St. Paul’s Church (Protestant Episcopal), Richmond, Vestry Book, 1855–1870. 2 volumes. Mss3SA245a. Microfilm reel B58.
This collection consists of records of St. Paul's Church, Richmond. Civil War materials are located in the second and third volume
of the vestry books and include copies of proclamations and reports concerning secession, numerous reports from clergymen
regarding their missionary activities among the troops in Virginia, and copies of congressional and presidential proclamations
calling for support for Confederate troops, women, and civilian refugees (a2–3). Included in the third volume is a copy of a
letter, 18 February 1865, from Robert E. Lee to Ethelbert Barksdale (1824–1893) of the Confederate House of Representatives
discussing the need to recruit black soldiers into the Confederate army (a3, pp. 69–71).
Saunders, Eliza Louise (DeRieux), Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2SA875a2.
A letter, 1 June 1862, from Eliza Louise (DeRieux) Saunders (1798–1886) of Richmond to Adelaide Maria (DeRieux)
Lancaster (1796–1882) concerning her experience assisting Confederate wounded in Richmond during the battle of Seven Pines.
Saunders Family Papers, 1798–1903. 3,571 items. Mss1SA878a. Microfilm reels C476–486.
This collection contains the papers of the Saunders family of Virginia. Civil War items include letters from Fleming Saunders (1829–1907)
of the 42d Virginia Infantry Regiment to his mother, Alice (Watts) Saunders (1797?–1867), concerning the battle of McDowell, the 1862
Maryland campaign, the second battle of Bull Run, camp life, the attempted destruction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad near Martinsburg
(now W.Va.), the Gettysburg and Mine Run campaigns, and the effect of the war on Spotsylvania County residents in May 1864 (section 14);
letters from Chiswell Dabney (1844–1923) while a member of the staffs of J. E. B. Stuart and Rufus Barringer to his father, John Blair Dabney
(1795–1868), discussing the battle of Williamsburg, the near capture of Stuart near Verdiersville in August 1862, and the battles of Second
Bull Run, Chancellorsville, and Brandy Station (section 21), to his mother, Elizabeth Lewis (Towles) Dabney (1801–1883), concerning the
battles of Dranesville and Reams Station, the Peninsula campaign, the Chambersburg raid, and Stuart's ride around McClellan (section 24),
to Rufus Barringer concerning Barringer's imprisonment at Fort Delaware, Del., in 1865, and to Caroline Agatha Dabney (1841–1865)
regarding camp life in 1861 and Chiswell Dabney's fellow staff members (section 50); and an account, 1863, of clothing and pay for George
W. Petter of Company K of the 42d Virginia Infantry Regiment (section 66).
Saunderson, Llewellyn Traherne Bassett, Diary, 1865. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:1SA877:1. Restricted use.
A photocopy of a diary, 17 March–14 April 1865, kept by Llewellyn Traherne Bassett Saunderson (b. 1841) of County Cavan, Ireland, while serving
with the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Entries offer descriptions of cavalry action at the battles of Dinwiddie Court House and Five Forks
and during the Appomattox campaign (particularly at Namozene Church, High Bridge, and Appomattox Court House). The collection includes a
typed transcript of the diary. Permission to publish from the diary must be obtained from the donor.
Schilling, Franz Wilhelm von, Papers, 1851–1939. 211 items. Mss1SCH335b.
Contains the papers of Franz Wilhelm von Schilling (1832–1895) of the 3d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery Regiment. Wartime items include letters, in German,
from Franz von Schilling to his mother, Augusta Dorothea Luise (Neubronn von Eisenburg) Schilling von Canstatt (1803–1863), concerning political maneuvering
within his regiment, the Suffolk campaign, the New York Draft Riots of 1863 and conscription in the North, and the Gettysburg campaign, and to his brother, Karl
Wilhelm Friedrich Schilling von Canstatt (1825–1888), discussing the character of volunteer units in the Union army, his opinion of American society in general,
military operations in Virginia in the summer of 1862, bounty jumpers, his service on the Peninsula in 1864, gunboat operations on the James River in April 1864,
and the Bermuda Hundred campaign (section 1); commissions, 1862–1864, of Franz von Schilling in the 1st Battalion Marine Fortification Artillery and the 3d
Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery; a patent, 1863, issued to Franz von Schilling for improvements in breech-loading ordnance; muster rolls, 1864, of von Schilling
as an officer in the 3d Pennsylvania Artillery; and an affidavit, 29 April 1865, of several Confederates concerning von Schilling's kind treatment of them as
prisoners of war (section 4). Handwritten translations for von Schilling's letters are included in the collection.
Schilling, Franz Wilhelm von, Papers, 1861–1913. 68 items. Mss1SCH335a.
This collection contains the papers of Franz Wilhelm von Schilling (1832–1895) of the 3d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery Regiment, who served and later
settled in Virginia. The letterbook, 1862–1880, of Franz von Schilling includes abstracts of wartime letters to family members discussing his duties at Fort
Monroe, Va., and Fort Delaware, Del., his opinion of Union and Confederate commanders and strategy, his views on slavery and American society in
general, the New York City draft riots of 1863, military operations around Norfolk and on the Peninsula in February 1864, the construction of Union
works at Fort Powhatan, Prince George County, and the Suffolk and Bermuda Hundred campaigns (section 2). Civil War letters written in German
from Franz von Schilling to family members concern family news, a patent for a new breech-loading cannon design (including drawings), the battle
of Fort Fisher, N.C. (including a detailed map of the area around Wilmington, N.C.), the work of a German soldiers's aid society, his opinion of
Benjamin Franklin Butler, and the fighting around Richmond and Petersburg in 1865 (section 3). Also included in the collection is a plan, 1864,
of Fort Powhatan drawn by von Schilling, and a list of military engagements of the war from 1861 to 1862 compiled by von Schilling in 1865
(section 4). Typescript translations are included for all of the items in sections 2–4.
Scott, Alfred Lewis, Memoir, 1910. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss5:1SCO835:1.
Consists of a photocopy of a typescript of a memoir written by Alfred Lewis Scott (b. 1838) of Spotsylvania County. Included are descriptions of his
service in Company G of the 9th Alabama Infantry Regiment and on the staff of Edward Aylesworth Perry at the battles of First Bull Run, Chancellorsville,
the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and the Crater. Also included is a brief description of his experiences in the 10th
Virginia Cavalry Regiment during the Peninsula campaign.
Scott County, Enrolling Office, Records, 1864–1865. 8 items. Mss4SCO867b.
This collection consists of records relating to the operation of the Scott County Enrolling Office. These records include a list of supplies issued
to conscripts and an enrolling book containing rolls of individuals exempted from service and those arrested for desertion.
Scott Family Papers, 1861–1865. 12 items. Mss2SCO838b.
This collection contains the papers of the Scott family of Farmville and consists primarily of letters written to Fanny Scott regarding the fate of her
son, Benjamin Irby Scott of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment, during the 1862 Maryland campaign. Correspondents include Simon F. Barstow,
Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1798–1870), Joseph Hooker, Robert E. Lee, Roger Atkinson Pryor, Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott (1838–1920),
Henry C. Tinsley, Charles Scott Venable (1827–1900), and an unidentified author. Also in the collection are letters, 1861–1862, from Benjamin
Scott to his mother and his sister, Fanny (Scott) Allen, describing, in detail, the first battle of Bull Run (including a hand-drawn map) and camp
life near Centreville in January 1862.
Scott, John Zachary Holladay, Letter, 1891. 1 item. Photocopy of typescript. Mss2SCO843a1.
A letter, 1 July 1891, from John Zachary Holladay Scott (1843–1904) to Sarah Travers Lewis (Scott) Anderson (1847–1926) of Ivy Depot concerning
John Scott's wartime service. This letter is essentially a fifty-page recollection and includes descriptions of his service in western Virginia (now W.Va.),
Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania from 1861 to 1865 while a member of Company F of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, Wise's Legion, and
Company F of the 10th Virginia Cavalry Regiment.
Scott, Richmond Lewis, Letter, 1892. 1 item. Photocopy of typescript. Mss2SCO854a1.
A letter, 10 February 1892, from Richmond Lewis Scott (b. 1849?) to his sister, Sarah Travers Lewis (Scott) Anderson (1847–1926),
concerning his experiences in Company F of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, Wise's Legion, in western Virginia (now W.Va.) in 1861,
while building fortifications at High Bridge near Farmville, while a student at Hampden-Sydney College, while a prisoner at Castle Thunder
Prison in Richmond, and while on the retreat to Appomattox Court House.
Semmes, Raphael, Papers, 1818–1908. 167 items. Mss1SE535a. Microfilm reel C620.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Frank W. Tremlett, chaplain aboard the CSS Alabama, and his sister, Louisa Tremlett
of England. Letters, 1861–1873, to Frank and Louisa Tremlett from Pierre G. T. Beauregard, James M. Buchanan (1803–1876), and Robert
Baker Pegram (1811–1894) discuss military news and the general course of the war (sections 2 and 3). Papers, 1862–1875, of Raphael Semmes
(1809–1877), while serving as captain of the Alabama, consist of letters to Frank Tremlett concerning naval operations of the Alabama, various
Union military commanders, and visits to English arsenals (section 1). Other items in the collection include correspondence and records, 1864–1865,
relating to the raising of funds to purchase a sword to replace the one lost by Semmes when the Alabama was sunk by the USS Kearsarge (section 4);
financial records, 1864–1867, concerning funds for a dinner and honorarium for Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806–1873) of the Confederate Navy
(section 5); and newspaper clippings, 1864–1908, regarding the Alabama, Raphael Semmes, the Confederacy in general, and English southern
sympathizers (section 6).
Shands, William Briggs, compiler, Register, 1892–1900. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss6:1SH185:1.
This small collection contains a photocopy of a register of documents relating to the Shands and Rives families, compiled by William Briggs Shands
(1820–1906) of Sussex County. Included within the register is a brief memoir, written by Shands, concerning, in part, his service during the war
as a member of Company B of the 4th Virginia Battalion of Reserves.
Shaw, Thomas J., Papers, 1816–1914. 44 items. Mss1SH284b. Microfilm reel C551.
Contains the papers of Thomas J. Shaw (b. 1810) of Orange County. Included in the collection are letters, 1864, concerning the death of Jacqueline
Beverly Stanard (1845–1864), while a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, at the battle of New Market (section 3).
Shaw, Thomas Rinehart, Papers, 1826–1982. 49 items. Mss1SH287a.
This collection contains the papers of Thomas Rinehart Shaw (1845–1915) of Company K of the 62d Ohio Infantry Regiment. Wartime
materials include letters from Shaw to friends and family members discussing camp life in Ohio and Virginia, picket duty and skirmishing
on Morris and Folly Island, S.C., in 1863, and his service near Petersburg in the fall of 1864 (section 1); an undated pension application
of Shaw; and certificates of disability of Shaw in support of a claim for an invalid pension (section 2).
Sheldon, James R., Reminiscences, 1901. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss7:1L515:10.
Consists of the reminiscences of James R. Sheldon (b. 1840), formerly of Company E of the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Entitled "Last March
of the Army of Lee," Sheldon's reminiscences offer a detailed account of the retreat of the Army of Northern Virginia to Appomattox Court House.
Shenton, Elizabeth, Papers, 1863–1865. 6 items. Typescript. Mss2SH463b.
This collection consists primarily of letters, 1864–1865, to Elizabeth Shenton of Carmel, N.Y., from W. H. Guy of the 2d Corps of the United States
Sanitary Commission offering descriptions of his duties (while stationed at City Point [now Hopewell]) and of cannonading during the siege of Petersburg.
Also included is a letter, 16 January 1863, to Shenton from W. B. Vredenburgh of Company L of the 6th New York Artillery Battery, offering a
description of Harpers Ferry (now W.Va.).
Shepherd Family Papers, 1732–1907. 87 items. Mss1SH485a.
This collection contains the papers of the Shepherd family of Princess Anne County and Norfolk. Civil War materials include affidavits,
1863, of Lafayette Hall Jordan and Henry G. Land testifying to the unfitness for service of John Camp Shepherd (b. 1831?) of Company
I of the 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment; certificates of disability for discharge, 1863, issued to John Shepherd; an honorable discharge,
1863, issued to Shepherd (section 11); and a letter, 10 February 1863, from Lemuel Cornick Shepherd (1838–1863) of the 15th
Virginia Cavalry concerning rumors of impending Confederate troop movements to the Suffolk area and the poor state of food
supply in the army (section 12).
Shepperson, Charles Marsh, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Mss2SH497a1.
A letter, 24 July 1863, from Charles Marsh Shepperson of Auburn, Ala., to his brother, John G. Shepperson of Otter Bridge, concerning his
sons' experiences at the battle of Gettysburg. Charles Shepperson's sons, Clement and Benjamin, were both members of Company A of
the 2d Georgia Infantry Battalion.
Sherwood, William W., Diary, 1862–1863. 1 volume. Mss5:1SH58:1. Microfilm reel C620.
Kept by William W. Sherwood (1843–1907) of Prince William County, this diary, 11 May 1862–21 February 1863, documents his service in
the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Entries offer brief descriptions of camp life, daily duties, and the regiment's role in the battles of Seven
Pines, Frayser's Farm, Second Bull Run, and South Mountain, Md.
Shipp Family Papers, 1709–1865. 12 items. Photocopies. Mss2SH646b.
The Shipp family papers consist of materials primarily relating to service of John Simmons Shipp (1831–1898) in Company G of the 6th Virginia
Infantry Regiment. Wartime items include a diary, 10 May 1862–31 March 1864, kept by John Shipp, containing daily entries recording weather
observations, chronicling marches throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and briefly describing the following military operations: the
Seven Days' battles and the Second Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station campaigns (section 2); letters, 1864–1865, to
John Shipp from imprisoned members of the 6th Virginia Infantry concerning financial assistance (section 3); and passes, 1862–1865, issued
to John Shipp by the Confederate army and to George Shipp by the Union army (section 4). Correspondents in section 3 include John
Cummings (while at Point Lookout, Md.), Thomas L. Dozier ([b. 1832] while at Hart's Island, N.Y.), John D. Gordon ([b. 1829] while
at Point Lookout), and William W. Langhorne ([b. 1841] while at Point Lookout).
Shoemaker, John Jordan, Speech, n.d. 1 item. Photocopy of typescript. Mss2SH735a1.
This collection contains a typescript copy of an undated postwar speech by John Jordon Shoemaker (1839–1916) on the battle between the USS
Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack). Shoemaker's account is based on his own observations as a member of the
Lynchburg Beauregard Rifles Artillery Battery, which was stationed at Sewell's Point at the time of the naval battle.
Shuman, J. E., Letter, 1865. 1 item. Mss2SH926a1.
A letter, 20 March 1865, from J. E. Shuman of Company I of the 15th Louisiana Infantry Regiment to Thomas S. Hayward concerning
Shuman's desire and qualifications to serve as a lieutenant under Hayward in a new regiment of black Confederate troops.
Sievers, Lillian Gladys (1916?–2002), Papers, 1911–1987. 10 items. Mss2Si196b.
This small collection concerns the work of artist Frederick William Sievers (of Richmond), the compiler's father, particularly in regard to his depiction of Civil War figures and scenes. Includes correspondence of Lillian Sievers (of Falls Church) in particular, regarding the rededication of the refurbished Virginia Monument, designed by her father, at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Also, includes letters of Theodore Selden Garnett, William Gordon McCabe (copy), and Walter Herron Taylor concerning the uniform worn by Robert E. Lee as commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and a controversy with members of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society regarding Sievers's correct depiction of Lee in uniform; and letter of Hollins N. Randolph to Sievers concerning the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association of Atlanta, Ga.
Skelton, John Gifford, Papers, 1864–1866. 9 items. Mss2SK264b.
This collection contains the papers of John Gifford Skelton (1815–1889) of Powhatan County and includes tax-in-kind receipts, 1864–1865,
issued to Skelton by the Confederate Quartermaster's Department for payments in pork, oats, hay, corn, fodder, wheat, and rye (b1–4); receipts,
1865, issued to Skelton for horses and mules impressed by the Confederate army (b5–7); and a certificate, 26 May 1865, signed by the Union
provost marshal of Powhatan County, stating that Skelton had taken the oath of allegiance to the United States government (b8).
Slaughter, William R. M., Papers, 1861–1863. 3 items. Photocopies of typescripts. Mss2SL1575b.
Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from William R. M. Slaughter of Company L of the 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment to
family members in Alabama. Topics in the letters include camp life and military operations near Manassas in October 1861, the
problem of twelve-month enlistees leaving the Confederate army in the spring of 1862 and speculation on future Union strategy,
and a detailed account (in January 1863) of the battle of Fredericksburg.
Sledd, William Justis, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2SL237a1.
A photocopy of a letter, 25 March 1862, from William Justis Sledd (1827–1862) of the 3d Virginia Artillery Battery, Local Defense Troops,
to his father, James Vaughn Sledd (1796–1867?), concerning an outbreak of smallpox in the unit and the conduct of soldiers in the camp.
Smith Family Papers, 1815–1928. 313 items. Mss1SM686b.
Consists of the papers of the Smith and Yeatman families of Norfolk. Wartime materials include the correspondence of Francis Williamson Smith (1838–1865), while serving in Smith's Reserve Battalion of Heavy Artillery, with his father-in-law, Josiah Lilly Deans (1811–1886), concerning wartime investments in slaves, the possibility of European intervention in the war, and Union confiscation of private property and with his wife, Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith (1840–1926), regarding the fall of Richmond in April 1865, a robbery at her family's home committed by African Americans in 1865, Ulysses S. Grant's military strategy in June 1864, family news, the Bermuda Hundred campaign, and the battles of First and Second Drewry's Bluff (Section 2); correspondence of Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith with her sister, Mary Virginia (Deans) Mayer (b. 1845), regarding a Union raid on Rosewell, Gloucester County, in August 1864, and with her mother, Mary Virginia (Yeatman) Deans (1819–1877) concerning family news and home front activities (Section 5); and a letter, 28 March 1861, written by Josiah Herbert Deans ([1842–1881] while serving in the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment) describing, in detail, his regiment's withdrawal from northern Virginia and his support for the Confederate cause despite recent Union victories (Section 8).
Smith Family Papers, 1847–1889. 17 items. Mss2Sm686d.
Primarily the papers of George S. Smith, a Unionist and Republican Party member in Marion. A letter, 1871, written to Smith by D. S. Lewis (of the U.S. Internal Revenue Bureau) concerns in part the loss of property by Willis Madden [a free African American of Culpeper County] by the occupation of Union troops during the Civil War. Letters of recommendation (copies), 1866–1876, written on behalf of George S. Smith as a candidate for assessor in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service reference his loyalty during the war; these were written by Marsena Rudolph Patrick (to Hugh McCulloch, secretary of the Treasury), George Henry Sharpe (to President Ulysses S. Grant), Henry Horatio Wells, John Newton, Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, and Hannibal Hamlin (to Lot Myrick Morrill, secretary of the Treasury).
Smith, Francis Henney, Scrapbook, 1877–1886. 1 volume. Mss5:7SM566:1.
Consists of a scrapbook, kept by Francis Henney Smith (1812–1890), containing numerous newspaper clippings on religious subjects. Also
included is a postwar article on the battle of New Market (pp. 79–80).
Smith, Francis Williamson, Papers, 1810–1947. 191 items. Mss1SM565a.
This collection contains the papers of Francis Williamson Smith (1838–1865) of Norfolk. Section 5 consists of the following materials relating to
Smith's service in the 41st Virginia Infantry Regiment: commissions, 1861, in the Confederate Provisional and Volunteer armies; passes, 1861–1865,
issued to John C. Baylor (b. 1835), Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith (1840–1926), and James Marsden Smith (1803–1889); a pay voucher,
10 June 1861, issued to Francis Smith for service in the provisional army; and special orders, 1861, concerning Smith's service at Norfolk in the
41st Virginia Infantry. Section 6 contains Francis Smith's correspondence with the following individuals: David French Boyd ([1834–1899]
concerning Smith's desire to serve in the Trans-Mississippi Department under Richard Taylor), Virginius Despeaux Groner ([b. 1836] concerning
Smith's commission as a major of artillery in the Confederate provisional army), Thomas J. Jackson (regarding Smith's request to join Jackson's
staff in April 1863), Robert E. Lee (concerning Smith's departure from Lee's staff to serve with the 41st Virginia Infantry at Norfolk), John
Letcher ([1813–1884] regarding Smith's desire to serve in the provisional army and a request from Smith for arms for the 41st Virginia),
William Nelson Pendleton (regarding Smith's service as a Reserve Heavy Artillery Battalion commander on the Bermuda Hundred line in
January 1865), Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith (concerning the battles of Hampton Roads and Seven Pines), James Marsden
Smith (concerning the battle of Hampton Roads), Walter Herron Taylor ([1838–1916] regarding a position in the Confederate artillery),
and Leroy Pope Walker ([1817–1884] concerning Smith's candidacy for a position as a captain of artillery or cavalry in 1861).
Smith, Henry C., Papers, 1860–1865. 29 items. Mss2SM584b.
This collection consists primarily of wartime letters from Henry C. Smith (b. 1838) of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles to Catharine
Cooke of Richmond, Mass. Topics in the letters include camp life and picket duty near Suffolk, Yorktown, Point of Rocks, and
Williamsburg, prayer meetings in camp, and brief descriptions of skirmishing during the Suffolk campaign, a raid on Weldon, N.C.,
in August 1863, and skirmishing near Point of Rocks in December 1864.
Smith, Maria McGregor (Campbell), Reminiscences, ca. 1875. 1 item. Typescript. Mss5:1SM624:1.
This collection contains a typed transcript of the reminiscences of Maria McGregor (Campbell) Smith of Richmond. Entitled "Narrative
of My Blockade Running," Maria Smith's reminiscences concern a journey she made with her children from Richmond to New York
City in November 1864.
Snead, Robert Winn, Papers, 1860–1862. 75 items. Mss1SN215a. Microfilm reels C620–621.
This collection consists of the correspondence of Robert Winn Snead of Woodlawn, Pedlar Mills, Amherst County. Letters to his wife,
Octavia Virginia (Winn) Snead (1830–1911), concern his service as captain of Company F of the 50th Virginia Infantry Regiment and
include descriptions of camp life, Snead's impressions of his company, and the unit's participation in the battles of Carnifex Ferry (now W.Va.)
and Fort Donelson, Tenn. Letters to Snead from his wife concern the operation of their farm in Amherst County, news of neighborhood men
in the Confederate army, and the formation of a local soldiers' aid society. Other items in the collection include a letter, 1861, from J. R.
Stevens regarding secession; a letter, 1862, to Thomas Dabney Woods concerning the wounding of Woods's son following the battle of
Fort Donelson, Tenn.; and orders, 1862, concerning an impending march and the transfer of brigade command from John Buchanan
Floyd to George Earl Maney (1826–1901).
Sneden, Robert Knox, Diary, 1861–1865. 5 volumes. Photocopy. Mss5:1SN237:1.
This five-volume diary-memoir was prepared and bound after the Civil War by Robert Knox Sneden (1832–1918) and concerns his service
in the 40th New York Infantry Regiment and as a topographical engineer in the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac. The majority of Sneden's
detailed narrative chronicles his wartime experience, including enlistment, service as a topographical engineer, capture by John S. Mosby
(1833–1916), year-long imprisonment, and eventual release and exchange in 1865. The author also writes about campaigns and battles
in which he did not participate, including the war in the western theater. Of particular note are 444 watercolor drawings and 190 maps
rendered by Sneden that are scattered throughout the volumes to illustrate his narrative. Also included are numerous pieces of ephemera,
the majority of which are bank notes (federal, Confederate, and state) accompanied by notes by Sneden on their significance to his story.
The Society owns the original volumes of the diary, but they are not currently available to researchers. A portion of the multi-volume
diary has been published as Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey
, edited by Charles F. Bryan, Jr., and Nelson D. Lankford.
Sketches and maps from the diary have also been published in
Images from the Storm, edited by Charles F. Bryan, Jr., James
C. Kelly and Nelson D. Lankford. There is an index to the maps and sketches
in the diary in the Society's library.
Sneden, Robert Knox, Scrapbook, 1861–1898. 4 volumes. Photocopy. Mss5:7SN237:1.
This collection contains a photocopy of a four-volume scrapbook compiled by Robert Knox Sneden (1832–1918), a Canadian who served during the
war in the 40th New York Infantry Regiment and as a topographical engineer in the Third Corps, Army of the Potomac. These volumes contain approximately
one hundred hand-drawn maps of campaigns, battles, and site locations, including prison camps. Also included are approximately four hundred watercolor
drawings by Sneden portraying landscapes, towns, houses, public buildings, army camps, battles, and war prisons, many of which were executed in the field.
The maps and drawings cover the northern Virginia area during the winter of 1861–1862, and all of the subsequent campaigns of the Army of the Potomac.
The drawings and maps from his period of captivity provide the only known likenesses of some Confederate prison camps. Throughout the scrapbook,
Sneden supplies handwritten descriptive commentary. Major military events covered in the scrapbook include the Peninsula and Mine Run campaigns
and the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The Society owns the original volumes of the scrapbook, but they are not currently available to
researchers. An index to the maps and sketches in the scrapbooks is available at the Society's library.
Some of the sketches and maps from the scrapbook have
been published in Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey
, edited by Charles F. Bryan, Jr., and Nelson D. Lankford.
Sketches and maps from the diary have also been published in Images from the Storm, edited by Charles F. Bryan, Jr., James
C. Kelly and Nelson D. Lankford.
Southall, John Turner, Letter, 1864. 2 items. Photocopies. Mss2SO873b.
A photocopy of a letter, 20 September 1864, from John Turner Southall (b. 1841) of Company G of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment,
while imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md., to Samuel Holyoke Cutts (b. 1813) of Washington, D.C., concerning Southall's request that Cutts
send him items of clothing and tobacco (b1). Also included is a photocopy of a permit, 21 September 1864, signed by Allen G. Brady,
provost marshal at Point Lookout, authorizing Cutts to send the clothing items to John Southall (b2).
Sparrow, Leonard K., Letters, 1863. 3 items. Mss2SP265b.
Contains letters from Leonard K. Sparrow (b. 1839) of the Charlottesville Artillery Battery to his parents concerning the battles
of Chancellorsville (3 May 1863) and Second Winchester (16 June 1863) and the retreat from Gettysburg, Pa. (8 July 1863).
Spencer, Thomas J., Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2SP347a1.
A letter, 23 December 1861, from Thomas J. Spencer (1818–1902) of Company K of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment offering
a description of his regiment's role in a 21 December skirmish at Dranesville.
Stacy Family Papers, 1802–1889. 51 items. Mss1ST124a.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Stacy family of Saco, Me. Section 1 contains letters to Shadrach Stacy (1810–1873)
from Owen Stacy (1842–1925) of the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment, offering a detailed account of his experiences at the battle of Fredericksburg,
and from Uranus Stacy (1845–1931?) of the 27th Maine Infantry Regiment, concerning camp life in November 1862.
Section 2 contains letters to Urania (Huff) Stacy (1814–1896) from John West Haley (1840–1921) of the 17th Maine Infantry discussing
camp life during the Petersburg campaign; from Owen Stacy reporting on regimental duties in October 1862; and from Uranus Stacy concerning,
in part, the construction of defenses around Washington, D.C., in November 1862.
Section 4 consists of letters to Lucy A. (Stacy) Keely (1843–1935) from the following correspondents: Erastus Agnew of the 9th Pennsylvania
Infantry Regiment (discussing general war news and the Petersburg campaign), Peter Costelloe of the 14th Maine Infantry Regiment (concerning
military operations in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864), William L. Hobson (regarding camp life near Washington, D.C., in October 1862), Charles
A. Jordan (offering a description of camp life and City Point [now Hopewell] during the Petersburg campaign), Owen Stacy (concerning camp life,
his service in Virginia throughout the war, and Ambrose Everett Burnside), and Uranus Stacy (describing camp life and picket duty around Washington,
D.C., in the fall of 1862).
Also included in the collection are letters, 1862–1865, from John Deering offering a description of Abraham and Mary Todd
Lincoln in January 1865, and of Union-occupied New Orleans, La., in May 1862 (section 3).
Stapp, Joseph D., Letters, 1864–1865. 10 items. Mss2ST275b.
This collection consists of letters from Joseph D. Stapp of Company C of the 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment to his parents concerning
his regiment's journey from Resaca, Ga., to Petersburg, Va., in January 1864, camp life in the trenches during the Petersburg campaign,
the high price of food, and the possibility of black soldiers fighting for the Confederacy in March 1865.
Stephenson, Philip Daingerfield, Reminiscences, 1882. 1 item. Mss9:3E477.94ST45:1.
This collection contains a newspaper article, 1 July 1904, written by Philip Daingerfield Stephenson (b. 1845), concerning the siege
of Spanish Fort, Ala. Entitled "The Defence of Mobile: Dr. Stephenson's Interesting Narrative," this article offers a detailed account
of the siege and of Stephenson's experiences there as a member of Company K of the 13th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. The article
is printed in the Strasburg News.
Stephenson, Philip Daingerfield, Reminiscences, 1912. 1 item. Mss9:3E475.97ST45:1.
Contains a newspaper article, 17 May 1912, by Philip Daingerfield Stephenson (b. 1845), printed in the Woodstock Shenandoah Herald. Entitled
"The Story of Missionary Ridge by a Private Who Was There," Stephenson's article offers an overview of the battle of Missionary Ridge, as well
as specific recollections of his service in the engagement as a member of Company K of the 13th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.
Steuart, Richard Dennis, Papers, 1861–1865. 18 items. Mss1ST465a.
This collection, designated as part of the Maryland-Steuart Collection, contains miscellaneous Confederate materials collected by Richard Dennis
Steuart (1882–1951) of Baltimore, Md. Items include an account, 1863, with the Confederate navy for expenses incurred by John J. McPherson
on a trip from Alexandria to Shreveport, La. (section 1); an 1864 stock certificate for shares in the Virginia volunteer navy (section 2); a diary, 1
June 1862–2 July 1863, kept by Isaac Sears Sterett (1801–1863), with entries concerning Sterett's service in the Confederate navy, courts martial
duty, and the battles of the Seven Days and Fredericksburg (also included in the diary is a roll for Co. A of the 179th Maryland Infantry Regiment,
later Company C of the Confederate 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment) (section 3); an official checkbook, 1863, of the treasurer of the Confederate
States of America with nineteen stubs for payroll and quartermaster funds (section 6); a discharge, 1862, from Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond,
issued to J. D. Wood of Company K of the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment (section 9); a letter, 1864, from the Confederate Surgeon General's
Office regarding an account discrepancy (section 10); a notice, 1863, concerning the death of James M. Trentham of the 16th Tennessee Infantry
Regiment at a hospital in Petersburg (section 12); the commission, 1861, appointing Samuel Hollingsworth Stout (1821–1903) a surgeon in the
Tennessee militia (section 13); a report, 1864, from the Ladies' Hospital at Montgomery, Ala., concerning the medical condition of Edward
McFadden of the 10th Tennessee Infantry Regiment (section 14); a leave of absence, 1864, issued to Joseph Desha Pickett, chaplain of Bates's
Kentucky brigade (section 15); and a list, 1864, of medical supplies issued to John R. Raine of the 45th North Carolina Infantry Regiment at
Drewry's Bluff (section 18). The Maryland-Steuart Collection, of which these manuscripts are a small part, consists primarily of Confederate
weapons. Many of these weapons are on display in the Society's Cheek Mural Gallery. [More information about the exhibition]
Stevenson Family Papers, 1789–1905. 22 items. Photocopies. Mss2ST489b.
This collection contains photocopies of the papers of members of the Stevenson family of Virginia. Civil War items include Carter
Littlepage Stevenson's farewell address, 28 April 1865, to his division upon its surrender to Union forces in North Carolina (b10);
a letter, 1 May 1865, to Stevenson from members of the 54th Virginia Infantry Battalion expressing their gratitude for his service as
their commanding general (b11); and a letter, 24 February 1864, to Stevenson from John Thomas Anderson (1804–1879) concerning
the facts surrounding the death of Anderson's son in the battle of Champion's Hill, Miss. (b12).
Stiles, Robert Augustus, Papers, 1863–1903. 86 items. Mss1ST535a. Microfilm reel C621.
The Robert Augustus Stiles (1836–1905) papers primarily consist of correspondence, 1863–1878, and postwar materials relating to Stiles's
service in the 1st Company of Richmond Howitzers. In letters home during the war, Stiles expresses deeply held religious sentiments and makes
brief mention of his participation in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and the Petersburg campaign (section 1).
Also in the collection are typed notes from Stiles's postwar memoir, Four Years under Marse Robert (New York, 1903).
Stith, William H., Papers, 1863–1865. 3 items. Mss2St5385b.
Consist of the correspondence of William H. Stith concerning his service in Virginia as a military and civil engineer. Include a
letter, 14 December 1863, written by Albert H. Campbell (1826–1899) granting Stith a seven-day leave of absence from his
duties in the Confederate States Corps of Engineers; and a letter, 24 September 1864, written by William Stith to Charles
Gratiot Talcott ([1834–1867] as superintendent of the Richmond and Danville Railroad) concerning Stith's employment as
a clerk in Talcott's office.
Stone, Edmund Fitzgerald, Letter, 1864. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2ST714a1.
A photocopy of a letter, 7 December 1864, from Edmund Fitzgerald Stone (b. 1836) of Company D of the 57th Virginia Infantry Regiment
to his uncle, Samuel Marion Stone (1825–1881) of Hillgrove, Pittsylvania County, concerning life in the trenches on the Bermuda Hundred line
during the Petersburg campaign, Confederate reaction to the news that black troops occupied the nearby Union trenches, and a brief skirmish
with those black Union soldiers.
Stone, Elizabeth, Autograph Album, 1848–1870. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:6ST715:1.
A photocopy of an autograph album, kept at Mountain Cove, Fayette County (now W.Va.) by Elizabeth Stone. Included in the album are
lines of verse and greetings, 1861, written to Stone by members of 2d Company G of the 59th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
Stone, William R., compiler, Roster, ca. 1890. 1 item. Mss12::1 oversize.
A postwar roster of Company A of the 43d Virginia Cavalry Battalion, compiled by William R. Stone.
Story, Elliott Lemuel, Diary, 1838–1876. 6 volumes. Mss5:1ST762:1–6. Microfilm reel C266.
This collection contains the six-volume diary, 1 January 1838–3 March 1876, of Elliott Lemuel Story (1821–1886), a farmer, merchant, teacher,
and justice of the peace in Southampton County. Volume 6 of the diary, 1 July 1857–3 March 1876, covers the Civil War era and includes Story's
descriptions of the secession of Virginia, of his failed attempt to join a local cavalry regiment, of his work purchasing provisions for the families of
Southampton soldiers, and of military events in Virginia (including First Bull Run, the siege of Suffolk, and the Petersburg campaign).
Stovall, M. A. R., Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2St766a1.
A letter, 1 September 1861, written by M. A. R. Stovall (of Granville County, N.C.) to her son, William
Stovall, concerning a moving church service she attended, her desire for William to become more religious
while serving in the Confederate States Army, and her advice that he learn how to conduct himself properly
as a man and a soldier by following the good example of his captain.
Strickland, W. B., Letter, 1901. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2ST853a1.
A photocopy of a postwar letter, 16 March 1901, from W. B. Strickland of Luella, Ga., to Lucien L. Cochran, both formerly of Company E
of the 10th Georgia Infantry Regiment, concerning Strickland's recollection of the battle of the Wilderness and of the famous "Lee to the rear"
Stringfellow, Charles S. (1837–1912), Papers, 1855–1962. 29 items. Mss1St863a.
Contains papers of Charles Simeon Stringfellow, a lawyer who in 1861 enlisted in Company E of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Included are two typescript copies of "Some Rough Memoranda Concerning My Life and Family," written in 1908. His memoranda include family history, reflections on his marriage to Margaret Burwell Stringfellow (b. 1837), some observations about slavery and the slave trade, and his law practice. During the Civil War, Stringfellow served as a Confederate staff officer for William Booth Taliaferro and Samuel Jones. He was a lawyer in Petersburg before and after the war, but moved his practice to Richmond in 1881.
Stringfellow, Franklin, Papers, 1864–1892. 42 items. Mss1ST864a.
This collection contains the papers of Franklin Stringfellow (1840–1913) of Culpeper County, primarily concerning his service as a scout for Robert
E. Lee, J. E. B. Stuart, and Lunsford Lindsay Lomax. Materials include a typescript letter, 1880, to Jefferson Davis describing, in detail, Stringfellow's
experiences on a secret mission to Washington, D.C., in March 1865; a letter, [?] August 1864, to Robert E. Lee presenting Stringfellow's plan to
capture August Valentine Kautz (the letter includes Lee's handwritten endorsement); a typed letter, 1878, from Jefferson Davis concerning, in part,
Davis's description of his wartime desire to lead troops; a letter, 1892, from Henry Brainerd McClellan (1840–1904) concerning Stringfellow's
service as a Confederate scout; a letter, 7 January 1865, from John G. Parrish regarding Stringfellow's purchase of cattle for the Confederate
army; an undated pass issued to Stringfellow permitting him to travel to Richmond; a letter, 16 December 1864, from Lunsford Lindsay
Lomax regarding scouting instructions for Stringfellow in the Shenandoah Valley; and an unidentified newspaper clipping recounting
Stringfellow's wartime service.
Stringfellow, Franklin, Papers, 1864–1951. 209 items. Mss1ST864b.
Contains the papers of Franklin Stringfellow (1840–1913), while an Episcopal clergyman, a scout for the Confederate army. Civil War items
consist of letters to Stringfellow from John Cabell Breckinridge (regarding Stringfellow's appointment as second lieutenant in the Confederate
Signal Corps), Lunsford Lindsay Lomax (concerning Stringfellow's purchase of cooking utensils, blankets, overcoats, and cattle for Lomax's
troops in December 1864), Henry Brainerd McClellan ([1840–1904] concerning a request from J. E. B. Stuart that Stringfellow return to
Lomax's cavalry brigade men assigned to duty with Stringfellow, and a pass issued to Stringfellow in February 1864), and Joseph
Christmas Ives ([1828–1868] concerning a request that James Lawson Kemper allow Stringfellow to pass through the picket lines
near Richmond to report to duty with Jefferson Davis) (section 1).
Stuart Family Papers, 1791–1958. 45 items. Mss1ST9102e.
Contains the papers of the Stuart family of Staunton. Section 6 consists of the correspondence of Eleanor Augusta Stuart (1838–1878) including
a letter, 21 February 1862, from an unidentified author concerning the Union capture of Forts Henry and Donelson and its effect on southern morale,
and a letter, 12 February 1865, from Briscoe Gerard Baldwin (1828–1898) of Robert E. Lee's staff describing social life in Petersburg (section 6).
Section 8 contains a typed postwar recollection, 1915, written by Margaret Briscoe (Stuart) Robertson (1855–1932), concerning life at her
Staunton home during the war. Included are descriptions of a visit by Robert E. Lee and two refugee women, of her mother's treatment of a
sick Union soldier, and of the overall atmosphere in the home during the war.
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1832–1962. 127 items. Mss1ST923c. Microfilm reel C621.
This collection of J. E. B. Stuart materials consists of items related to his service in the United States and Confederate armies. Stuart's
correspondence, 1850–1864, includes a letter, 1862, to Stuart from A. P. Hill (1825–1865) offering Hill's opinion of Thomas J. Jackson;
official letters, 1862–1863, from Robert E. Lee regarding cavalry operations in the Shenandoah Valley and near Chambersburg, Pa.; and
a letter, 1861, from John Esten Cooke (1830–1886) concerning secession (section 3). The correspondence, 1864–1910, of Flora (Cooke)
Stuart (1836–1923), Stuart's widow, primarily consists of letters from friends and admirers describing Stuart's character (section 8). Also
in the collection is an autograph album, 1862–1863, kept by Stuart containing signatures of Confederate officers (section 5).
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1850–1908. 12 items. Mss1ST923b. Restricted access.
This collection contains papers of and concerning J. E. B. Stuart while serving in the United States and Confederate armies. Included in the
collection are speeches, 1859–1861, delivered by Stuart at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., and at Fort Wise, Colorado, concerning
secession (section 2); a letter, 1863, from Stuart to his wife, Flora (Cooke) Stuart (1836–1923), regarding the death of Edwin Vose Sumner
(1797–1863) (section 1); a drawing, in pencil, of Stuart in his tent by an unidentified artist (section 4); and a letter, 1897, from T. W. Hill to
J. E. B. Stuart, Jr. (1860–1930) describing, in detail, the mortal wounding of his father at the battle of Yellow Tavern (section 4). Permission
to examine this collection must be obtained from the donor.
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1851–1864. 46 items. Mss1ST923a. Microfilm reel C621.
The J. E. B. Stuart papers consist of materials, 1851–1864, relating to Stuart's service in the United States and Confederate armies. Items concerning
his career as cavalry commander in the Confederate army include a field book, 1861–1863, entitled "J. E. B. Stuart. C.S.A. Reports of Battles,"
containing official reports of the following battles and engagements: First Bull Run, Lewinsville, Dranesville, Bealeton Station, Williamsburg, the
Pamunkey expedition, the Seven Days, Massaponax Church, Catlett's Station, and Second Bull Run (a1); a letterbook, 1862–1864, entitled
"J. E. B. Stuart. C.S.A. Miscellaneous. Confidential," of official letters regarding personnel under Stuart's command (a2); and, letters, 1862,
to Stuart from Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Jackson, and Joseph E. Johnston offering congratulations on his promotion to overall command of the
cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia (a16–18). Other items in the collection include Stuart's various commissions, 1861–1862, in the
Confederate army (a8–12); a special order, 1861, assigning him to duty at Harpers Ferry (now W.Va.) (a14); and newspaper clippings, n.d.,
concerning cavalry operations under Stuart's command, the battle of Kelly's Ford, and John Pelham (1838–1863) (a19–46). All of the
reports in the field book appear in print in various volumes of the Official Records.
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1851–1968. 157 items. Mss1ST923d. Microfilm reel C621.
This collection contains papers, 1851–1968, primarily concerning J. E. B. Stuart's service as commander of the cavalry of the Army of
Northern Virginia. The bulk of the collection consists of letters, 1862–1864, written to his wife, Flora (Cooke) Stuart (1836–1923), describing
his life in camp, fellow Confederate officers, and his role in the following engagements: the Peninsula, Maryland, and Gettysburg campaigns
and the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, the Seven Days, Second Bull Run, Kelly's Ford, and Brandy Station (section 1). Other items
in the collection include a letter, 1886, from William Plumb Bacon (1837–1918), formerly of the 5th New York Cavalry Regiment, to Flora
Stuart regarding J. E. B. Stuart's escape from capture near Verdiersville in 1862 (section 4); affidavits, 1907–1908, of Connally Trigg
Litchfield (1829–1909), formerly of the 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, describing the mortal wounding of Stuart at the battle of Yellow
Tavern (section 5); and wartime newspaper clippings, n.d., about Stuart and his role in the Peninsula and Gettysburg campaigns (section 5).
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1851–1865. 13 items. Mss2ST922a. Microfilm reel C55.
This collection contains items relating to J. E. B. Stuart's service in the United States and Confederate armies. Civil War
items include a photocopy of a letter, 28 February 1863, from Stuart to John Rogers Cooke concerning cavalry operations
along the Rappahannock River, his attitude toward army promotions, and his opinion of P. G. T. Beauregard (a1); a letter,
25 November 1861, from Stuart to William Taylor (1827–1891) of the 6th Virginia Cavalry Regiment concerning the
reputation of the unit (a2); a photograph of a letter, 18 June 1861, from Stuart to his wife, Flora (Cooke) Stuart
(1836–1923), regarding cavalry operations near Winchester and his opinion of George Henry Thomas (a3); a
photograph of a poem, 5 December 1862, written by Stuart, entitled "To Miss Belle Hart" (a4); a poem,
16 March 1864, entitled "Cayota" written by Stuart for Charlotte Carter Wolfe (1851–1876) (a5); a letter,
23 March 1861, from Stuart to John Overton Steger (1818–1886) of Richmond, concerning the Virginia
Convention of 1861, President Abraham Lincoln's actions regarding Fort Pickens, Fla., and Fort Sumter,
S.C., and Stuart's decision to fight with Virginia if the state should secede (a6); a letter, 10 September
1863, from Stuart to his cousins, Caroline Calvert (Stuart) Holliday (1844–1872) and Margaret (Stuart)
Hunter (1837–1893), concerning the sending of three beaux (a9); a letter, 15 June 1863, from Stuart to
an unidentified individual discussing criticism appearing in Richmond newspapers of Stuart and his cavalry
units in the battle of Brandy Station (a14); a letter, 26–27 May 1863, from Stuart to his brother (presumably
William Alexander Stuart) concerning Stuart's performance at the battle of Chancellorsville, the wounding
of his horse during the battle, reminiscences of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and directives for the care
of Stuart's wife, Flora, should anything happen to him (a15); a letter, 29 December 1863, of Stuart to William
Alexander Stuart extending the offer of a position on his staff to his brother should he decide to enlist and Jeb's
plans to travel to Richmond to attend the wedding of his brother-in-law John Rogers Cooke (a16); and a letter,
5 December 1862, of Stuart to Robert Hall Chilton regarding the poor quality of carbine rifles manufactured in
Danville and Stuart's desire to obtain rifles from Richmond instead (a17). Items (a1–3) are printed in Adele H.
Mitchell, ed., The Letters of Major General James E. B. Stuart (n.p., 1990).
Stuart, James Ewell Brown, Papers, 1862–1864. 10 items. Mss2ST922c. Microfilm reel B54.
This small collection consists entirely of wartime letters and telegrams from J. E. B. Stuart to his wife, Flora (Cooke) Stuart (1836–1923), and concern
his announcement of Confederate successes at the battles of Fredericksburg and the Wilderness and of his safe condition following both, the wounding at
different times of John Rogers Cooke and John S. Mosby (1833–1916), news of members of Stuart's staff, rumors of his impending promotion to
lieutenant general, and cavalry recruiting in Charlottesville. Several of the items (c1–3 and 5–8) are printed in Adele H. Mitchell, ed., The Letters
of Major General James E. B. Stuart (n.p., 1990).
Stuart, William Alexander, Papers, 1861–1889. 68 items. Mss1St938a.
Contain correspondence and financial records of William Alexander Stuart (1825–1892) of Saltville and Elk Garden.
Include letters, 1861–1864, written to William Alexander Stuart by his brother, Jeb Stuart, concerning life on the
home front, his plans once Virginia joins the Confederacy, his concerns for his wife, Flora Cooke Stuart (1836–1923),
and family, movements of the cavalry, members of his general staff, the capture of Union soldiers, Jefferson Davis
(4 March 1861 and 4 October 1861), the policies of United States presidents James Buchanan and Abraham
Lincoln toward secession (4 March 1861), Stuart's changing opinion of Robert E. Lee (6 January 1862 and
10 December 1863), John S. Mosby and his Partisan Rangers (30 January 1864), and his life in camps throughout
Virginia (Section 1).
Sydnor, George Boardman, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Mss2SY253a1.
An incomplete letter, 1863, from George Boardman Sydnor (1842–1911) of Company G of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment to his uncle,
Thomas White Sydnor (1816–1890) of Nottoway County offering a detailed description of his experience as a wounded prisoner of war the
night after the battle of Kelly's Ford and of his escape the next day.
Sydnor, William Barrett, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2SY256a1.
An incomplete letter, 2 July 1862, from William Barrett Sydnor (b. 1806) of Meadow Farm, Hanover County to his brother, Thomas White Sydnor
(1816–1890) of Nottoway County, offering a description of the Seven Days' battles and the resulting destruction of property and loss of slaves.
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