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Early Family Papers - Ezell Family Papers

Early Family Papers, 1764–1956. 437 items. Mss1EA765b. Microfilm reels C456–458.
This collection contains the papers of the Early family of Franklin County and Lynchburg. Civil War materials include a letter, 7 January 1863, from Joab Early (1791–1870) to his son, Jubal A. Early, regarding Union military operations in western Virginia (section 1); the correspondence of Jubal A. Early with Pierre G. T. Beauregard (concerning the placement of pickets and artillery near Centreville in June 1861), Edward William Bok ([1863–1930] concern ing the burning of Chambersburg, Pa., by Confederate troops under Early's command), John Warwick Daniel ([1842–1910] concerning Daniel's acceptance of the position of assistant adjutant general on Early's staff in March 1863), Richard Stoddert Ewell (concerning Jubal Early's promotion to major general in January 1863), Robert E. Lee (concerning Early's strategy in the Shenandoah Valley following the battle of Fisher's Hill and Early's removal from command of the Army of the Valley in 1865), James Longstreet (concerning a request in March 1862 for Early to relocate his brigade's camp), Charles Marshall ([1830–1902] a postwar letter concerning Longstreet's conduct at the battle of Gettysburg), and J. E. B. Stuart (concerning Jubal Early's misuse of cavalry troops) (section 4).

Also includes General Order No. 4, 26 August 1861, issued by Jubal Early announcing brigade staff appointments (section 6); a letter, 14 April 1862, from Raleigh Edward Colston containing a list of general and field officers of Colston's brigade; a letter, 11 October 1861, from James Longstreet to Earl Van Dorn regarding Confederate reconnoitering in northern Virginia; a letter, 25 December 1861, from Robert Emmett Rodes concerning the encampment of the 16th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in December 1861; and a letter, 11 October 1861, from J. E. B. Stuart to Earl Van Dorn regarding cavalry escorts for Confederate reconnaissance (section 7). The correspondence of Samuel Henry Early (1813–1874) of the 2d Virginia Cavalry Regiment includes Special Order No. 294, 28 September 1864, issued by Raleigh E. Colston ordering Samuel Early to organize a scouting party at Lynchburg; a letter, 9 April 1865, from Jefferson Davis concerning a request that Samuel Early provide Robert E. Lee with information on Union troop movements in Henry and Patrick counties; and a commission, 18 September 1861, issued to Samuel Early as first lieutenant and aide-de-camp in the Confederate army (section 8).

Other items include a diary, 8 January–22 April 1865, kept by Mary Washington (Cabell) Early (1846–1917) at Buckingham County, Richmond, and Lynchburg, concerning the wedding of John Pegram, and news of Union troops in the Shenandoah Valley and the Appomattox campaign (section 16); a letter, 7 April 1865, to Mary Early from William Gordon McCabe (1841–1920) discussing the death of William Ransom Johnson Pegram (1841–1865) at the battle of Five Forks and the retreat from Petersburg (section 17); a typed, undated reminiscence of Emma (Lyon) Bryan concerning Jefferson Davis and his wife, Varina (Howell) Davis (1826–1906), in Richmond; a commission, 3 June 1861, of William P. Thompson in the 43d Virginia Militia Regiment; and a Confederate bond, 1861, issued to Peter Hairston (1835–1915), Crockett Ingles Saunders (1835–1910), and Robert Caleb Woods (1830–1873) (section 51).

Early Family Papers, 1798–1903. 239 items. Mss1EA765a. Microfilm reel C456.
Contains the papers of members of the Early family of Lynchburg. Civil War items consist of a letter, 18 February 1863, from John Fletcher Early (d. 1894) at Port Hudson, La., concerning his duties as orderly of Fenner’s Louisiana Artillery Battery (section 1); photocopies of passes, 1862–1864, issued to Bishop John Early (1786–1873) by the Army of Northern Virginia (section 4); passes, 1862–1865, issued to Thomas Howard Early (1828–1904) by the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac; an exemption certificate, 26 March 1864, issued to Thomas H. Early as a Methodist minister by the Enrolling Office of Lynchburg and Campbell County (section 8); and a letter, 14 June 1864, to James Leftwich Brown (1815–1872) from an unidentified author discussing the military situation at Lynchburg and news of Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry command in Tennessee (section 18).

Early, Jubal Anderson, Memoir, 1866. 141 pp. Mss5:1EA768:1. Microfilm reel C596.
This handwritten memoir, drafted in 1866 by Jubal A. Early, covers the operations of the 2d Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia from 3 May 1864 to 30 March 1865. In great detail, Early describes the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Lynchburg, Monocacy, Third Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and Waynesboro. Also in the memoir is a copy of a letter, 30 March 1865, from Robert E. Lee concerning Early's removal from command in the Army of Northern Virginia. The memoir, including the Lee letter, is printed, in a slightly different version, in Jubal A. Early, A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence in the Confederate States of America (Toronto, 1866).

Early, Jubal Anderson, Papers, 1837–1892. 648 items. Mss3EA764a. Microfilm reels C594–596.
This collection contains materials, 1837–1892, collected by Jubal A. Early concerning his career in the United States and Confederate armies. Items pertaining to his service in the United States army include receipts, invoices, and reports, 1837–1838, issued and received by Early while serving in the 3d United States Artillery Regiment in Florida and at Fort Monroe. Civil War materials in the collection consist of returns, muster rolls, and morning and weekly reports, 1861–1864, of units from the Confederate Army of the Potomac, Army of the Peninsula, Army of the Valley, and the Army of Northern Virginia; returns, 1863, of the Union Army of the Potomac; general and special orders, and circulars, 1861–1863, from Confederate commanders, including Early, Richard Stoddert Ewell, Joseph E. Johnston, and Thomas J. Jackson, regarding logistics and courts martial; official letters and reports, 1862–1864, concerning the battles of Williamsburg, Second Bull Run, and Spotsylvania Court House; and, official correspondence, 1861–1864, of Confederate officers concerning daily operations of the southern armies in Virginia. Also in the collection are postwar items including letters, 1872–1892, to Early discussing the battles of First Bull Run, Malvern Hill, and Gettysburg; and an undated series of abstracts for a proposed "History of the Army of Northern Virginia." Correspondents in the papers include Earl Van Dorn, Robert Emmett Rodes, Milledge Luke Bonham, Raleigh Edward Colston, Wade Hampton, and James Gavin Field (1826–1902).

Early, Robert, Papers, 1863–1865. 3 items. Mss2EA765b.
This collection contains materials relating to the Civil War service of Robert Davies Early (1841–1864) and his brother, William Early (1843–1865). Items include a letter, 19 August 1863, to Robert D. Early concerning his appointment as a captain and assistant adjutant general in the Confederate army (b1); a telegram, 4 April 1865, to Dr. Robert Early (d. 1883) of Lynchburg announcing the death of his son William at the battle of Five Forks (b2); and a telegram, 29 July [?], to Dr. Early regarding a leg wound suffered by his son Robert D. Early.

Edmundson Family Papers, 1781–1949. 1,402 items. Mss1ED598a. Microfilm reel B15.
Contains the papers of the Edmundson family of Montgomery County. The correspondence of David Edmundson (1829–1893) of Company B of the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment and of the 21st Virginia Cavalry Regiment includes letters with the following individuals: Maria Antoinette (Radford) Edmundson ([b. 1793] discussing his service near Saltville in the 21st Virginia Cavalry in September 1863), Sally Munford Edmundson (concerning his service in northern Virginia in 1861 and the effects of long marches on the 4th Virginia Infantry), James H. Henning (expressing Henning's desire to join the 4th Virginia Infantry at Harpers Ferry [now W.Va.] in May 1861), William Edmonson Jones (issuing instructions to Edmundson for a cavalry scout in West Virginia in 1863), John M. Kent (seeking advice from Edmundson on whether he should resign from the service for health reasons), Joseph Fleming Loving ([b. 1832] attesting to J. A. Rayburn's physical unfitness for military service in May 1861), William Harvie Richardson ([1795–1876] granting Edmundson authority to raise a company of Virginia State Line soldiers in 1863), Charles Andrew Ronald ([1827–1898] concerning Edmundson's pay as captain of Company B of the 4th Virginia Infantry), Trigg Sheffey (requesting a leave of absence from Edmundson so that he can safely rejoin his regiment), T. Henderson Smith (regarding orders for Edmundson to move the 21st Virginia Cavalry to Saltville in April 1864), John A. Staley (concerning back pay owed to Staley who has been on detached service), and William F. Wright (discussing the need for a commanding officer to be appointed for Wright's company in August 1861) (section 23).

Also included in the collection are the following items relating to Edmundson's military service: a certificate, 8 February 1864, stating the results of officer elections in the 21st Virginia Cavalry; a receipt, 7 May 1861, of food rations received by Edmundson for Company B of the 4th Virginia Infantry; a report of diseases, 1 May 1863, present in Edmundson's company of the 21st Virginia Cavalry; an agreement, 1861, between Edmundson and the Executive Committee of Montgomery County concerning the purchase of shoes and clothing for Company B of the 4th Virginia Infantry; and General Order No. 2, 28 May 1861, concerning movement orders for the 4th and 5th Virginia Infantry regiments (section 27).

Edrington Family Papers, 1766–1967. 503 items. Mss1ED745a. Microfilm reels C559–560; 274–275.
This collection contains the papers of the Edrington family of Stafford County. Wartime materials consist of letters, 1862, from John Catesby Edrington (1829?–1862) of the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment to his sister, Frances Daniel (Edrington) Bozzell (b. 1850?), discussng picket duty and scouting near Fredericksburg in April; letters, 1862, between John Edrington and his sister, Angelina Selden Edrington (b. 1838), concerning militia units at Petersburg in March, and picket duty near Fredericksburg in May (section 15); and a one-page diary, 26 March–4 April 1865, kept by an unidentified member of the 9th Virginia Cavalry, with brief entries describing troop movements southwest of Petersburg and the battle of Five Forks (section 39).

Edwards, John, Will, 1862. 1 item. Mss2ED967a1.
A will, 3 April 1862, of John Edwards dictated at the hospital of the 53d Virginia Infantry Regiment at Suffolk.

Edwards, Julian T., Letter, 1862. 1 item. Photocopy of typescript. Mss2ED969a1.
A transcript of a letter, 15 October 1862, from Julian T. Edwards (b. 1841) of the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment to his parents offering a detailed account of J. E. B. Stuart's second ride around McClellan in October 1862.

Eggleston Family Papers, 1788–1975. ca. 37,000 items. Mss1EG396b.
This collection contains the papers of the Eggleston family of Prince Edward County. Wartime materials center around Joseph Dupuy Eggleston (1831–1908), a Prince Edward County physician. Items include a petition, 10 June 1861, of Prince Edward County citizens to John Letcher (1813–1884) requesting that Joseph Eggleston be released from military service to serve as the community's doctor; a receipt, 31 May 1862, for the payment of $500 to John Hannan for entering the service as a substitute for Joseph Eggleston; certificates, 31 May 1862, issued to Eggleston discharging him from Confederate service after providing a substitute; a tax-in-kind receipt, 9 November 1864, issued to Joseph Eggleston for his payment in fodder; exemptions, 1864, from military service issued to Eggleston; and a pass, 29 May 1862, issued to Joseph Eggleston permitting him to travel to Prince Edward County (section 10).

Eggleston, Joseph William, Autobiography, 1844–1923. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss5:1Eg375:1.
This collection contains a photocopy of a typescript of the autobiography of Joseph William Eggleston (1844–1927). Included is a detailed account of his service in the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment and in the Nelson Light Artillery Battery. Eggleston offers descriptions of his service in the 44th Virginia in western Virginia (now W.Va.) in 1861, of camp life in Richmond, Va., and at Pocotaligo and Hilton Head, S.C., as a member of the Nelson Light Artillery, and of the following engagements: the battles of North Anna and Cold Harbor and the Petersburg campaign (including the battles of the Crater and Fort Harrison).

Elder, Thomas Claybrook, Papers, 1861–1868. 148 items. Mss2EL228b.
Consists primarily of letters from Thomas Claybrook Elder (1834–1904), while serving as chief of subsistence on the staffs of Roger Atkinson Pryor and Edward Aylesworth Perry, to his wife, Anna Fitzhugh (May) Elder (1834–1903). Topics in the letters include Confederate military activity in northern Virginia in 1861, the possibility of British intervention, Elder's duties as a staff officer, news from the western theater throughout the war, the use of substitutes, and Elder's opinion of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. Military operations described in varying detail in the letters include the Peninsula, Second Bull Run, 1862 Maryland, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Petersburg campaigns and the battles of Seven Pines, Chancellorsville, Bristoe Station, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Jerusalem Plank Road, the Crater, and Weldon Railroad.

Elkins, Joseph Milton, Papers, 1861. 6 items. Photocopies of typescripts. Mss2EL524b.
This small collection contains typescript copies of letters home, 1861, from two members of Company E of the 49th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Joseph Milton Elkins's letters to his wife discuss camp life in general and his experience as a guard at a field hospital after the first battle of Bull Run. In a letter, 8 October 1861, to his wife, George Heflin includes a brief description of camp life.

Ellett, Francis Marion, Papers, 1864–1865. 5 items. Mss2EL546b.
This small collection of materials relating to the service of Francis Marion Ellett (b. 1837) of the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment includes a certificate, 6 January 1864, of discharge from the Confederate army issued to Ellett at Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond (b1); a parole, 29 April 1865, issued to Ellett by the Union provost marshal in Danville (b2); amnesty oath and certificate, 15 May 1865, administered to Ellett in Richmond (b3–4); and a pass, 22 May 1865, issued to Ellett granting him permission to travel to Baltimore, Md. (b5).

Ellis Family Papers, 1701–1889. 134 items. Mss1EL598a.
This collection contains the papers of the Ellis family of Henrico County and Richmond. Wartime items include a pass, 5 August 1861, issued to Powhatan Ellis (1790–1863) and his daughter by the Confederate War Department permitting them to travel to the various springs located in Virginia (section 9); passes, 1864, issued to Charles Ellis (1817–1900) allowing him to travel throughout the Confederacy; and an exemption certificate, 21 June 1864, issued to Charles Ellis releasing him from military service while he served as president of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company (section 13).

Ellis, Powhatan, Papers, 1856–1890. 1,592 items. Mss1EL595a.
Contains the papers of Powhatan Ellis (1829–1906) of Richmond. Included in the collection is an undated autobiographical sketch by Powhatan Ellis containing a brief outline of his service during the war on the staffs of Lloyd Tilghman, Bushrod Rust Johnson, Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, William Wirt Adams, William Wing Loring, William Thompson Martin, Leonidas Polk, Stephen Dill Lee, Richard Taylor, and Nathan Bedford Forrest (section 55).

Ellzey, Mason Graham, Memoir, ca. 1910. 1 volume. Typescript copy. Mss5:1EL599:1.
This collection contains a typescript copy of the memoirs of Mason Graham Ellzey (1838–1915) of Loudoun County. Entitled "The Cause We Lost and the Land We Love," Ellzey's memoir includes a detailed account of his service as surgeon in the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment throughout the war.

Elsberg and Amberg, Santa Fe, N.M., Accounts, 1862. 10 items. Mss4EL755b.
Consists of accounts, 1862, for supplies purchased from Elsberg and Amberg for the Confederate Army of New Mexico under Henry Hopkins Sibley.

England Family Papers, 1837–1865. 13 items. Mss2EN343b.
Contains the papers of the England family of Ruther Glen, Caroline County. Included in this collection is a letter, 23 July 1864, from John Trevillian, while serving as a teamster attached to headquarters of John Thompson Brown (1835–1864), to his sister, Roberta Trevillian, concerning poor rations for the horses and men, rumors of John Bell Hood's advances in Georgia, and stalemate in Virginia following the battle of Trevilian Station (b6).

Epes Family Papers, 1802–1984. 343 items. Mss1EP275a.
This collection contains the papers of the Epes family of Virginia. Civil War materials consist of a letter, 26 November 1861, of William Lee Worsham (1843?–1862) of Company C of the 23d Virginia Infantry Regiment discussing orders for his regiment to march from Monterey to Winchester and the possibility of service under Thomas J. Jackson (section 3); a Confederate tax assessment, 1864, for agricultural products owned by Edward Clack Robinson (1818–1884) of Amelia County; a claim, 27 February 1865, of Edward C. Robinson against the Confederacy in behalf of the estate of his son, Henry Burwell Robinson (d. 1864) of Company G of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, for compensation for the loss of a horse (section 9); and a letter and notes, 1914, of Peter Batte Epes (1844–1928) concerning a cavalry engagement near Nottoway Court House on 23 June 1864 during the Wilson-Kautz raid (section 12).

Eppes Family Muniments, 1722–1948. 540 items. Mss1EP734d. Microfilm reels C244–251.
Contains the papers of the Eppes family of Appomattox Manor, City Point (now Hopewell). Civil War materials consist of a diary, 12 August 1859–1 July 1862, kept at Appomattox Manor by Richard Eppes (1824–1896) concerning the secession of Virginia, the formation of local military units, Eppes's purchase of uniforms for fellow members of the "Prince George Cavalry" (later Company F of the 5th Virginia Cavalry Regiment), the use of his slaves in the construction of fortifications at Fort Powhatan, Prince George County, and a summary of the service of the 5th Virginia Cavalry (2 September 1861 and 1 July 1862 entries) (section 46); a letter, 19 May 1861, from Mary Edmonds (Horner) Smith (b. 1821) to Elizabeth Welsh (Horner) Eppes (1832–1905) concerning Smith's expression of loyalty to the United States government and her husband's duties as surgeon general for Pennsylvania (section 72); a letter, 14 May 1863, from Daniel Lyon (b. 1829) of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment to his wife describing Confederate treatment of Union wounded following the battle of Chancellorsville and Thomas J. Jackson's last church service (section 91); and a pass, 5 September 1862, issued to W. L. Crawford allowing him to pass along the Appomattox River on a "flat loaded with corn" (section 92). Included in Richard Eppes's diary are lists of slaves confiscated by Union troops in 1862 from Eppes's City Point and Chesterfield and Charles City counties properties.

Eppes Family Muniments, 1806–1932. 389 items. Mss1EP734a. Microfilm reels C242–243.
This collection contains the papers of the Eppes family of Appomattox Manor, City Point (now Hopewell). Wartime items include a letter, 25 May 1861, from Richard Eppes (1824–1896) of the "Prince George Cavalry" (later Company F of the 5th Virginia Cavalry Regiment) concerning camp life at Lower Brandon, Prince George County; a pass, 1861, issued to Richard Eppes permitting him to travel to his Prince George County home; a pass, 12 November 1861, issued to Richard Eppes and his family permitting them to visit City Point; honorable discharges, 1862, issued to Richard Eppes upon his providing a substitute; and an undated printed roster of the members of Company F of the 5th Virginia Cavalry (section 10). Also included are receipts, 1861–1865, for taxes paid to the sheriffs of Prince George, Chesterfield, Charles City, and Petersburg and an undated receipt for forage purchased from Richard Eppes by the Confederate army (section 11).

Eppes, Richard, Lists, 1864. 3 items. Mss12:1864 May 5:1.
Lists, 5 May 1864, compiled by Dr. Richard Eppes (1824–1896) and John E. Dugger of Company F of the 8th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, of ordnance, rations, private property, slaves, stores, furniture, and medicine from the receiving hospital, City Point (now Hopewell), confiscated by the Army of the Potomac.

Evans, Alexander Mason, Papers, 1864–1865. 8 items. Mss2EV151b.
This collection contains military passes and railroad passes, 1864–1865, issued to Alexander Mason Evans (1842–1899) of Company F of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and a parole of honor, 10 April 1865, issued to Evans at Appomattox Court House.

Evans, James H., Papers, 1856–1865. 6 items. Mss2EV156b.
This collection contains the papers of James H. Evans of Farmville. Included is an incomplete petition, 1865, filed by Evans in Prince Edward County for compensation for the loss of a slave, impressed by the Confederate army, who died of disease while building fortifications near Richmond (b6).

Evans, Maurice, Papers, 1837–1922. 92 items. Mss1EV163a.
Contains the papers of Maurice Evans (1839–1915) of Prince William County. Civil War items consist of a letter, 19 July 1861, from Evans, while serving in Company A of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, to his mother, Mary Anne (Earnest) Evans (1818–1894), concerning the first battle of Bull Run (section 4); a thirty-day furlough , 4 January 1864, issued to Maurice Evans; a certificate, 17 July 1865, documenting Evans's having taken the oath of allegiance to the United States government; an affidavit, 16 April 1865, stating that Evans has taken the oath of allegiance; a pass, 20 April 1865, issued to Evans by the Union provost marshal permitting him to travel to his Prince William County home; a parole of honor, 20 April 1865, issued to Maurice Evans as a prisoner of war; and Evans's undated postwar application for the Confederate Roll of Honor (section 5).

Ezell Family Papers, 1818–1959. 101 items. Mss1EZ333a.
Contains the papers of the Ezell family of Brunswick County. Wartime materials include letters, 1861–1862, from William Robert Ezell (1837–1917) of Neblett's Artillery Battery to his father, Buckner Davis Ezell (1799–1885), discussing his service at Craney Island, in the fall of 1861, and the retreat from Craney Island in May 1862; an undated letter from William Ezell to Mary Ann Patrick (May) Ezell (1809–1896) concerning clothing, camp life, and family news (section 2); and railroad passes, 1861–1865, issued by the Confederate War and Quartermaster's departments to William Ezell permitting him to travel to various locations in Virginia (section 4).

Updated February 25, 2003