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W., Letter, 1870. 1 item. Mss2W100a1.
A letter, 11 May 1870, from "W" of Richmond to "Willie" concerning a visit to the site of the battle of the Crater near Petersburg (including
a sketch of the site), and to Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond.
Wade Family Papers, Papers, 1842–1887. 14 items. Mss2W119b.
Contains the papers of the Wade family of Montgomery County. Civil War items include a letter, 26 March 1862,
from John C. Wade of Company G of the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment to his wife, Jane (Edie) Wade, offering a
description of the battle of Kernstown; a letter, 13 May 1863, from Jane Wade to her husband concerning, in part,
the death of Thomas J. Jackson; a letter, 16 August 1864, to John Wade regarding his brother's wounding and
hospitalization at Frederick, Md., and a request for Wade to furnish information on quartermaster's supplies in the
Confederate 2d Corps; and a letter, 14 October 1864, to Wade from Charles E. McCluer concerning the unavailability
of a post in Christiansburg.
Wager, Peter, Commonplace book, 1865–1866. 1 vol. Mss5:5W1237:1.
This volume primarily contains prescriptions compiled by Dr. Peter Wager (d. 1868), a Union Army surgeon who was placed in charge of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum (later Eastern State Hospital) in Williamsburg during the Civil War and remained there as superintendent for some time after the conflict ended. Also, includes records of accounts paid, news of disease at the hospital, and brief notes on the surrender of Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
Wallace, S. S., Letter, 1862. 1 item. Typescript. Mss2W1555a1.
A typed transcript of a letter, 2 February 1862, from S. S. Wallace, of an unidentified unit, to his family offering a detailed description
of the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack).
Walters, James Booth, Papers, 1854–1881. 112 items. Mss1W1714a.
This collection contains the papers of James Booth Walters (1846–1884) of Richmond. Civil War items consist
of letters to James B. Walters from the following correspondents: Charles Edwin Booth ([1844–1890] concerning
his service in the Confederate army near Norfolk in 1861 and near Madison Court House in 1864), James F.
Brasington of Company E of the 2d South Carolina Infantry Regiment (offering a description of the battle of
Seven Pines), William H. Hatch (concerning the sending of packages to Confederate prisoners of war held in
northern prisons), George Edward Waller (1838–1915) of the 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment (concerning
his experiences during the Appomattox campaign), Thomas J. Young (b. 1843?) of Company C of the 56th
Virginia Infantry Regiment (concerning his service at Chaffin's Bluff in the spring of 1864 and his experiences
at Bermuda Hundred during the Petersburg campaign), and William H. Young (b. 1843?) of Company C
of the 56th Virginia Infantry (relating news of the war in Tennessee in the spring of 1862) (section 1).
Waring Family Papers, 1859–1899. 115 items. Mss1W2334a.
Papers of the Waring family of (Powhatan County) chiefly containing correspondence of Adelaide J. (Lancaster) Waring. Section 1 includes letters written to Adelaide Waring, including those from cousin John J. Lancaster (concerning his Civil War service in the 13th Virginia Light Artillery, detailing camp life, economic conditions in Richmond, and the battles of Yorktown, Gettysburg, and Petersburg; also notes the April 1862 promotion of brother William H. Lancaster), cousin Thomas Lancaster (of Goodson, concerning a large sale of bacon and his young son's riding skills), brother Robert Alexander Lancaster (of Richmond, concerning the Seven Days' fighting in 1862), son John Lancaster Waring (concerning his studies at Hampden-Sydney College during the Civil War and his life as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute), and son Warner Lewis Waring, Jr. (letter of 9 May 1868 describes a Northern guest's refusal to drink from cups that once belonged to Jefferson Davis). Section 2 includes John Lancaster Waringís correspondence with his brother Warner Lewis Waring, Jr., concerning the Richmond bread riot, along with "Incidents in Life" (a two-page typescript concerning Waring's activities during the Civil War). Miscellaneous correspondence (section 4) contains letters of Harry Spilman to John J. Lancaster (concerning Spilman's work as a clerk in Richmond during the Civil War, his desire to attend boarding school, and his belief that the Confederacy should give up), Pattie Hardaway (Harvie) Taylor to Dr. John B. Harvie (undated Civil War letter concerning her encounter with Northern troops and the safety of her family), and Ellen Edmundson (Blair) Wiley to Dr. John B. Harvie (undated Civil War letter concerning the capture of Dr. Harvie's son, Lewis Edwin Harvie, by Federal troops).
Warren, Gouverneur Kemble, Papers, 1865–1871. 12 items. Typescripts. Mss2W2526b.
This collection contains typed transcripts of letters and notes written and collected by Gouverneur Kemble Warren primarily
relating to the battle of Five Forks. Correspondents include Romeyn Beck Ayres, Theodore Shelton Bowers (b. 1866), Samuel
Wylie Crawford, John Aaron Rawlins, and Alexander Stewart Webb. Also included is a letter, 16 April 1866, from Warren to
the adjutant general of the Union army recommending for brevet promotion Charles Griffin, John Cleveland Robinson, Romeyn
Ayres, and Samuel Crawford.
Warriner Family Papers, 1811–1876. 41 items. Mss2W2578b.
This collection contains the papers of the Warriner family of Henrico County. Wartime items include an undated receipt issued to John
Warriner (ca. 1801–1868) for oats purchased by the commissary officer of the 44th Georgia Infantry Regiment; a tax-in-kind receipt,
1863, issued to Warriner for payment in fodder; a receipt, 1864, for a Confederate bond purchased by Warriner (section 3); a parole
of honor, 11 July 1862, of Josiah C. Warriner sworn at Fort Wool; passes, 1864–1865, issued to "Mrs. Warriner and two daughters"
and to John Warriner by the Confederate War Department permitting them to travel to Henrico County; an affidavit, 22 October 1863,
of Robert H. Nelson, justice of the peace for Henrico County, concerning Mildred B. Warriner's economic condition; and a parole,
13 April 1865, issued to J. W. Warriner of the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment by the Union provost marshal at Burkeville (section 4).
Washington, Ella More (Bassett), Diary, 1864. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:1W2767:1.
This collection contains a photocopy of a diary, 27 May–13 June 1864, kept at Clover Lea, Hanover County, by Ella More (Bassett)
Washington (1834–1898). Included are detailed accounts of the occupation of her home by Union cavalry and of visits to the home by George
Armstrong Custer. A typed transcript of the diary is included in the collection.
Washington, George, Letter, 1774. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2W277a14. Microfilm reel C57.
A photocopy of a letter, 8 January 1774, from George Washington to George Mercer (1733–1784). The item bears a letter, 7 September
1861, from John H. Deighan concerning his discharge from the Confederate Army of the Potomac.
Washington, John Augustine, Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2W2774a1.
A letter, 31 August 1861, from John Augustine Washington (1821–1861), while serving as aide-de-camp on Robert E. Lee's staff, to his
aunt Louisa (Clemons) Washington (1805–1882) of Waveland, Fauquier County, concerning the condition of the Confederate Army of the
Northwest and a description of camp life on Valley Mountain, Randolph County (now W.Va.).
Watkins Family Papers, 1801–1960. 640 items. Mss1W3286a. Microfilm reels C491–493.
Contains the papers of the Watkins family of Prince Edward County. Civil War materials in the collection consist of a letter, 13 January
1864, from Richard Henry Watkins (1825–1905) of Company K of the 3d Virginia Cavalry Regiment to Robert Hall Chilton (1815–1879)
requesting a twenty-day leave of absence; a letter, 1 November 1862, from Richard H. Watkins to J. E. B. Stuart requesting a twenty-day
leave of absence to return to his home to replace lost cavalry equipment (section 7); Confederate tax-in-kind receipts, 1863–1864, issued
to Richard H. Watkins for payment in corn, bacon, and fodder (section 9); an undated muster roll of Company K of the 3d Virginia
Cavalry; an affidavit, 1 August 1862, of William Allen Carrington (1830–1866) attesting to Richard H. Watkins's physical unfitness
for duty and recommending he receive a thirty-day leave of absence; and Special Order No. 243, 17 October 1862, announcing the
resignation of Peyton Randolph Berkeley (1805–1871) from Company K of the 3d Virginia Cavalry (section 13).
Watkins, Richard Henry, Papers, 1861–1865. 361 items. Mss1W3272a. Microfilm reels C622–623.
The papers of Richard Henry Watkins (1825–1905) of Prince Edward County, primarily consist of his wartime correspondence,
1861–1865, with family members concerning his service in the 3d Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Letters between Watkins and his wife, Mary
Purnell (Dupuy) Watkins (1839–1921), account for the largest portion of the collection and include detailed descriptions of camp life, his
unit's role in the Peninsula, Maryland, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns, as well as the battles of Seven
Pines, the Seven Days, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Bristoe Station, and Cold Harbor, and his wifeís life in Prince Edward County during
the war (including her involvement in forming a local soldier's aid society) (section 1). Other items in the collection include an affidavit,
1862, concerning the loss of Watkins's horse in a fight near Aldie; orders, 1864, regarding cavalry inspections; a medical certificate,
1864, concerning Watkins's disabling wound; and an oath of allegiance to the United States, 1865, sworn by Watkins (section 2).
Watson, David Harris, Papers, 1846–1893. 181 items. Mss1W3324a.
This collection consists of the personal and business accounts and bonds of David Harris Watson (1830–1894), a bricklayer and shoemaker
of Chatham, Pittsylvania County. Included is a pay record of the civilian participants in the Pittsylvania County Patrol in December 1862 (a174).
Watson Family Papers, 1862–1887. 29 items. Mss2W3397b. Microfilm reel C623.
This collection consists primarily of the letters, 1862–1864, of John William Watson (1831?–1864) of Company I of the 47th Virginia
Infantry Regiment. In letters to his wife, Margaret Watson, Watson discusses family news, religious subjects, homesickness, the 1862
Maryland campaign, and a wound he received at the battle of Gettysburg. In a letter, 1864, to his sister, Nancy Garnett, Watson briefly
describes the execution of a Confederate soldier. Also in the collection is an undated poem by Watson about the battle of Fredericksburg.
Watson, John Staige Davis, Diary, 1864. 1 volume. Mss5:1W3345:1. Microfilm reel C623.
The diary, 15 January–23 May 1864, of John Staige Davis Watson (1841–1864) of the 17th Mississippi Infantry Regiment contains brief
daily entries describing incidents of camp life (including the construction of winter quarters), the execution of a Confederate deserter, and his
regiment's participation in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and the North Anna River.
Way, Ebon J., Letter, 1865. 1 item. Mss2W3643a1.
A letter, 27 January 1865, from Ebon J. Way (d. 1886) to Frances Lea of Philadelphia, Pa., concerning the death of R. W. Heath while imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Del.
Weaver, William, Papers, 1786–1980. 220 items. Mss1W3798a. Microfilm reel C539.
This collection contains the papers of William Weaver (1780–1863), ironmaster and entrepreneur of Rockbridge County. Wartime items
consist of receipts, 1863, issued to Weaver for the purchase of two slaves, and a contract, 1864, of Daniel Charles Elliot Brady (1821?–1878)
and William Weaver Rex (b. 1834?) with the Confederate government for horse shoe irons (section 12).
Weisiger, David Addison, Papers, 1854–1911. 98 items. Mss1W4354a.
This collection contains the papers of David Addison Weisiger (1818–1899) of Petersburg. Included are letters, 1862–1864, from
Weisiger to his wife, Louise Christine (Bland) Harrison Weisiger (1827–1911), concerning the battles of Seven Pines and the Wilderness (section 1).
Weisiger, David Addison, Papers, 1862–1896. 6 items. Mss2W4354b.
Contains papers relating to David Addison Weisiger's service as colonel and later brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia. Items
include a handwritten copy of General Order No. 102, 4 September 1862, issued by Robert E. Lee, concerning preparations for the invasion
of Maryland (b1); a letter, 1 February 1863, to Weisiger from William Evelyn Cameron (1842–1927) of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment
concerning his temporary duties on William Mahone's staff and a description of the camp of the 12th Virginia near Fredericksburg (b2); a
letter, 27 January 1864, from Weisiger announcing his assumption of the command of Mahone's brigade (b3); an order, 10 February 1864,
concerning a brigade inspection to search for stolen flour, leather, and bacon (b4); a letter, 17 December 1864, from Weisiger to the citizens
of Petersburg, in which he expresses his appreciation for the gift of a horse (b5); and a letter, 20 April 1896, from Weisiger to B. Perry of
Woodbury, N.J., offering a detailed account of the battle of the Crater (b6). Item (b1) is printed in the Official Records, ser. 1, 19: pt. ii, 592–93.
Welby, Mary M. (Coppuck), Autograph Album, 1788–1903. 1 volume. Mss5:6W4418:1. Microfilm reel C513.
Contains an autograph album, kept by Mary M. (Coppuck) Welby. Civil War-related materials include a letter, 10 November 1864, to Welby
from A. Barton (of an unidentified unit) while imprisoned at Elmira, N.Y., requesting her to send him a suit of clothing and chewing tobacco
(p. 67), and autographs of the following individuals: Robert E. Lee, Charles Marshall (1830–1902), Fitzhugh Lee, Varina (Howell) Davis
(1826–1906), Mary (Todd) Lincoln (1818–1882), and Mary (Custis) Lee (1835–1918).
Weller, Charles Lanstram, Address Book, 1865. 1 volume. Mss5:5W4588:1.
Consists of an address book, 1865, kept by Charles Lanstram Weller (1844?–1915) of Company C of the 52d Virginia Infantry Regiment,
while imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Del., containing the names of fifty-eight fellow Confederate prisoners.
Welles, Gideon, Letter, 1862. 1 item. Mss2W4592a1.
A letter, 25 August 1862, from Gideon Welles (1802–1878) to Charles Wilkes (1798–1877) of the USS Wachusett concerning Union naval
operations on the James River in August 1862.
Wellford, Beverley Randolph, Papers, 1773–1907. 137 items. Mss1W4597e. Microfilm reel C48.
The Beverley Randolph Wellford (1893–1963) papers consist of materials, 1773–1907, collected by Wellford concerning prominent historical
figures in Revolutionary and Civil War Virginia. The individually cataloged items pertaining to the Civil War, scattered throughout the collection,
include letters and orders, 1861–1865, regarding the supply and operations of the Confederate army in Virginia, political and military personnel
assignments, and Confederate medical duties (e1–103). Of particular note is a letter, 1864, from Daniel A. Wilson describing, in detail, the
battle of Cedar Creek (e135). Other items in the collection include the wartime correspondence, accounts, and miscellaneous records of
Beverley Randolph Wellford (1828–1911), while serving in the Confederate War Department (e108–116), and of John Spotswood
Wellford (1825–1911), while serving as surgeon in the 9th Virginia Infantry Regiment (e119–124). Correspondents in the papers
include, among others, Edward Porter Alexander, Pierre G. T. Beauregard, Thomas J. Jackson, Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee,
and Stephen Russell Mallory.
Wells, E. P., Diary, 1862. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:1W4625:1.
Contains a photocopy of a diary, 1 January–28 August 1862, kept by E. P. Wells (1837–1862) of Company I of the 6th New York Cavalry Regiment. In brief
daily entries, Wells chronicles the weather and incidents of camp life (including drill, numerous parades, and picket duty) at York, Pa., Perryville, Md.,
Washington, D.C., and in Virginia.
West, Georgia Callis, compiler, Papers, 1851–1865. 25 items. Mss2W5205b. Microfilm C623.
This collection, compiled by Georgia Callis West (1867–1953), consists of letters and reports from Confederate officers. Items include official
reports, 1863, submitted by Thomas J. Jackson for the battles of McDowell, Fredericksburg, and the Second Bull Run campaign and a letter,
1863, from Jackson concerning Confederate Signal Corps operations and a request to have A. P. Hill relieved of his command; letters, 1864,
from Robert E. Lee to J. E. B. Stuart regarding Union cavalry movements along the Rappahanock River and Union infantry at Morton's Ford
and a letter, 1864, to Wade Hampton expressing Lee's gratitude for his troop's conduct; an official report, 1865, submitted by William Henry
Fitzhugh Lee for the battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox campaign; a letter, 1863, from Elisha Franklin Paxton concerning A. P. Hill's
conduct on the eve of the battle of Cedar Mountain; a letter, 1862, from Richard Stoddert Ewell to Thomas J. Jackson regarding marching
orders during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign; and a letter, 1863, from A. P. Hill responding to questions on his conduct before the
battle of Cedar Mountain. Also in the collection are accounts and correspondence of William Callis including an 1863 United States oath
of allegiance certificate, an 1864 Union search warrant, and an undated list of slaves who left Callis's plantation during the war.
Whaley, Kellian Van Rensalear, Papers, 1861–1879. 40 items. Typescript. Mss1W5539a.
Contains the papers of Kellian Van Rensalear Whaley (1821–1876), a Unites States congressman representing West Virginia. Civil War materials consist
primarily of typed transcripts of letters, 1861–1866, to Congressman Whaley from the following correspondents: Joseph R. Bolling of the Union 2d Virginia
Cavalry Regiment (concerning Bolling's request to secure a transfer to the Union navy), Charles C. Capehart of the Union 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment
(regarding Capehart's request for a transfer to a unit serving in West Virginia), Schuyler Colfax ([1823–1885] concerning a desire to gain Whaley's
support in Colfax's bid to become Speaker of the House of Representatives), A. Cunningham (regarding Cunningham's protest over the issuance of
merchandising licenses to the pro-Confederate Goshorn family of Charleston, W.Va.), S. H. Devol (concerning Union soldiers's support for Whaley
in the impending November 1864 election), George W. Gallop of the Union 14th Kentucky Infantry Regiment (regarding Gallop's request that his unit
be permitted to remain in eastern Kentucky), John Hall (concerning a request that William H. Powell be promoted to brigadier general of cavalry and
continue to serve in the Kanawha Valley), Robert Trig Harvey ([b. 1814] concerning Harvey's request for assistance with claims of local farmers
against the Union army), [?] Ramsdell (reporting the capture of Eliakim Parker Scammon, a Union brigadier general, while aboard a steamboat at
Red House Shoals on the Kanawha River in February 1864), Lettie M. Sergeant (concerning her request that her husband be discharged for health
reasons), William Shannon (regarding efforts to secure payment for the West Virginia Home Guard), Franz Sigel (concerning his appointment as
commander of the Department of West Virginia, and military affairs in West Virginia), John S. Witcher (concerning Witcher's request for assistance
in securing a discharge from the 3d West Virginia Cavalry Regiment), and A. L. Wylie of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (regarding Wylie's intention to use
invisible ink in future communications with Whaley) (section 1). Also in the collection is a typed transcript of a legislative resolution, 29 January
1866, from West Virginia seeking relief for civilians who lost private property to Confederate raiders (section 2).
Whatley, John B., Letter, 1864. 1 item. Typescript. Mss2W5584a1.
A typed transcript of a letter, 19 June 1864, from John B. Whatley (b. 1779) of Buyckville [?], Ala., to the "Surgeon of the Geníl hospital,
ward 6, Charlottesville, Va." requesting details concerning the death and burial of his son, Lucius L. Whatley of Company I of the 3d Alabama
Infantry Regiment, from wounds suffered at the battle of the Wilderness.
White, John B., Papers, 1848–1871. 25 items. Mss2W5841b. Microfilm reel C623.
This collection contains the papers of John B. White (1802–1879) of Greene County. Civil War materials include a letter, 1862, from
John Tray concerning leather, salt, and flour for wives of Confederate soldiers, and vouchers, 1862–1863, of John B. White while
serving as an agent for the Confederate Commissary Department for rations for the families of Greene County Confederate soldiers.
White, John French, Papers, 1860–1891. 46 items. Mss2W5842b. Microfilm reel C623.
This collection consists primarily of the wartime letters of John French White (1834–1922) of the 32d Virginia Infantry Regiment. In letters, 1862–1864,
to his wife, Martha Coles (Davis) White (1840–1917), White discusses family news (including word that Union troops encamped on his property and
destroyed fences), religious subjects, life in camp on the Peninsula and near Petersburg, and his part in the battles of the Seven Days, Antietam, and
Fredericksburg (section 1). Also of note is a letter, 1863, from Martha White to her husband in which she describes Union efforts to capture
blockade runners on the York River (section 2).
Whitehead, John Dudley, Papers, 1846–1892. 146 items. Mss1W5875a. Microfilm reel B47.
Contains the papers of John Dudley Whitehead (1837–1884) of Richmond. Civil War materials consist of letters, 1862–1865, from Whitehead, while
serving in Company H of the 3d Virginia Infantry Regiment, to friends and family concerning his capture at the battle of Gettysburg and his imprisonment
at Johnson's Island, Ohio (section 2). Also included in section 2 is a parole, 10 April 1865, issued to Whitehead at Appomattox Court House.
Whitehead, John Dudley, Papers, 1862–1891. 54 items. Photocopies. Mss2W5875b.
This collection contains photocopies of the papers of John Dudley Whitehead (1837–1884) of Company H of the 3d Virginia Infantry
Regiment. Included are letters, 1862–1865, from Whitehead to his family concerning family news and his life as a prisoner of war at
Johnson's Island, Ohio; a letter, 28 January 1864, from George W. Grice to John Whitehead's wife, Frances (Wright) Whitehead,
regarding her efforts to receive his pay while he was imprisoned at Johnson's Island; a letter, 1 February 1865, to Amelia (Wright)
Whitehead from Thomas B. Jackson of the 3d Virginia concerning John Whitehead's release from prison; a pass, 17 June 1863,
issued to Frances Whitehead by the United States War Department permitting her to travel from Norfolk to City Point (now Hopewell);
and a parole, 10 April 1865, issued to John Whitehead at Appomattox Court House.
Whitehead, William Riddick, Memoir, 1902. 1 item. Mss5:1W5876:1.
This collection consists of the memoir of William Riddick Whitehead (1831–1902), entitled "Life and experiences
of an American surgeon." The bulk of the memoir concerns Whitehead's service as a surgeon in the Russian
Army during the Crimean War and in the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. Chapters
on his Confederate service include descriptions of his experiences at the battles of McDowell, Chancellorsville, and
Gettysburg and his capture after the battle of Gettysburg and imprisonment at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md. The
memoir has been published as Adventures of an American Surgeon (Bethesda, Md., 2002).
Whitehurst, Reuben Lovett, Commonplace Book, 1861–1865. 1 volume. Mss5:5W5876:1. Microfilm reel C623.
Kept by Reuben Lovett Whitehurst (d. 1881) of Company G of the 16th Virginia Infantry Regiment in the diary of a Union soldier, this commonplace
book contains rolls of Company G, a list of men in the unit killed at the battle of the Crater, ordnance reports, financial accounts, lists of picket details,
a brief diary, 1 January–23 June 1864, of daily events, and an outline of military engagements, 1861–1865, fought in by the 16th Virginia. Included
in the commonplace book are the diary entries, 27 April–28 July 1864, of Jackson McLean of the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. McLean,
whose diary was captured following his death at the battle of the Crater, describes life in camp and his unitís role in the battles of the Wilderness,
Spotsylvania Court House, and in the initial Union assaults against Petersburg on 15–18 June 1864. Other items in the collection include Whitehurst's
1865 prison discharge from Point Lookout, Md., his oath of allegiance to the United States, and an 1865 Confederate pass.
Whitlock, Philip, Recollections, 1843–1913. 1 volume. Mss5:1W5905:1.
This collection contains the recollections of Philip Whitlock (1838–1919) of Richmond. Included are his descriptions of his service in Company
A of the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment (later designated as Company G of the 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment) at Norfolk in the summer and fall
of 1861, of his duty with the Confederate Quartermaster's Department as Confederate uniform manufacturer in Richmond, and of his experiences
running the blockade to New York, N.Y., in 1863. Also of note are his descriptions of fellow Jewish soldiers in his regiment.
Whittle, William Conway, Diary, 1864–1865. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss5:1W6194:1.
Contains a photocopy of a diary, 21 October 1864–3 November 1865, kept by William Conway Whittle (1840–1920) while serving aboard
the CSS Shenandoah. In detailed entries, Whittle records the ship's location, activities aboard the vessel, and its encounters with other ships.
Also included is a list of the crew of the Shenandoah and a list showing the latitude, longitude, and daily distances traveled by the ship.
Wickham Family Papers, 1754–1977. ca. 11,500 items. Mss1W6326cFA2. Microfilm reels 375–379.
This collection contains the papers of the Wickham family of Hickory Hill, Hanover County, and Richmond. The estate papers of John Wickham
(1763–1839) include the following Civil War-related items: a letter, 5 June 1863, from William Fanning Wickham (1793–1880) to William F.
Watson concerning the death of a slave, settlement of John Wickham's estate accounts, and war news (box 2); a letter, 6 October 1861, from
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee to William Fanning Wickham concerning Robert E. Lee and the Cheat Mountain campaign (box 4–folder 12);
and an affidavit and receipt of Henry Exall, 16 October 1861, regarding repairs to a tenement in Richmond and the lack of supplies resulting
from the Union naval blockade (box 4–folder 15).
The papers of William Fanning Wickham consist of a series of diaries (in box 5) containing entries concerning local war news, slaves at
Hickory Hill (volume 7), the flight of slaves to the Union army, comments on the home front, the battle of Hanover Court House, news of military
campaigns and Union raids during the summers of 1862 and 1863, and reports of the Spotsylvania campaign (volume 8); a letter, 31 December
1864, from Anne B. Berkeley of Langlee, Hanover County, concerning the hiring of Sally; a letter, 6 August 1864, from William F. Wickham to
Charles Carter of Philadelphia, Pa., discussing the death of Williams Carter of North Wales, Caroline County; letters, April–October 1865, from
William F. Wickham to Charles Carter concerning the management of the North Wales estate and immediate postwar conditions in Virginia,
Jefferson Davis, and Abraham Lincoln's assassination; and a letter, 24 October 1863, from Maria Susan Matilda Fanning, while in Paris, France,
discussing the European views of the war (box 6); and materials, including a petition to President Andrew Johnson, concerning William F. Wickham's
home front activities and pardon (box 9).
Other wartime items include copies of a letter, 6 December 1862, from Williams Carter Wickham of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment
to John Alexander Seddon (1815–1880) concerning Wickham's proffered resignation because of war wounds (which was opposed by affidavits
of Fitzhugh Lee and C. H. Lee); correspondence, 1883, with Henry Brainerd McClellan (1840–1904) regarding J. E. B. Stuart's cavalry raid
into Pennsylvania in October 1862 and the battle of Brandy Station (box 11); a letter, 23 October 1861, from Lucy Penn (Taylor) Wickham
(1830–1913) to Elizabeth (Kane) Shields of Philadelphia, concerning the Virginia home front (box 20); bound speeches, December 1860, of
Williams C. Wickham as state senator to a meeting of Henrico County citizens and to the state senate regarding a call for a state convention to
consider secession (box 31–volume 1); and scattered speeches by Henry Taylor Wickham (1849–1943) offering biographical information on
Hanover County soldiers (box 31–volumes 1 and 2). A separate finding aid for this collection is available in the Society's library.
Wickham Family Papers, 1766–1955. ca. 5,500 items. Mss1W6326aFA2. Microfilm reels C371–375.
This collection contains the papers of John Wickham of Richmond and his descendants who lived at Woodside, Henrico County. A diary,
1851–1882, kept by Maclurg Wickham (1814–1900), contains brief entries, 1861–1865, concerning agricultural operations at Woodside
and observations on local weather (box 5). The wartime correspondence of Littleton Waller Tazewell Wickham (1821–1909) includes
letters with the following individuals: R. Milton Cary (concerning the delivery of tax-in-kind articles to Bellona Arsenal), W. G. Cazenove
of the 3d Virginia District Quartermaster's Office (concerning alterations in the numbers of bushels of corn required for Wickham's tax-in-kind
payment), John Daggart (concerning the production of cloth at a factory in Scottsville in November 1864), B. W. Green (concerning the sale
of his cabbage crop in February 1864), William W. Harllee ([b. 1812] concerning the management of Bunker Hill, Darlington County, S.C.,
and the military companies raised in Marion County, S.C.), and W. C. Spicer (concerning a position as farm manager at Woodside) (boxes 5–8).
The papers of Doctor Francis Peyre Porcher (1824–1895) of Charleston, S.C., include a letter, 18 October 1864, from his mother, Isabella
Sarah (Peyre) Porcher (1803–1890), concerning Francis Porcher's service in the South Carolina hospital at Danville, and the distribution of
clothing and presents to their slaves in South Carolina (box 14); special orders, 1862, issued by Samuel Preston Moore (1813–1889) assigning
Porcher to the Medical Purveyor's Department, authorizing the establishment of a botanical garden in South Carolina, and commissioning
Porcher to write what became Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural: Being Also a Medical
Botany of the Confederate States (1863); notes concerning Porcher's service in the 7th South Carolina Infantry Regiment; and two
Confederate bonds, 1863; and a letter, 26 October 1864, from Isabella Porcher to Julian Henry Porcher of Pinapolis, S.C., concerning
cases of yellow fever and making clothing (box 15).
The papers of Julia Wickham (Porcher) Wickham (1860–1933) include letters and the memoirs, 1926–1927, of Hobart Aisquith
(b. 1845?) of Baltimore, Md., concerning his service in the Confederate 1st Maryland Cavalry Regiment, and on the staff of Lunsford
Lindsay Lomax, at Bunker Hill, W.Va., in 1864, and in a cavalry skirmish in Hanover County in 1864 (including an incident involving
Williams Carter Wickham and his wife, Lucy Penn [Taylor] Wickham [1830–1913], at Hickory Hill) (box 28); and an autograph album,
compiled by Julia Wickham, containing a fragment of an undated letter from South Carolina author William Gilmore Simms to Francis
Peyre Porcher offering his opinion of Pierre G. T. Beauregard (box 34).
Other wartime materials include certificates, 1862 and 1865, issued to Littleton W. T. Wickham concerning exemption from military
service, salt rationing, and the amnesty oath; receipts, 1864–1865, for tax-in-kind payments and for the impressment of three male slaves;
a petition (drafted by L. W. T. Wickham), ca. 1864, of George A. Mathews of Henrico County to James Alexander Seddon (1815–1880)
regarding Mathews's work as farm manager for his widowed sister-in-law and his exemption from military service; and a pass, 1865, issued
by the Provost Marshal General's Office in Richmond (box 11). A separate finding aid for this collection is available in the Society's library.
Wickham, Henry Taylor, Speech, 1941. 1 item. Typescript. Mss2W6325a2.
A typescript copy of a speech, 15 December 1941, delivered by Henry Taylor Wickham (1849–1943) at Dinwiddie Court House on
the occasion of the return from the North of the battle flag of Company I of the 3d Virginia Cavalry Regiment. The speech concerns, in
part, the regiment's role in cavalry battles at Mitchell's Shop and Yellow Tavern in May 1864.
Wight Family Papers, 1861–1879. 5 items. Mss1W6398a. Microfilm reel C290.
This small collection contains the papers of the Wight family of Virginia. The undated recollections of Charles Copland Wight (1841–1897)
offer descriptions of his life as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute during the secession crisis and of his experiences as a member of the
27th and 58th Virginia Infantry Regiments at the battles of First Bull Run, McDowell, Cross Keys, and Port Republic (a1). The diary,
1863–1865, of Charles Wightís mother, Margaret (Brown) Wight (b. 1809), describes her family's flight from Norfolk to Hanover County,
the activities of her sons and daughters during the war, life on the home front (including a food riot in Richmond, and her own work making
envelopes), the fall of Richmond, and Lincoln's assassination (a2–3).
Wilkins, Benjamin Harrison, Memoir, 1856–1876. 1 volume. Mss5:1W6544:1.
Contains the memoirs of Benjamin Harrison Wilkins (1856–1941) of Richmond. Entitled "War Boy," Wilkins's memoirs recall his life
as a young boy in Richmond and include brief descriptions of the economic effect of the war on his family, of the use of his family's home
as a hospital, of the evacuation fire, and of the arrival and conduct of the Union army. The memoirs are published as "War Boy": A True
Story of the Civil War and Re-Construction Days (Tullahoma, Tenn., 1938).
Williams Family Papers, 1811–1945. 29 items. Mss1W6767b. Microfilm reel C315.
Contains the papers of the Williams family of Richmond. Wartime items include letters, 1864–1865, from John Langbourne Williams
(1831–1915) to his wife, Maria Ward (Skelton) Williams (1843–1929), concerning family news and his experiences in Richmond as
a member of a local unidentified militia regiment (section 1); a bond, 12 December 1864, of Benjamin Edwards Green (1822–1907)
with John L. Williams to purchase United States currency with Confederate currency at the rate of 8 to 1 (section 2); and a Confederate
tax-in-kind account, 24 October 1863, for agricultural products, filed by John Gifford Skelton (1815–1889) of Powhatan County
Williams Family Papers, 1801–1889. 321 items. Mss1W6767g. Microfilm reels C494–495.
Primarily the papers of James Harrison Williams (1836–1903) of Winchester and Woodstock, and his wife, Cora DeMovelle
(Pritchett) Williams (1840–1927), who worked for the Confederate War Department in Richmond, and later served as principal
of the Shenandoah Female Institute in Woodstock. Civil War materials include a diary, 1862 January 1–July 11, kept by James
Harrison Williams while serving in the Virginia Ashby Horse Artillery, C.S.A., describing camp life and military operations
during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign (Section 1); correspondence of James Harrison Williams with his future
wife, Cora DeMovelle (Pritchett) Williams (regarding their courtship and his experiences during the 1862 Valley Campaign),
and his cousin Mary Eleanor (Magruder) Conrad ([1840–1865] reporting on the presence of Union troops near Woodstock
during the Valley Campaign and in September 1863) (Section 2); a letter, 1861, written by Simeon Beauford Gibbons
(1833–1862) of the 10th Virginia Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., to an unidentified Confederate officer requesting that
James H. Williams be permitted to deliver clothing to a member of the Stonewall Brigade; and an affidavit, 1864,
of George Wilmer Brown (d. 1927), John W. Carter, and E. H. Moorman regarding the appraisal of a horse
purchased by William Province McGuire (1845–1926) for service in Thomson's Horse Artillery, C.S.A.
[formerly the Ashby Horse Artillery] (Section 3); letters written to Cora DeMovelle (Pritchett) Williams
by Mary Eleanor (Magruder) Conrad (regarding the presence of Union soldiers in the Valley throughout
the war) and her brother Thomas Pritchartt ([1838?–1863] enclosing a copy of Pierre Gustave Toutant
Beauregard's farewell address to the Confederate States Army of the Potomac on 30 January 1862)
(Section 4); letters written to Mary Julia (Williams) Wagner ([1846–1930] of Woodstock) by her
cousin Philip Wilson Magruder ([1838–1907] while serving in the 10th Virginia Infantry, concerning
his winter quarters in January 1863) and her brother George Henry Williams ([1844–1863] while
serving in the 10th Virginia Infantry and the 12th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A., regarding
camp life and family news) (Section 5); and a letter, 1864 July 9, written by Lucy Ann (Williams)
Lovell (b. 1834?) to her brother Samuel Croudson Williams (1842–1890) discussing family news
and the presence of Confederate troops in the Valley (Section 6).
Williams Family Papers, 1861–1919. 42 items. Mss1W6767j.
This collection contains the papers of the Williams family of Richmond. The correspondence of Charles Urquhart Williams (1840–1910) of the 2d
Company of Richmond Howitzers includes a commission, 9 June 1862, signed by George Wythe Randolph (1818–1867), of Williams as a drillmaster
in the provisional army; a letter, 2 January 1864, from Williams to his sister, Elizabeth Cunningham (Williams) Reid (1826–1890), concerning camp
life in Tennessee; and letters, 1861–1863, to his mother, Ann Mercer (Hackley) Williams (1800–1879), discussing the battle of Big Bethel, military
activities near Yorktown in the summer and fall of 1861, and his service in Tennessee in 1863 (section 1). Also in the collection are letters, 1862,
from David Rumph Jones, Charles Bruce Williams (1797–1872), and James Burdge Walton (1813–1885) concerning Charles Williams's service
as a drillmaster and his application for a commission in the Confederate artillery (section 2), and a commission, 10 April 1862, of Charles
Williams as a second lieutenant in the 4th Artillery Regiment of Virginia Militia (section 3).
Williams, Belle Horner (b. 1844), Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2W6705a1. Photocopy.
Written from Union Female Colleage in Danville to "mama," this letter describes the excitement of the outbreak of war and the marathon sewing that has been going on to clothe the local militia companies in time for their departure for Richmond. Many of her schoolmates have left or are planning to leave school to avoid being separated from their families. Mentions Mr. Aylett having enlisted and also Mr. [W. A.] Tyree, president of the private Baptist college, who urges parents not to remove their daughters from the school.
Williams, John A., Letters, 1861–1865. 41 items. Mss2W67334b.
This collection contains letters, 1861–1865, from John A. Williams (b. 1843) of Company D of the 10th Virginia Heavy Artillery Battalion
to his sisters, Mary R. Williams (b. 1845) and Lucy J. Williams (b. 1849) of Prince George County. In the letters, Williams discusses
camp life at Jamestown Island and near Richmond, news of runaway and confiscated slaves from Prince George County, prices of
clothing items in Richmond, the possibility of French and English intervention in the war on behalf of the Confederacy, the effect of
the Conscription Acts of both the United States and Confederate governments on the opposing armies, the construction of the CSS
Virginia II, migration of some Prince George County citizens to the western part of the state to escape advancing Union troops after
1862, a military-style execution of two white Surry County men at Jamestown Island in the fall of 1862 by a small band of fugitive
slaves, the overcrowding of military prisons in Richmond, and brief news concerning the battles of Seven Pines and Chancellorsville
and the Suffolk, 1862 Maryland, and 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns.
Williams, John Langbourne, Letter, 1864. 1 item. Mss2W6734a3.
A letter, 24 November 1864, from John Langbourne Williams (1831–1915) to Robert Alexander Lancaster (1829–1902) concerning
Williams's attempt to purchase United States currency at Columbia, S.C., for use by Confederate agents.
Williams, Samuel Greenhill, Papers, 1858–1865. 10 items. Photocopies. Mss2W67515b.
This collection contains photocopies of the papers of Samuel Greenhill Williams (1835?–1864) of Nottoway County. Wartime items include
letters, 1863–1864, from J. B. Faulkner to Samuel Williams regarding the purchase of Confederate bonds (b5–6); a letter, 29 September
1863, to Williams from William S. Weaver of Company C of the 53d Virginia Infantry Regiment concerning Weaver's instructions regarding
the rental and cultivation of his lands in Nottoway County (b7); and a receipt, 18 March 1864, issued to Samuel Williams by the Confederate
Quartermaster's Department for the purchase of bacon (b9).
Williams, Septimus Ligon, Papers, 1861–1862. 29 items. Mss2W6752b.
This collection consists entirely of the wartime correspondence of Septimus Ligon Williams (1819–1882) of Company B of the 58th Virginia
Infantry Regiment. Letters between Williams and his wife, Sarah Frances (White) Williams (d. 1912), discuss camp life near Staunton
and in Highland County in 1861, family news, and the regiment's activities in the Shenandoah Valley in April 1862. Typed transcripts
of the letters are included in the collection.
Willis, Edward Benjamin, Memoirs, 1856–1925. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss5:1W6795:1.
This collection contains a photocopy of a typed transcript of the memoirs of Edward Benjamin Willis (b. 1844) of Texas. Included are brief
descriptions of his service in Company A of the 46th Virginia Infantry Regiment in western Virginia (now W.Va.) in 1861 and at Roanoke
Island, N.C.; in Company A of the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment at Suffolk and as a clerk in the Confederate Quartermaster's Department
Wills Family Papers, 1862–1863. 16 items. Mss2W6855b.
Contains the papers of members of the Wills family of Southampton County. Civil War materials include letters, 1862–1863, to James
W. Wills from Charles Fox Urquhart (1838–1862) of Company D of the 3d Virginia Infantry Regiment concerning a skirmish near
Yorktown in April 1862 (b4), and from his brother, Irvin Cross Wills (1838–1912) of Company A of the 13th Virginia Cavalry
Regiment, discussing cavalry operations near South Mills, N.C., in April 1862, camp life, skirmishing along the Rappahannock River
in April 1863, and the regiment's role in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg (b5–14). Also in the
collection is a receipt, 28 July 1863, issued to James W. Wills by William N. Edwards for a Confederate certificate of deposit
and currency (b16). The letters of Irvin Cross Wills are printed in Three Rebels Write Home: Including the Letters of Edgar Allan
Jackson, James Fenton Bryant, Irvin Cross Wills, and Miscellaneous Items (Franklin, Va., 1955), pp. 76–91.
Wills, Thomas R., Diary, 1864. 1 volume. Mss5:1W6857:1.
Kept by Thomas R. Wills of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, this diary, 17 June–7 July 1864, contains entries describing his
unit's movements near Petersburg, its participation in a Union cavalry raid, under the command of James Harrison Wilson, against the
South Side Railroad, and Wills's capture and imprisonment at Libby Prison, Richmond.
Wilson Family Papers, 1790–1944. ca. 3,050 items. Mss1W6997aFA2. Microfilm reels C146–152.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Chamberlin, MacPherson, and Wilson families of Jefferson and Berkeley counties (now W.Va.).
The correspondence of Jane MacPherson (d. 1877) of Baltimore, Md., a practicing Quaker, includes letters with the following individuals: Lydia C. S.
(concerning the care of soldiers in the hospital at York, Pa., in October 1862), Thomas F. Gray (concerning the care of sick and wounded Union
soldiers in Baltimore, Md., and war news in June 1863), Hannah M. Leeke (regarding a skirmish fought by the 8th Ohio Infantry Regiment, her
opinion of the British government, Quakers in wartime Virginia, the death of James C. Leeke, an officer in the 30th United States Colored Infantry
Regiment in August 1864, and news clippings on James Leeke and John Minor Botts [1802–1869]), James J. McConnell of Company D of the
3d Indiana Cavalry Regiment (concerning campaigning in Virginia in 1862 and his capture and imprisonment at Belle Isle, Richmond, his wounding
at Morton's Ford on 10 October 1863, and the later amputation of his leg in January 1865), Lydia MacPherson (concerning Iowa's contribution
to the Union war effort in 1863 and the service of Isaac Lewis in the Union army at Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and New Orleans), and Elva Wright
(regarding the service of Isaac Lewis in the Union army at Corinth, Miss., and his death in November 1863) (box 2).
The correspondence of the Reverend Lewis Feuilleteau Wilson (1804–1873), a Presbyterian minister of Jefferson and Berkeley counties
(now W.Va.), includes a letter concerning payment for a coffin for Lewis F. Wilson (1841?–1863) of Company A of the 11th Virginia Cavalry
Regiment (box 3).
Other items in the collection include a letter, [?] June 1861, from Jonas Chamberlin at Winchester to Mary Elizabeth (Chamberlin) Wilson
(1815–1895) concerning an expected attack on Winchester by the Union army and preparations for war in Berkeley County (now W.Va.)
(box 7); letters, September–October 1862, of Eliza Chamberlin to her sister, Jane M. (Chamberlin) Hamill, concerning the effects of the war
on the local home front and an attack by Union army troops on Martinsburg (now W.Va.); and a letter, 27 May 1863, of "Choloden"
("a true uncompromising unconditional Union man") warning of an impending cavalry raid under J. E. B. Stuart toward Leesburg or
Winchester (box 22). A separate finding aid for this collection is available in the Society's library.
Wilson, Joseph Hubbard, Papers, 1861–1870. 11 items. Mss2W6947b.
This collection consists primarily of letters, 1861–1862, from Joseph Hubbard Wilson (1812–1870), while serving in an unidentified
cavalry regiment in northwestern Virginia, to family members (b1–7). The letters briefly discuss skirmishes and scouts in Pendleton,
Pocahontas, and Randolph counties (now W.Va.). The collection includes typed transcripts of the letters.
Wilson, Laura Cornelia (Jeffress), Papers, 1855–1872. 8 items. Mss2W6952b.
This collection contains the correspondence of Laura Cornelia (Jeffress) Wilson (1839–1905) of Charlotte County. Wartime
items include a letter, 22 June 1862, to Laura Wilson from her brother, Edward Hudson Jeffress of Company K of the 3d
Virginia Cavalry Regiment, concerning life in camp near Richmond (b1), and a letter, 31 August 1862, to Laura from her
sister, Elizabeth Hudson (Wilson) Jeffress Overby (1821–1879), discussing family news and her attempt to visit Union-occupied
Williamsburg (b5). The collection includes typed transcripts of the letters.
Wimberly, Frederick E., Speech, 1861. 1 item. Mss2W7152a1.
A speech, 26 May 1861, delivered by Frederick E. Wimberly at Jeffersonville, Ga., describing the reasons for the outbreak of war and calling for support of the Confederacy.
Winfree, Judith (Gates), Memoir, 1930. 1 item. Typescript. Mss5:1W7265:1.
This collection contains the typed memoir of Judith (Gates) Winfree (1856–1939) of Edgewood, Chesterfield County. Included in this
account of her childhood is a brief description of encounters with black and white Union soldiers at her home in 1864.
Wingfield Family Papers, 1823–1944. 94 items. Mss1W72767a.
This collection contains the papers of the Wingfield family of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Hanover County. Civil War materials
consist of letters, 1861, between Chastain Rufus Wingfield (1838–1919) of Company G of the 4th Virginia Cavalry Regiment
and his mother, Susanna Brooke (Ellis) Wingfield (b. 1810?), concerning his request for clothing, scouting duty near Manassas
in August, and her report of family news and of sick soldiers recovering in Charlottesville (section 3).
Winston-Clark Family Papers, 1823–1907. 155 items. Mss1W7337a. Microfilm reels C495–496.
This collection contains the papers of the Winston and Clark families of Virginia. Civil War materials include the letters, 1861–1865,
of Ambrose Whitlock Winston (1835–1897) of Company E of the 58th Virginia Infantry Regiment (concerning camp life); Charles Jones
Winston (1837–1887) of Company G of the 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment (concerning picket duty in northern Virginia in 1861,
operations in North Carolina in 1864, camp life throughout the war, the march toward Pennsylvania in June 1863, and the battles of
Williamsburg and Second Bull Run); and William Henry Harrison Winston ([1844–1935] concerning his service in northern Virginia
in 1861 and his imprisonment at Point Lookout, Md.) (section 1).
Wise Family Papers, 1777–1973. ca. 6,500 items. Mss1W7547b.
This collection contains the papers of several generations of the Wise family of Virginia. The bulk of the materials in the collection, however, consist
of the correspondence of two family members in particular–Henry Alexander Wise and his son, John Sergeant Wise (1846–1913). Henry A.
Wise's correspondence primarily concerns his service as governor of Virginia and as a brigadier general in the Confederate army. Of particular
note are Wise's letters, 1861–1865, to his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Lyons) Wise (1814–1901), offering descriptions of his service in western
Virginia in 1861, of camp life near Richmond in 1862, of his role in the defense of Charleston, S.C., in the fall and winter of 1863, of the
1864 battle of Drewry's Bluff, of the initial Union assaults against Petersburg in June 1864, and of life in and around Petersburg during
the siege. Letters, 1861–1864, between Henry Wise and his daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Wise) Garnett (1829–1898), discuss troop
movements and fighting in western Virginia in September 1861, the condition of his troops and fighting around Petersburg in 1864,
and family news in 1862. Other wartime correspondents include Conrad Wise Chapman (1842–1910), Owen Landon Hedges,
Robert E. Lee, Minnie C. McComers, William Parker, and Henry Alexander Wise (1834–1869). The correspondence of John
Sergeant Wise includes a letter, 28 October 1909, to Constance (Cary) Harrison (1843–1920) regarding his role as a courier for
Jefferson Davis during the Appomattox campaign. A finding aid to this collection is available in the Society's library.
Wise Family Papers, 1816–1898. 149 items. Mss1W7547d.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of Governor Henry Alexander Wise of Accomack County. Civil War-related materials include
a typescript copy of Wise's official reports of the 15 June 1864 Union assaults on Petersburg (d115) and an undated postwar speech to the
"Comrades of the Confederate War" concerning the war in Virginia (d116).
Wise, Henry Alexander, Letter, 1863. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2W7544a3.
A photocopy of a letter, 20 September 1863, from Henry Alexander Wise to his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Lyons) Wise (1814–1901), concerning
a meeting with Pierre G. T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C.
Wise, Henry Alexander, Papers, 1858–1874. 4 items. Mss2W7544c.
Contains the correspondence of Henry Alexander Wise of Richmond. Included in the collection is a letter, 19 January 1862, from Wise
to Judah Philip Benjamin (1811–1884) seeking permission to fill the depleted ranks of the Wise Legion with several companies of the 39th
Virginia Infantry Regiment (c1).
Wise, John James Henry, Letter, 1861. 1 item. Photocopy. Mss2W75454a1.
A photocopy of a letter, 25 September 1861, from John James Henry Wise (1830–1895) of the 39th Virginia Infantry Regiment to John R.
Drummond concerning a request for lumber needed to construct winter quarters for the unit.
Witherspoon, Thomas Dwight, Reminiscences, ca. 1890. 1 item. Typescript copy. Mss7:2F8726:1.
Consists of a photocopy of the typed reminiscences of Thomas Dwight Witherspoon (1836–1898), formerly chaplain of the 42d Mississippi
Infantry Regiment. Entitled "A Chapter in the History of the Defence of Fredericksburg, Virginia," Witherspoon's reminiscences offer a
description of the Confederate defense of the city in November 1862.
Wood Family Papers, 1863–1869. 13 items. Mss2W8509b. Microfilm reel C623.
This collection contains the papers of members of the Wood family of Virginia. Civil War-related items include a letter, 1864, from William
Morison Wood (1846–1943) to his brother, Martin Birney Wood (1844–1908), concerning the battle of New Market; a letter, 1864,
from Elisha W. Cocke of the 37th Virginia Infantry Regiment to John O. Wood (b. 1806) regarding the battle of Spotsylvania Court
House; an honorable discharge, 1864, for John G. Wood (b. 1829); a letter, 1864, sent to Francis Henney Smith (d. 1890) by the
reserve corps, guarding the Virginia Military Institute, asking permission of Smith to allow them to join the Confederate forces in
Richmond; and a letter, 1864, from Juliet Wood (b. 1832) to her brother, William M. Wood, discussing family news and the war in Virginia.
Woolfolk Family Papers, 1780–1936. 579 items. Mss1W8844a. Microfilm reels C267–269.
This collection contains the papers of the Woolfolk family of Caroline County. Civil War items include a letter, 10 May 1863, from John
Hampden Chamberlayne (1838–1882) of the Crenshaw Artillery Battery to Jourdan Woolfolk (1796–1868) offering a description of
the battle of Chancellorsville (section 17); affidavits, 1862, of Filman Carual, William W. Roper (1819–1866), and John William
Woolfolk (1823–1891) concerning the confiscation by the Union army of slaves owned by Jourdan Woolfolk; and an affidavit,
24 May 1864, of Chiswell Dabney (1844–1923), Richard Green, and John B. Neal regarding damages committed by the 2d
and 5th North Carolina Cavalry regiments against property owned by Jourdan Woolfolk in Caroline County (section 27).
Woolwine, Rufus James, Papers, 1861–1908. 3 items. Mss2W8885b.
Contains the papers of Rufus James Woolwine (1840–1908) of Stuart. Included in this small collection is a diary, 14 June 1861–27 June
1865, kept by Woolwine while serving in Company D of the 51st Virginia Infantry Regiment. In brief entries, Woolwine details marches
across western Virginia (now W.Va.), Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia and describes, in minimal detail, the battles of Fort Donelson,
New Market, and Cold Harbor and the 1864 Maryland and Shenandoah Valley campaigns (b1).
Woolwine, Rufus James, Papers, 1861–1908. 5 items. Mss2W8885c.
This small collection contains items relating to service of Rufus James Woolwine (1840–1908) in Company D of the 51st Virginia
Infantry Regiment. Included are a commonplace book, 1861–1862, kept by Woolwine at Fort Donelson, Tenn., containing
names of the members of Company D of the 51st Virginia present at the fort (c1) and a commonplace book, 1865, kept by
Woolwine while a prisoner at Fort Delaware, Del., containing an alphabetical list of fellow prisoners of war (c2).
Wright, Gilbert Jefferson, Papers, 1862–1864. 25 items. Photocopies. Mss2W9323b.
This collection consists primarily of photocopies of wartime letters from Gilbert Jefferson Wright (1825–1895) of Cobb's (Georgia) Legion
to his wife, Dorothy (Chandler) Wright (1831–1918). The letters discuss marches to Halifax, N.C., and Suffolk, and Union military activity
on the Peninsula in the spring of 1862, the morale of the Confederate army in May 1862, camp life near Petersburg in August 1864, the
battles of the Seven Days, Cedar Mountain, and Reams Station and the Beefsteak raid of September 1864 (b1–24).
Wright, Minton Augustus, Diary, 1861–1862. 1 volume. Photocopy. Mss5:1W9342:1.
A photocopy of a diary, 18 April 1861–23 February 1862, kept at Norfolk and in North Carolina by Minton Augustus Wright
(1841–1863) of the Confederate Engineer Corps. Entries offer descriptions of the Union evacuation of Norfolk in April 1861,
of Wright's duty constructing defenses on the coast of North Carolina, of the fortifications on Roanoke Island, N.C., and of his
capture at the battle of Roanoke Island.
Wynne Family Papers, 1809–1967. 102 items. Mss1W9927a. Microfilm reels C496–497.
Contains the papers of the Wynne family of Spotsylvania County. Civil War materials include letters from John William Wynne (1838–1864) of
Company H of the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment to family members discussing camp life and military operations near Plymouth, N.C., in April
1864 (section 2); letters from Richard Henry Wynne (1842–1915) of Company I of the 32d Virginia Infantry Regiment to family members
concerning camp life and his various illnesses (section 3); and a diary, 1 September 1864–26 May 1866, kept by Eliza Chew (French) Smith
at Sunny Side, Spotsylvania County, with brief entries concerning general war news, farm operations, the fall of Richmond, and the surrender
at Appomattox Court House (section 7).
Wysor, James Miller, Letters, 1863–1864. 16 items. Mss2W9965b.
This collection contains letters from James Miller Wysor (1845–1929) of Company F of the 54th Virginia Infantry Regiment to his father,
George Washington Wysor (1817–1883) of Dublin, Va. The letters concern camp life during the Atlanta campaign, Union troop movements
toward Chattanooga, Tenn., in August 1863, Wysor's opinion of Joseph E. Johnston and John Bell Hood as commanders of the Confederate
Army of Tennessee, food prices in April 1864, the overall condition of the army in mid-July 1864, and Andersonville Prison. The collection
includes typed transcripts of ten of the letters.
Young, Fanny Churchill (Braxton), Papers, 1857–1893. 34 items. Mss1Y425a. Microfilm reel C316.
This small collection contains the papers of Fanny Churchill (Braxton) Young (1828–1894) of Richmond. Included in her correspondence is a letter,
11 April 1865, to her mother, Mary Williamson (Tomlin) Braxton, concerning her family's experiences during the evacuation of Richmond (section 1).
Young, Mortimer M., Papers, 1862. 2 items. Mss2Y863b.
This collection contains letters, 1862, to Mortimer M. Young (b. 1835?) of Richmond, from William F. Harrison of Company F of the 23d Virginia
Infantry Regiment concerning the capture of Mortimer's brother, Henry C. Young, at the battle of Kernstown, and from Henry Young while imprisoned
at Fort Delaware, Del., regarding, in part, restrictions on letter writing at the prison.
Yulee, David Levy, Letter, 1861. 1 item. Mss2Y912a1.
A letter, 5 January 1861, from David Levy Yulee (1810–1886) of Washington, D.C., to Joseph Finegan (1814–1885) or George W. Call
concerning the secession of southern states, the need to organize a southern confederacy and a southern army, and the occupation of United States
forts, arsenals, and navy yards in Florida (especially at Pensacola).
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