.C., in 1863; and a letter from Gideon Welles concerning orders for Pegram to serve at Port Royal aboard the USS Housatonic (section 5).
Other Civil War items include a pass, 6 June 1864, issued to Pegram while serving aboard the USS Philadelphia; a muster roll, 1864[?], of gun crews on an unidentified Union vessel (section 6); and a scrapbook, 1858–1869, kept by Isabel (Homer) Pegram (d. 1892), containing newspaper clippings concerning naval operations at Charleston Harbor in 1863 (section 7).
Pegram-Johnson-McIntosh Family Papers, 1825–1941. 514 items. Mss1P3496a. Microfilm reels C426–427.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Pegram, Johnson, and McIntosh families of Virginia and South Carolina. Of particular note are the wartime letters, 1861–1865, of William Ransom Johnson Pegram (1841–1865). Willy Pegram's letters home describe, in great detail, his daily life in the Purcell Light Artillery Battalion, his views on Confederate politics and the state of morale in the Army of Northern Virginia at different times during the war, and his unit's role in the battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, the Crater, Peebles's Farm, and Burgess's Mill (section 1). Other Civil War items include letters, 1865, written to Virginia (Johnson) Pegram (1808?–1888) and Hetty (Cary) Pegram Martin (1836–1892) concerning the death of John Pegram at the battle of Hatcher's Run (sections 4 and 6); a letter, 1865, to Mary Evans (Pegram) Anderson (1830–1911) from William Gordon McCabe (1841–1920) describing, in detail, Willy Pegram's mortal wounding at the battle of Five Forks and his subsequent death (section 7); letters, 1861–1865, of David Gregg McIntosh (1836–1916) regarding his service in the South Carolina Pee Dee Light Artillery Battery (section 10); and postwar reminiscences, 1904, by two members of the Pee Dee Light Artillery (section 24).
Pendleton, Alexander Swift, Letters, 1861–1864. 5 items. Photocopies. Mss2P3741b.
This small collection contains photocopies of letters, 1861–1864, from Alexander Swift Pendleton (1840–1864), while serving on the staffs of Thomas J. Jackson and Richard Stoddert Ewell, to family members concerning his appointment as chief of ordnance of the Army of the Valley, his attitude toward the Confederate surrender at Fort Donelson, Tenn., J. E. B. Stuart's raid on Chambersburg, Pa., in October 1862, and a Union cavalry raid on Richmond in February-March 1864.
Pendleton Family Papers, 1861–1864. 19 items. Typescript copies. Mss2P3748c.
Consists of the papers of members of the Pendleton family of Louisa County. Section 1 contains letters, 1861–1862, to Madison Pendleton (1809–1872) from Charles Kimbrough Pendleton (1835–1918) of Company F of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment discussing camp life and news of the battle of Pea Ridge, Ark.; from John Barret Pendleton (1830–1861) of Company G of the 23d Virginia Infantry Regiment concerning camp life in western Virginia in 1861; from William Barret Pendleton (1838–1914) of the same unit describing his service in western Virginia (including the battle of Corrick's Ford [now W.Va.]); and from Joseph Hawes Pendleton, while serving on the staff of William Booth Taliaferro, offering a brief description of the battle of Cedar Mountain. Section 2 contains letters, 1864, from Philip Henry Pendleton (1842–1864) of the Charlottesville Artillery Battery to his mother, Elizabeth Kimbrough (Barret) Pendleton (1807–1898), concerning the battle of the Wilderness. Section 3 consists of letters, 1861, from John B. Pendleton to his wife, Sallie Anne (Meredith) Pendleton (1829–1889), offering detailed descriptions of life in camp at Richmond in May 1861 and of marches and camp life in western Virginia in June 1861.
Pendleton, Stephen Taylor, Papers, 1906–1912. 2 items. Photocopies. Mss2P3746a.
This small collection contains papers relating to the Civil War service of Stephen Taylor Pendleton (1828–1915) of Richmond. Included is a letter, 16 November 1906, to Scott Shipp (1839–1917), superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, offering a brief summary of Pendleton's service as a topographical engineer, as a clerk in the treasury department, and as a member of the 19th Virginia Militia Regiment (a1); and an affidavit, 24 June 1912, concerning Pendleton's service during the war (a2).
Penick, Edwin Anderson, Letters, 1862. 61 pp. Photocopies of typescripts. Mss2P3778a1.
This collection consists of transcriptions of letters, 11 March–29 September 1862, from Edwin Anderson Penick (1820–1862) of Company D of the 38th Virginia Infantry Regiment to family members in Pittsylvania County, offering detailed descriptions of camp life at Orange Court House, Drewry's Bluff, and Richmond, of skirmishing near Yorktown in April 1862, and of the second battle of Bull Run and the 1862 Maryland campaign.
Penland, William H., Parole, 1865. 1 item. Mss2P3794a1.
A prisoner of war parole, 13 May 1865, issued to William H. Penland of Company E of the 60th North Carolina Infantry Regiment at Asheville, N.C.
Perry, James Thomas, Papers, 1863–1864. 2 items. Mss2P4295b.
Consist of a typescript copy of a diary, 1863 December 31–1864 December 30, kept by James Thomas Perry (1836–1929) while serving in the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, concerning daily activities in camp in Virginia (including social visits with local civilians and the mention of books Perry reads), the death of Robert Henry Simpson (1826–1864) of the 17th Virginia (including details of his wounding and hospital stay in Richmond), mention of military events in Virginia (including the Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, and 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns), and Perry's comments on African American soldiers fighting in the U.S. Army. Also, include a letter, 1864 June 30, written by Perry describing, in detail, the effect that kind visits from several ladies had on Robert Henry Simpson prior to his death at General Hospital No. 4 in Richmond.
Petersburg, Enrolling Office, Exemption, 1864. 1 item. Mss12:1864 February 5:1.
A certificate of exemption from military service, 1864, issued to William Ransom Johnson (1822–1884) on being a magistrate in Petersburg.
Peyton, Aquila Johnson, Diary, 1859–1861. 1 volume. Mss5:1P4683:1.
Contains a diary, 1 January 1859–30 July 1861, kept by Aquila Johnson Peyton (1837–1875) while a teacher in Orange and Spotsylvania counties. Included in the diary are entries concerning the secession crisis of 1860, the fall of Fort Sumter, the mustering of local militia and home guard units, Peyton's self-debate over volunteering in the Confederate army, and news of the first battle of Bull Run.
Peyton Family Papers, 1770–1913. 405 items. Mss1P4686a.
This collection contains the papers of various members of the Peyton family of Fauquier County. Of particular interest is a letter, 6–24 March 1862, written by Frances Lee Jones to Sarah Cornelia Jones offering a fairly detailed account of life in Leesburg under Union occupation. Frances Jones describes the retreat of Confederate troops from the town, the arrival of advancing Federal troops, and the subsequent interaction between civilians and northern soldiers (Section 35).
Peyton Family Papers, 1731–1914. 76 items. Mss1P4686b. Microfilm reel B32.
Contains the papers of the Peyton family of Fauquier County. Included in the collection is a handwritten copy of a portion of a presidential proclamation, 4 September 1862, by Jefferson Davis setting aside 18 September 1862 as a day of "thanksgiving and prayer" in honor of Confederate victories at the battles of Second Bull Run and Richmond, Ky. (section 15).
Peyton, Moses Green, Papers, 1862–1889. 7 items. Mss2P4687b.
This collection contains materials relating to service of Moses Green Peyton (1828–1897) as assistant adjutant general on the staff of Robert Emmet Rodes. Items include commissions, 1862–1863, appointing Peyton captain and major in the Adjutant General's Department; a letter, 30 May 1863, from Peyton to Walter Herron Taylor (1838–1916) requesting a seven-day leave of absence to attend to legal affairs in Louisa County; and a circular, 31 July 1865, from Robert E. Lee to officers under his command requesting that he be sent reports and correspondence relating to military operations in Virginia to help in the preparation of a history of the war in that state. Other items in the collection include a letter, 10 February 1864, from B. C. Adams to Samuel Cooper concerning the assignment to duty with the commissary department of a member of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and General Order No. 41, 14 May 1864, signed by Robert E. Lee, announcing to the Army of Northern Virginia recent Confederate military successes in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Virginia.
Phelps Family Papers, 1845–1885. 11 items. Mss1P5185a.
This small collection contains the papers of the Phelps family of New Hampshire. Included is a diary, 1 January–31 December 1862, kept by Edward D. Phelps of Company K of the 1st New England Cavalry Regiment, with brief entries concerning the distribution of rations in the company and the battle of Fredericksburg (section 2). Also included in the diary is a list of names of soldiers in the company and the clothing each received.
Phillips, James Eldred, Papers, 1860–1905. 17 items. Typescript copies. Mss1P5443a.
This collection contains photocopies and typed transcripts of materials primarily relating to service of James Eldred Phillips (1838–1905) in Company G of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Items include a typescript copy of a memoir, ca. 1880, concerning Phillips's experiences in numerous military campaigns and battles throughout the war (section 1); a typed transcript of a diary, 6 December 1863–29 April 1865, kept by James Phillips, with brief entries recording daily events in the regiment and mentioning the following engagements: the battles of Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, and Cold Harbor and the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns (section 2); letters, 1863, from James Phillips to Robert Hall Chilton (1815–1879) concerning requests for leaves of absence to visit Richmond to purchase clothing and to help his family move from the city (section 3); a parole, 10 April 1865, issued to Phillips at Appomattox Court House; Special Order No. 25, 9 March 1863, regarding James Phillips's promotion to first lieutenant of Company G of the 12th Virginia; General Order No. 63, 25 August 1861, issued by John B. Magruder concerning an impending inspection and muster of the Confederate Army of the Peninsula at Yorktown; and an undated postwar list of engagements and battles in which Company G of the 12th Virginia Infantry participated (section 4).
Phillips, James Eldred, Reminiscence, 190[?]. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2P5443a1.
A reminiscence, 190[?], by James Eldred Phillips (1838–1905) of Company G of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment, recounting his unit's role at the battle of the Crater.
Pickett, Charles, Letter, 1894. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss7:1P5864:1.
A photocopy of a letter, 17 December 1894, printed in the Richmond Times, 19 December 1894, from Charles Pickett to the public concerning the conduct of George Edward Pickett at the battle of Gettysburg. Another photocopy of the same item is cataloged as Mss9:1P5865:1.
Pickett, Charles, Letter, 1898. 1 item. Mss2P5868a1.
A letter, 12 September 1898, from Charles Pickett (1840–1899) of Norfolk to his grandson concerning the sacrifices and service of southern women during the Civil War.
Pierpont, John, Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2P6136a1.
A letter, 4 October 1861, from John Pierpont (1785–1866) of the 22d Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to Francis Harrison Pierpont (1814–1899) regarding his decision to enlist as chaplain of the regiment.
Pipes, David Washington, Memoirs, ca. 1926. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss5:1P6615:1. Restricted use.
This collection contains a photocopy of a typed transcript of the memoirs of David Washington Pipes (b. 1845). The memoirs chiefly concern Pipes's service in the Louisiana Washington Artillery Battalion at the battle of Chancellorsville and in the Gettysburg, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, and Appomattox campaigns. Permission to quote from the memoir must be obtained from the donor.
Place, Thomas, Scrapbook, 1862–1899. 1 volume. Mss5:7 P6902:1.
Scrapbook compiled by Thomas Place ([b. 1839?] of Hempstead, N.Y.) after the Civil War, documenting, in drawings and photographs, his service in Virginia as a member of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles. The bulk of the pencil drawings by Place depict activities and scenes around Suffolk in the winter of 1862 and during the siege of April 1863. Included are sketches of military camps and fortifications, scenes of camp life, and drawings of the towns of Providence Church, Waverly, and Windsor, and the Dismal Swamp. Other Virginia locations sketched by Place include Yorktown, Jamestown, Williamsburg (including the College of William and Mary and a view of the town from the courthouse to the college), and Libby Prison in Richmond. Other scenes include South Mills, Edenton, and Elizabeth City, N.C., a depiction of the murder of Lt. William W. Disosway [i.e., Disoway] (of Troop M of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles) by John Boyle (of Troop H of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles) in Williamsburg and a slave community at Gloucester Point, and scenes from the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Also, includes photographs of Thomas Place, Matthew Darcy (b. 1824?), Jacob Kilmartin (b. 1839?), Dewitt C. Ellis (b. 1837?), J. S. Lyons, Alfred G. Strever (b. 1843?), Christopher G. Calo (b. 1843?), W. H. Wixon (b. 1841?), E. Z. C. Judson (b. 1835?), Charles S. Greenfield, Henry A. Candie, James S. McCollum (b. 1843?), and the 38th anniversary reunion of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles in 1899; and a letter, 1865 June 15, written by D. C. Ellis concerning the good character of Thomas Place.
Platt, Eleanor Beverley (Meade), Letter, 1864. 1 item. Mss2P6977a1.
A letter, 31 December 1864, from Eleanor Beverley (Meade) Platt (1834–1867) of Petersburg to her mother, Rebecca Wormeley (Beverley) Meade (1803–1867), concerning the costliness of employing slaves as domestic servants during the siege of Petersburg, a visit from Robert E. Lee, and the feeding and entertainment of Confederate army chaplains by the Reverend William Henry Platt (1821–1898).
Pleasants, James, Letters, 1861. 2 items. Mss2P7105a.
Letters, 1861, from James Pleasants (1831–1898) of the Hampden Artillery Battery concerning his service and the strategic situation in western Virginia (a1), artillery training in Richmond in June 1861, and news of fellow artillerists William Henderson Caskie (1834–1900), Alfred Ranson Courtney (1833–1914), Joseph White Latimer (1843–1863), and Lawrence Slaughter Marye (b. 1833) (a2).
Powell, Daniel Lee, Papers, 1844–1864. 4 items. Mss2P8713b.
This collection contains the letters, 1844–1864, of Daniel Lee Powell (1826–1871) of Richmond. Civil War items include a letter, 10 March 1862, to Alfred Harrison Powell (1831–1904) concerning the fate of citizens in northern Virginia following the Confederate retreat from Manassas in March 1862 and news of the activities of the CSS Virginia (b2); and a letter, 3 July 1864, to William Alexander Powell (1798–1870) reporting news of Confederate military operations in Georgia, in the Shenandoah Valley, and east of Richmond and briefly mentioning the presence of Union wounded in city hospitals (b4).
Powell Family Papers, 1862–1936. 46 items. Mss1P8718b. Microfilm reel C129.
Contains the papers of the Powell family of Jefferson County (now W.Va.). Civil War items consist of letters, 1862, to John Simms Powell (1818–1889), while serving in the Confederate Quartermaster's Department, concerning duty assignments in Richmond and Lynchburg (section 1).
Powell, James Leavett, Reminiscences, 1903. 1 item. Typescript. Mss5:1P8715:1.
This collection contains a typescript copy of the reminiscences of John Leavett Powell (1834–1914) primarily concerning his service in the 60th Virginia Infantry Regiment and in Company E of the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Included are descriptions of his service in western Virginia (now W.Va.) in 1861, of his brother's death at the battle of Cedar Mountain, of his capture during the Mine Run campaign, of his imprisonment at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C., and at Fort Warren, Mass., and of his trial as an accused spy.
Powell, Paulus, Papers, 1848–1868. 66 items. Mss1P8717a.
Contains the papers of Paulus Powell (1809–1874), an Amherst County state legislator and congressman. Included is a letter, 7 February 1865, to Powell, as a Confederate congressional commissioner to assess claims of wartime damages to private property, from Bolling Walker Haxall (1814–1885) regarding losses sustained during an encampment of Confederate troops on Haxall's Albemarle County farm in the spring of 1864. The letter provides details about the encampment and Haxall's efforts to secure evidence of the damages.
Powell, William Henry, Letter, 1867. 1 item. Mss2P8719a1.
A letter, 3 April 1867, from William Henry Powell (1825–1904) to Susanna Montgomery (Crockett) Spiller (1809–1883) of Wytheville concerning her care of Powell's wounds, which he received while serving in the U. S. Army at an 18 July 1863 engagement at Wytheville.
Powers, James L., Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2P8735a1.
A letter, 19 May 1862, from James L. Powers of the 22d Virginia Infantry Battalion to his sister, Roberta Mackay (Smith) Powers (b. 1831), concerning camp life near Milford Depot, civilians evacuating Richmond after the 15 May battle of Drewry's Bluff, his attitude toward the Confederate government following the fall of New Orleans, La., and Norfolk, and his expression of confidence in Thomas J. Jackson's forces in the Shenandoah Valley.
Powers, Philip Henry, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2P8745a1.
A letter, 27 April 1862, from Philip Henry Powers (1827–1887), while serving as quartermaster on the staff of J. E. B. Stuart, to his sister, Mary Johnston (Bryson) Powers (1828–1866), discussing living conditions at Camp Forlorn in Warwick County (now part of Newport News), his attitude toward officer elections in Confederate regiments, and the current military situation on the Peninsula. Appended is a letter, 2 May 1862, from James L. Powers of the 22d Virginia Infantry Battalion to his sister regarding family news.
Pratt, Alonzo D., Letter, 1864. 1 item. Mss2P8882a1.
A letter, 12 September 1864, from Alonzo D. Pratt, while serving as provost marshal at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to John Woolley (d. 1873), provost marshal of the United States Middle Department, concerning the arrest of two women dressed as members of the 1st West Virginia Cavalry Regiment.
Price Family Papers, 1826–1927. 251 items. Mss1P9318b
This collection of Price family papers consists primarily of materials concerning family genealogy. Wartime items include a letter, 30 May 1864, written by William Jessup Armstrong (b. 1841) to his sister, Charlotte Pleasants Armstrong (b. 1835), discussing Union troop movements near Hanover Town in Hanover County before the battle of Cold Harbor (Section 3); and letters, 1861–1862, written by Archibald Pleasants ([1839–1862] while serving in the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment) to his cousin, Charlotte Pleasants Armstrong, describing camp life and picket duty in Fairfax County (Section 5).
Price, Levinia G. (Martin), Papers, 1861–1863. 17 items. Photocopies. Mss2P9313b.
This collection consists primarily of wartime letters written to Levinia G. (Martin) Price (b. 1812) of Duplin County, N.C., by her sons: Robert Dun Price (1844–1863) of the 2d North Carolina Infantry Regiment concerning homesickness and camp life (b1–4); Stephen Jones Price (1841–1862) of the 2d North Carolina describing the unit's journey to and reception in Richmond in December 1861, family news, his discouragement following Confederate military reverses in February 1862, Union naval fire on Fort Fisher, N.C. and the physical condition of his regiment in mid-July 1862 (b5–13); and William Henry Price (1840–1863) of an unidentified unit concerning the death of his brother Robert Dun Price (b14). Also included are letters from William Price to his wife, Jerome Price, discussing camp life (b15), and from Stephen Price to his sister, Mary Jane Price (b. 1845), concerning camp life and Union military activity on the coast of North Carolina in February 1862 (b16–17).
Price, Richard Channing, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2P9314a1.
A letter, 6 August 1862, from Richard Channing Price (1843–1863), while aide-de-camp on the staff of J. E. B. Stuart, to his sister, Virginia Eliza Price (1833–1908) of Dundee, Hanover County, concerning the purchase of a horse in Richmond, the arrival of recently exchanged Confederate prisoners in the city, and the dispatch of ordnance to Malvern Hill.
Price, Richard Channing, Papers, 1858–1863. 21 items. Photocopies. Mss1P9316a.
This collection contains photocopies of papers primarily relating to service of Richard Channing Price (1843–1863) in the 3d Company of Richmond Howitzers and on the staff of J. E. B. Stuart. Letters and telegrams, 1861–1863, from Channing Price to Thomas Randolph Price (1806–1868), Virginia Eliza Price (1833–1908), and J. E. B. Stuart discuss camp life near Yorktown in 1861, social life on Stuart's staff in 1863, and Stuart's offer to Price of a position on his staff in July 1862 (section 2). Letters, 1862–1863, from J. E. B. Stuart to Edgar Fearn Moseley (1837–1864) of the 3d Company of Richmond Howitzers and Thomas Randolph Price concern Stuart's attempt to transfer Channing Price to his staff and Stuart's expression of sympathy on the death of Channing Price at the battle of Chancellorsville (section 3). Other items in the collection include telegrams, 1863, concerning the death and burial of Channing Price (section 4), and General Order No. 15, 10 May 1863, issued by Stuart, announcing to the cavalry the death of Channing Price (section 3).
Prisoner's Club, Libby Prison, Richmond, Constitution, 1862. 2 items. Photocopies. Mss4P9388a1–2.
Contains a photocopy of the Constitution of the Prisoner's Club of Libby Prison, Richmond, and a roster of its fifty-nine members. Written by J. Frederick Pierson of the 1st New York Infantry Regiment, the constitution defines the duties of its officers and the expected conduct of its members.
Pulliam, Samuel Harper, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Mss2P9675a1.
A letter, 19 January 1863, from Samuel Harper Pulliam (1841–1908) of the Martin Artillery Battery to his aunt, Eliza M. Jackson (b. 1822?) of Columbia, concerning camp life near Blackwater Bridge, the battery's role in the Suffolk campaign, and an outbreak of smallpox in the Confederate armies in North Carolina and Virginia. The collection includes a typed transcript of the letter.
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