Dabney Family Papers, 1742–1928. 4,012 items. Mss1D1124b. Microfilm reels C330–331.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Charles William Dabney (1809–1895) of Aldingham, Hanover County. Civil War materials include Confederate tax-in-kind receipts, 1864, for wheat, corn, oats, hay, wool, rye, and molasses, and an invoice, 23 May 1861, of ordnance stores turned over to Charles William Dabney of Company C of the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment (section 22).
Dabney Family Papers, 1824–1927. 290 items. Mss1D1124a.
This collection contains the papers of the Dabney family of Amherst and Hanover counties. The correspondence, 1861–1889, of Robert Lewis Dabney (1820–1898) includes letters to his sister, Elizabeth Catherine Dabney, discussing his duties as chaplain of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment and offering a description of the first battle of Bull Run; to his mother, Elizabeth Randolph (Price) Dabney (1784–1873), concerning his feelings toward secession, the formation of the "Prospect Rifle Greys" (later Company D of the 18th Virginia), and a description of Pierre G. T. Beauregard; and to William James Hoge (1825–1864) regarding plans to purchase Bibles from England for Confederate soldiers (section 5).
Dahlgren, Madeleine Vinton, Letter, 1894. 1 item. Mss2D1384a1.
Consists of a letter, 19 November 1894, written by Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren (1825–1898) to D. A. Kitchen concerning the theft of personal items from the body of her husband's son, Ulric Dahlgren (1842–1864), during Dahlgren's raid on Richmond in 1864, and their subsequent return to his father, Admiral John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren (1809–1870).
Dahlgren, Ulric, Speech, 1864. 1 item. Copy. Mss2D1385a1–2.
A facsimile copy of the address and orders, 1864, issued by Ulric Dahlgren (1842–1864) to his men revealing the plan of Dahlgren's raid on Richmond in March 1864. This item is printed in Virgil Carrington Jones, Eight Hours before Richmond (New York, 1957).
Dame Family Papers, 1836–1901. 436 items. Mss1D1825a. Microfilm reel C454.
Contains the papers of the Dame family of Cumberland County. Civil War items include a letter, 8 January 1864, from William Meade Dame (1844–1923) of the 1st Company of the Richmond Howitzers to his father, George Washington Dame (1812–1895), concerning camp life and picket duty at Morton's Ford on the Rapidan River, and a letter, 18 November 1861, from Mary May (Page) Irving (1832?–1884) to her uncle, George W. Dame, describing, in part, her husband's narrow escape from capture by Union troops near Rockbridge County (section 2).
Daniel Family Papers, 1805–1877. 116 items. Mss1D2278b. Microfilm reel C298.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Peter Vivian Daniel (1784–1860) of Richmond, a United States Circuit Court judge and Supreme Court justice. Included is a letter, 8 August , from Raleigh Travers Daniel (1805–1877) to his sister, Elizabeth Randolph Daniel (1810–1879), concerning the wounding of his son, Raleigh Travers Daniel, Jr. (1833–1919), in the battle of Malvern Hill (section 7).
Daniel, John Warwick, Diary, 1864. 16 pp. Mss5:1D2244:2. Microfilm reel C594.
Kept by John Warwick Daniel (1842–1910) while serving on the staff of Jubal A. Early, this diary, 16 April–21 September 1864, includes entries concerning camp life, the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and Daniel's recuperation from wounds in a hospital at Lynchburg.
Daniel, John Warwick, Memoir, 1863. 27 pp. Mss5:1D2244:1. Microfilm reel C594.
This memoir, written 20 November 1863, by John Warwick Daniel (1842–1910) of Jubal A. Early's staff, concerns Early's division's role in the battle of Gettysburg. In vivid detail, Daniel describes the approach to battle on 1 July 1863, the fight in the town of Gettysburg, the Confederate assaults on Cemetery Hill and Culp's Hill of 2–3 July 1863, and the withdrawal of the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg on 4 July 1863.
Daniel, Robert Williams, collector, Papers, 1776–1882. 26 items. Mss1D2266a.
Contains eighteenth- and nineteenth-century documents collected by Robert Williams Daniel (b. 1936) of Brandon, Spring Grove. Civil War materials include passes, 1861–1862, issued to Robert Findlater Williams (1831?–1893) of Richmond by the Confederate Army of South Carolina, the Confederate War Department, and the mayors of Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. (section 7).
Darby, Thomas F., Letters, 1861–1863. 17 items. Mss2D2425b.
This collection contains letters, 1861–1863, from Thomas F. Darby of Company D of the 29th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to friends and family members. Darby's letters offer descriptions of Hampton in the fall and winter of 1861, camp life, a march through central Kentucky, Thomas Francis Meagher's Irish Brigade, and an 1861 Thanksgiving Day feast. Military events mentioned by Darby include news of Ambrose Everett Burnside's expedition to Roanoke Island, N.C.; the arrival of Union troops under Samuel Peter Heintzelman at Fort Monroe in March 1862; the building of defenses near Fair Oaks Station in late June 1862; brief mention of a wound he suffered at the battle of White Oak Swamp; and his unit's situation following the battle of Fredericksburg and on the eve of Ambrose Burnside's "Mud March" in January 1863.
Darden, William H., Papers, 1861–1865. 11 items. Photocopies. Mss1D2465a.
This small collection contains the letters, 1861–1865, of William H. Darden (b. 1831?) of Company A of the 13th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, to Rebecca Darden offering brief descriptions of life at camps located in Isle of Wight and Sussex counties and near Gatesville, N.C., and of cavalry operations near Brandy Station in October 1862.
Davenport, Griffin Barney, Papers, 1864–1865. 23 items. Mss2D2745b.
This small collection consists primarily of accounts, 1864–1865, for household goods purchased by Griffin Barney Davenport (1824–1889) of Richmond. Also includes Special Order No. 65, 8 March 1864, appointing Davenport to duty as a commissary agent charged with buying tobacco in Richmond for the Confederate army (b1).
Davidson, Charles E., Papers, 1850–1870. 21 items. Mss2D2815b.
This collection consists primarily of the wartime letters, 1861–1862, of Charles E. Davidson (d. 1870), a Confederate surgeon in Richmond. Topics in the letters include the declaration of martial law in the city, the approach of Union troops east of the city in April 1862, skirmishing between armies in late June 1862 on the eve of the Seven Days Battles, and a visit to the home of Jefferson Davis.
Davie, Preston, Papers, 1750–1967. 633 items. Mss1D2856d. Microfilm reel C15.
This collection contains papers compiled by Preston Davie of New York, N.Y. Civil War items consist of letters, 1861, from John Smith Preston (1809–1881) to Pierre G. T. Beauregard offering a description of the chaotic atmosphere in Richmond in May 1861, and announcing the fall of Port Royal, S.C., to Union forces in November 1861; typescript copies of letters, 1864, from James Chesnut (1815–1885) to John Preston concerning Preston's duties with the Confederate Bureau of Conscription (section 9); and a letter, 20 July 1861, from John Buchanan Floyd to Daniel S. Printup thanking him for his support of Floyd's brigade and asking Printup to send him rifles (section 16).
Davis, Caroline Kean (Hill), Diary, 1861–1865. 1 volume. Mss5:1D2913:2. Microfilm reel C274.
This collection contains a diary, 24 April 1861–14 May 1865, kept by Caroline Kean (Hill) Davis (b. 1833) at Woodruffs, King William County. Entries in the diary discuss her job as a teacher in the county, social life and family news, and her reactions to war news. In particular she offers brief descriptions of the outbreak of the war in April 1861, of her experience sewing pants for members of Company D of the 53d Virginia Infantry Regiment, of Union raids in the county, and of the battles of Big Bethel, Shiloh, Seven Pines, Second Bull Run, and Antietam.
Davis, Creed Thomas, Diary, 1864–1865. 1 volume. Mss5:1D2914:2. Microfilm reel C594.
Kept by Creed Thomas Davis (1842–1915), this diary, 4 May 1864–1 July 1865, chronicles his service in the 2d Company of Richmond Howitzers. Detailed daily entries provide descriptions of marches, life in a Union prison at Newport News, northern politics, and the artillery unit's participation in the following military engagements: the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, and Sailor's Creek. Also included in the diary are copies of Robert E. Lee's farewell address (General Order No. 9), the oath of allegiance to the United States, and an example of a soldier’s identification tag. This collection includes a typescript copy of the diary. A handwritten copy of the diary (through 19 February 1865) is also in the Virginia Historical Society's collections (Mss5:1D2914:1). An edited extract of the diary appears in Carlton McCarthy, ed., Contributions to a History of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion: Pamphlet No. 3 (Richmond, 1884), pp. 9–35.
Davis, Hiram A., Letter, 1863. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2D2937a1.
A letter, 26 November 1863, from Hiram A. Davis of Company F of the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment to Anna Hamlet concerning his desire to correspond with her after she treated him at the 2d North Carolina hospital from June through August 1862.
Davis, Jefferson, Letters, 1886. 3 items. Mss2D2944b.
Consists of letters, 28–29 December 1886, from Jefferson Davis to John Thomas Scharf (1843–1898) regarding Scharf's history of the Confederate navy. Specific topics in the letters include the fall of New Orleans in 1862, naval munitions, and the resignation of Union navy officers in the spring of 1861.
Davis, Jefferson, Papers, 1856–1888. 12 items. Mss2D2944a.
This collection contains a small number of wartime and postwar letters of Jefferson Davis. Items relating specifically to the war include a letter, 13 August 1876, from Davis to James Lyons (1801–1882) of Richmond, concerning Davis's removal of Joseph E. Johnston from command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in 1864 (a3); a letter, 21 July 1862, to Davis from Henry Kulsey of Ringgold, Ga., requesting that Davis send him a sack of salt (a4); a letter, 20 March 1863, to Davis from James Alfred Jones (b. 1820) of Richmond, regarding the laws passed concerning interest on Confederate bonds and securities (a5); a letter, 15 May 1884, from Davis to Mrs. John Milton Fessenden in which Davis denies the rumor that he took with him money from the banks of Richmond when he evacuated that city in April 1865 (a8); a photocopy of a letter, 3 May 1863, from Davis to Reuben Davis (1813–1890) of Columbus, Miss., concerning the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., and the command of Confederate troops in Aberdeen, Miss. (a10); and the draft of a telegram, ca. August 1861, from Davis to John Gibson Taylor (1828–1862) of the 2d Mississippi Infantry Battalion inquiring after Joseph Davis Mitchell (1839–1911) of the same unit (a12).
Davis, John W., Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2D2946a1.
A letter, 11 March 1862, from John W. Davis to [?] Cabell in which Davis expresses his wish to succeed Alfred Beckley as a brigadier general in command of Confederate militia troops in western Virginia (now W.Va.).
Dawson Family Papers, 1863–1893. 7 items. Mss2D3286b.
Contains the papers of the Dawson family of Mississippi. Included is the account, 1 May 1863, of Thomas Gibbes Morgan (d. 1864) for provisions with the commissary department of the 7th Louisiana Infantry Regiment (b7).
Deane, Josiah Clarence, Papers, 1861–1863. 12 items. Photocopies. Mss2D3466b.
This collection contains the papers of Josiah Clarence Deane of the 59th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Included are letters, 1861–1862, regarding Deane's duty assignments (b1–4), and orders, 1862, concerning Deane's duty as quartermaster in the 59th Virginia, and resignations and appointments of officers in the Army of Northern Virginia (b4–6).
Dearing Family Papers, 1810–1927. 132 items. Mss1D3475a.
Contains the papers of the Dearing family of Campbell County. The correspondence of James Dearing includes letters, 1862–1863, to his mother, Mary Anna (Lynch) Dearing (1802–1892), describing camp life at Manassas in March 1862 and near Petersburg in March 1863; letters, 1864–1865, to his wife, Roxanna (Birchett) Dearing (b. 1844), discussing his military movements in North Carolina in the spring of 1864, a cavalry fight near Nottoway Court during the Wilson-Kautz cavalry raid, the possibility of his being transferred to the Confederate Army of Tennessee in March 1864, and his activities during the Petersburg campaign; a letter, 12 June 1864, to Dearing from Daniel Harvey Hill concerning Dearing's plan to move cannons to Coggin's Point on the James River to fire at Union transports on the river; a letter, 21 February 1862, from Dearing to his uncle, Charles Henry Lynch (1800–1875), concerning the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson, his opinion of the generalship of Albert Sidney Johnston, and the prospects of military action in northern Virginia; and a letter, 27 November 1861, from Dearing to his sister, Susan Lynch (Dearing) Ward (1838–1892), describing, in part, camp life near Centreville (section 3).
Dearing Family Papers, 1864–1911. 33 items. Mss2D3475b.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Dearing family of Campbell County. Wartime items include a letter, 23 April 1863, from Thomas Taylor Munford (1831–1919) to James Dearing concerning a recommendation for duty in the 38th Virginia Artillery Battalion for Robert Bolling Poore (d. 1910) of the 2d Virginia Cavalry Regiment; drawings, 1864, by John Adams Elder (1833–1895) of Confederate officers in preparation for a likeness of James Dearing; and undated notes by Kirkwood Otey (1829–1897) concerning Dearing's Civil War service (section 3).
Dearing, James, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2D3475a1.
A copy of a letter, 28 April 1862, from James Dearing (1840–1865) to Charles Henry Lynch (1800–1875) describing, in detail, his service in the Lynchburg Artillery Battery during the siege of Yorktown.
DeBree, John, Papers, 1856–1862. 5 items. Mss2D3537b.
This small collection contains papers primarily relating to John DeBree's service in the Confederate navy. Items include a letter, 1861, from Stephen Russell Mallory (1813–1873) concerning DeBree's appointment as paymaster in the Confederate navy; a letter, 11 June 1861, from Mallory regarding the posting of a security bond as paymaster; a pass, 29 April 1862, issued to Debree by the Confederate Provost Marshal's Office for the District of Norfolk allowing him to travel to Richmond to assume the post of head of the Naval Office of Provisions and Clothing; and a letter, 23 October 1862, from Mallory to Alexander M. DeBree concerning his appointment as a first lieutenant in the Confederate navy.
DeButts Family Papers, 1784–1962. 1,254 items. Mss1D3545a.
This collection contains the papers of the DeButts family of Loudoun County. Civil War items include an undated handwritten copy of an affidavit sworn by John Peyton Dulany (1785–1878) describing, in detail, the conduct of Union soldiers who occupied Dulany's Loudoun County farm (section 11); a letter, 28 March 1864, to George William Carlyle Whiting (1809–1864) from Richard Henry Dulany (1820–1906) of the 7th Virginia Cavalry Regiment offering a description of camp life and cavalry operations in the Shenandoah Valley and near Charlottesville; a letter, 27 July 1864, to Richard Dulany from his niece, Julia Beverley Whiting (1840–1925), expressing her feelings toward Union troops in Virginia and her opinions regarding the future campaigning against Ulysses S. Grant’s army; letters, 1861–1864, from Richard Dulany to his sister, Mary Ann DeButts (Dulany) Whiting (1818–1894), concerning the conduct of the soldiers under his command in the 6th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and news of the battle of the Crater (section 13); and a Confederate Treasury bond, 24 November 1864, issued to Mary Whiting (section 17).
Devine, Joseph T., Commonplace Book, ca. 1895. 1 item. Mss5:5D4965:1.
Consists of a commonplace book, kept by Joseph T. Devine, containing the names of casualties and engagements of Company A of the Union 8th Virginia Cavalry Corps.
Dickinson Family Papers, 1805–1988. 339 items. Mss1D5607a.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Dickinson family of Berry Plain, King George County. Wartime items include an affidavit, 1862, written by Henry H. Garrett of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, stating that he had a "pleasant year" serving on picket duty at the Dickinson family farm; military passes, 1863–1864, issued to John Fayette Dickinson (1821–1902) by the Confederate and Union armies granting him permission to travel in King George County; an oath of allegiance to the United States government, 22 May 1865, sworn by John F. Dickinson (section 7); and a letter, 1863, to Virginia Gravatt (Saunders) Dickinson (1827–1874) from Grass L. Dean of Company K of the 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment, thanking her for her hospitality while he served on picket duty at Berry Plain (section 8).
Dickinson, Fannie E. (Taylor), Diary, 1865. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss5:1D5605:1.
A photocopy of a typed transcript of a diary, 4–18 April 1865, kept by Fannie E. (Taylor) Dickinson (d. 1897) of Richmond documenting the chaotic days in the capital city immediately following the Confederate evacuation. Included are Fannie Dickinson's personal reactions to the situation and her attitude toward occupying Union soldiers.
Dimmock, Charles Henry, Papers, 1850–1873. 180 items. Mss1D5966a.
This collection contains materials relating primarily to service of Charles Henry Dimmock (1831–1873) as an engineer in the Army of Northern Virginia. In letters to his wife, Elizabeth Lewis (Selden) Dimmock (1842–1930), he briefly discusses the Gettysburg campaign (5 July 1863), his concern for his wife's safety at Gloucester (13 June 1863), his duties as an engineer during the Suffolk campaign (26 April 1863), Union shelling of Petersburg (26 and 30 June 1864), his role in the construction of fortifications along the James River (5 June 1864), Confederate camp thieves from William Mahone's division (20 November 1864), and the second battle of Drewry's Bluff (21 May 1864) (section 2). Also in section 2 are letters, 1866, from Dimmock to Robert E. Lee concerning Dimmock's role as builder of the Petersburg defenses, and letters, 1864, between Dimmock and Mahone regarding Dimmock's service with Mahone. Other wartime items include drawings, 1861, of a powder magazine at Fort Nelson, Norfolk, and of an unidentified service magazine (section 7); a report, 1861, by Dimmock describing his activities at Craney Island while overseeing the construction of fortifications, and an undated hand-drawn map of the Confederate defenses around Roanoke Island, N.C. (section 9); and an extract of a report, 1864, written by William Mahone commending Dimmock for his service as engineer at Petersburg (section 10).
Dinwiddie, Harman, Papers, 1861–1864. 8 items. Mss2D6198b.
This small collection of wartime items includes letters, 1861, from Harman Dinwiddie (1841–1861) of the 2d Virginia Infantry Regiment, Wise's Legion (later the 59th Virginia Infantry) describing guard duty, the kind treatment of the regiment by the people of Lewisburg (now W.Va.), and the unit's march from Lewisburg to Gauley Bridge (now W.Va.) (b2–4), and a letter, 14 May 1864, from Robert D. Trieves to Lizzie Brewer of Bristol, Tenn., offering a detailed account of the death of Ludwell L. Hutchison (d. 1864) of the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House and of the fighting there on 12 May 1864 (b7).
Donaldson, John N., Letter, 1863. 1 item. Mss2D7145a1.
Letter, 6 January 1863, written by John N. Donaldson to his brother Andrew regarding his service with the 169th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment at Fort Keyes near Gloucester Point. Included are descriptions of picket duty and contraband slaves coming across the Union lines. On the reverse side is a letter, 6 February 1863, written by John N. Donaldson to his sister Sarah concerning conditions at Fort Keyes and incidents that took place during the transportation of the 169th Pennsylvania from Washington, D.C., to Virginia.
Dorsey, Frances James (La Rue), Diary, 1863. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:1D7385:1.
A photocopy of a diary, 20 August–21 November 1863, kept by Frances James (La Rue) Dorsey (1847–1870) of Bloomfield, Clarke County. Entries offer brief descriptions of encounters between Frances Dorsey and Union and Confederate soldiers.
Doswell Family Papers, 1815–1998. 345 items. Mss1D7424b.
The papers of the Doswell family of “Bullfield,” Hanover County, document the lives of several generations of the horse-breeding family. Items relating to the Civil War include a record of James Turner Doswell’s (1818–1875) service in the Confederate Commissary Department (section 3); correspondence, 1862–1890, of Thomas Walker Doswell (1823–1890) with his wife, Frances Anne (Sutton) Doswell (1837–1903), discussing his service in the Confederate Army in 1862 as an aide to William Starke and include mention of the second battle of Bull Run, the Confederate advance into Maryland, and the capture of Harpers Ferry (section 4); the amnesty oath, 1865, of Thomas Walker Doswell (section 8); a diary, 2–26 April 1865, kept in Richmond by Frances Anne (Sutton) Doswell documenting the fall of the city to the Federal Army, the arrival of African American troops, the devastation caused by the fire set by retreating Confederates, the behavior of the newly freed slaves, the Union Army’s efforts to restore order (including impressment of the freedmen to help clean up the city), and the arrival of Abraham Lincoln (section 9); a letter, 24 March 1864, containing a petition to James Alexander Seddon (1815–1880) from a group of prominent men of Richmond asking that Thomas Walker Doswell be appointed a provost marshal to oversee the city’s police force; and a letter, 6 April 1864, written by James Taylor Sutton (1791–1864) to his daughter Ella (Sutton) Davis in part describing wartime conditions in Richmond (section 12).
Douglas, Charles Achilles, Papers, 1864–1865. 10 items. Mss2D7453b.
Contains letters, 1864–1865, from Charles Achilles Douglas (b. 1830) of the 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment to his wife, Caroline Matilda (Smith) Douglas, concerning his advice to her regarding the operation of their Campbell County farm, his request for a leave of absence, and his life while a prisoner of war at Point Lookout, Md. Also includes Douglas's oath of allegiance to the United States government and his parole of honor.
Douglas, Maggie R., Autograph Album, 1862–1886. 1 volume. Mss5:6D7465:1.
This collection consists of an autograph album, kept by Maggie R. Douglas, containing the names and addresses of fifty-eight prisoners held at Fort Warren, Mass., on 29–30 May 1862. The prisoners include Maryland state government officials and twenty Confederate officers captured at Fort Donelson, Tenn.
Downman Family Papers, 1699–1909. 102 items. Mss1D7598a.
Contains the papers of members of the Downman family of Virginia. Civil War items include an undated petition of George Hamilton (1815–1880), as executor of his father's estate, regarding the investment of estate funds in Confederate bonds (section 8); letters, 1862–1865, from Rawleigh William Downman (1830–1882) of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment to his wife, Mary Alice (Magruder) Downman, concerning social life in the regiment, cavalry operations in January 1864, the Appomattox campaign, and the battles of Antietam and Cedar Creek (section 10); letters, 1864, to Mary Downman from Julia Romney Downman (1820–1891) and Emma Stanley (Downman) Wallace (1838–1872) consoling her on the death of William H. Magruder (d. 1864) of the Ashby Horse Artillery Battery (section 12); and letters, 1863–1865, to Harriet Jane (Downman) Downman (1797–1869) from her son, John Joseph Downman (1835–1873) of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, describing his service at New Market and Barboursville, and from her daughter, Lavinia Yates (Downman) Hamilton (1822–1889), concerning, in part, Lavinia's life behind Union lines in Culpeper County (section 13).
Other wartime items include a Confederate military pass, 1 May 1864, issued to Rawleigh Downman granting him permission to visit Stafford; a certificate of valuation, 1 December 1863, for horses issued to members of the 4th Virginia Cavalry; an affidavit, 27 May 1863, stating the value of Rawleigh Downman's horse, which was captured along with Downman in April; an order, 19 January 1865, concerning the procurement of provisions for a detail of Confederate soldiers; and a parole, 20 April 1863, issued to Rawleigh Downman by the Army of the Potomac (section 11).
Duffey, Edward Samuel, Diary, 1861–1864. 1 volume. Mss5:1D8737:1. Microfilm reel C594.
The diary, 17 June 1861–31 March 1864, of Edward Samuel Duffey (1841–1926) documents his service in Kemper's and Parker's artillery batteries. His entries include descriptions of camp life, marches, and the battles of First and Second Bull Run, Seven Pines, Savage's Station, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Lookout Mountain, Tenn.
Dulany, Mary Eliza (Powell), Diary, 1862–1863. 1 volume. Mss5:1D8865:1.
Kept by Mary Eliza (Powell) Dulany (1836–1897) in Fauquier and Loudoun counties, this diary concerns her management of the family farm, the problem of Union plundering in the region, her anxiety over her husband's service in the Confederate army, and her attempt to reconcile conflicting rumors and newspaper accounts of battles and casualties.
Dunn Family Papers, 1844–1946. 478 items. Mss1D9224a.
This collection primarily consists of the papers of William Melville Summerfield Dunn (1834–1906) of Midway, Nelson County. Section 2 contains letters to Dunn from Robert Irvine Anthony (1842–1864) of the Alleghany Artillery Battery (concerning the battle of Gettysburg), Pattie Anna (Dunn) Cosby (concerning the wounding and death of Robert Emory Dunn [1840?–1864]), Deborah M. Couch (concerning William Dunn's possible position with the Danville Railroad in 1864), George C. Dickinson (concerning operations of the Piedmont Rail Road in 1862), Robert Emory Dunn (while a student at Randolph-Macon College and while serving in Company D of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment, concerning secession, an engagement at Morton's Ford on 6 February 1864, the battles of Fredericksburg, Bristoe Station, and Gettysburg, the desertion of military substitutes, and camp life near Somerville in 1864), Sallie Shepherd (Thompson) Dunn (concerning secession and the preparation for war in Albemarle County), Thomas Martin Dunn ([1836–1916] concerning a cavalry skirmish at Newark during Stoneman's raid in May 1863), Thomas Rivers Dunn ([1814?–1888] concerning secession and the preparation for war in Albemarle County, general war news, and news of his sons in Confederate service), Garrett Gideon Gooch (1837–1909] concerning the death of Robert Irvine Anthony), Frederick Harris (concerning Union cavalry raids in Hanover and Louisa counties in May 1863), Edmund Trewbridge Dana Myers ([1830–1905] concerning construction and repairs on the Piedmont Railroad), and Ferdinand M. Wiley (concerning military operations in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign).
Section 4 contains materials concerning Dunn's service with the Piedmont Rail Road Company. This includes correspondence of Edward T. D. Myers, and a copy of an 1863 act of the Confederate Congress regulating impressments.
Section 12 consists of letters written to William Dunn's wife, Elizabeth Irvine (Anthony) Dunn (1839–1905), from Robert Irvine Anthony (concerning camp life in the Alleghany Artillery Battery), Sallie Lewis Anthony ([b. 1836] concerning life on the home front in Alleghany County), Samuella Bolling Anthony ([b. 1845] concerning Robert I. Anthony), Mary A. C. Myers (concerning the death of Robert I. Anthony), Lucy Brown Cabell ([b. 1836] concerning news of the battle of Gettysburg), Robert Emory Dunn (concerning camp life near Centreville in December 1861), Elizabeth F. Irvine (concerning the home front in Albemarle County in 1862), and Ferdinand M. Wiley (concerning the Lexington home front and bearing a letter of Elizabeth F. Irvine to Mary P. (Irvine) Wiley concerning Dr. William Parker Rucker (1831–1904) and raids by Union troops in Alleghany County in 1862).
Other items include two letters, 1864, from Robert E. Dunn to Pattie Cosby concerning camp life near Somerville, and Dunn's opinion of Ulysses Simpson Grant (section 14); two letters, ca. 1863, from Samuella Anthony to Robert I. Anthony concerning mutual friends in Confederate service (section 16); and a diary, June–July 1864, kept by an unidentified teacher in a female school in Lynchburg, and a bill of lading, 1864, for the shipment of leather by the Confederate Quartermaster's Department on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad (section 18).
Dunton, Augustus T., Telegram, 1865. 1 item. Mss2D9235a1.
Telegram, 16 July 1865, sent by Augustus T. Dunton (as assistant quartermaster for the U.S. Army at City Point) to Maj. [W. H. D.] Cochrane (as chief quartermaster of the 1st Division, II Corps, Army of the Potomac) concerning the availability of a vessel currently being used to transport troops from City Point.
Durgin Family Papers, 1849–1950. 40 items. Mss1D9345a.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Durgin family of New Hampshire. Civil War materials include letters, 1863, to John Milton Durgin (1813–1887) concerning the death of his son, John Milton Durgin (1845–1863) of the 7th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, during the siege of Charleston, S.C., and brief notes on the battle of Chancellorsville by John Durgin, Sr. (section 2); letters, 1861–1862, from John M. Durgin (1845–1863) to family members describing camp life in the 7th New Hampshire near Washington, D.C., and at St. Augustine and Fort Jefferson, Tortugas Island, Fla. (section 3); a letter, 2 November 1862, to John M. Durgin from his cousin, Hannah F. Thayer, regarding family news and her opinion of the war (section 3); letters, 1861–1862, to Harriet (Shaw) Knox of Hill, N.H., from B. S. Norton concerning the death of her brother, Charles S. Shaw of the 26th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, from diphtheria, from Charles Shaw discussing his health while stationed at Ship Island, Miss., and from her brother, Henry Shaw of the 2d New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, describing winter quarters and picket duty along the Potomac River in 1861, and the unit's march from Alexandria to Fredericksburg in November 1862 (section 4); and a letter, 28 March 1862, from C.C.P. of the 4th Illinois Cavalry Regiment briefly recounting his regiment's activities following the battle of Fort Donelson, Tenn. (section 5).
Dwinelle, Justin, Papers, 1861–1864. 310 items. Mss1D9694b.
This collection contains materials relating to the service of Justin Dwinelle (1822–1871) as surgeon of the 106th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and in the 2d Corps Hospital, Army of the Potomac. Section 1 consists of a letterbook, 23 January–7 June 1863, of the 2d Corps Hospital and includes the correspondence of Justin Dwinelle concerning operations of the hospital, a list of surgeons of the hospital, and a list of sick to be sent to the general hospital at Washington, D.C. Section 2 contains the correspondence, 1861–1864, of Justin Dwinelle with numerous individuals concerning medical supply requests, duty assignments, medical personnel, and operations of the 2d Corps Hospital. Section 3 holds general and special orders, 1861–1864, received by Dwinelle regarding duty assignments and hospital operations. Sections 4–7 contain accounts, 1863–1864, of food purchased, kept by Dwinelle at Morrisville and Potomac Creek; invoices, 1862–1864, of medical and hospital supplies; invoices, 1862–1864, of quartermaster's stores received; and invoices, 1863–1864, of commissary stores received.
Section 8 consists of miscellaneous materials and includes a medical pass, 15 September 1861, issued to John Keyser of an unidentified unit; lists, 1862–1864, of articles lost or destroyed in the field compiled by Dwinelle; requisitions, 1863, of Dr. John Houston of the 2d Corps Hospital for forage for a horse; and a report, May 1864, of Dr. J. Franklin Dyer concerning wounds and injuries received in action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House by the 2d Division of the 2d Corps, Army of the Potomac. Section 9 contains correspondence, 1861–1863, of several individuals concerning operations of the 2d Corps Hospital. Section 10 contains photographs, 1864, of Union field hospitals of the 2d Corps at Brandy Station.
Dwinelle, Justin, Papers, 1831–1871. 46 items. Mss1D9694a.
Consists of the papers of Justin Dwinelle (1822–1871) of New York. Section 4 contains materials concerning Dwinelle's service as surgeon in the 106th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment and in the 2d Corps Hospital of the Army of the Potomac. Included are Dwinelle's correspondence, 1863, regarding the receipt of medical records, a request for permission for two women to serve as nurses in the general hospital of the 2d Corps, and a report by Dwinelle testifying to the poor condition of the field hospitals of the 2d Corps; orders, 1863, concerning the collection of pathological specimens from field hospitals, and the operation of field hospitals on the eve of the Chancellorsville campaign; accounts, 1863, for medical supplies; invoices, 1863–1864, for medical supplies received; receipts, 1862–1864, for received quartermaster's stores; a requisition, 1863, for forage for a horse; a list, 1863, of commissary property belonging to the 106th Pennsylvania; a printed copy of the supply table for the Medical Department of the Army of the Potomac; and a printed copy of General Order No. 351 concerning the use of women as nurses in Union army general hospitals.
Updated February 17, 2006