March 15, 2011 – May 15, 2011
Atlantic Female College. Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Atlantic Female College, Onancock, Accomac Co., Va., 1861 and 1862. Baltimore, 1862. Atlantic Female College opened in 1859 as a Baptist girls' school. This catalog was published by W.M. Innes after the beginning of the Civil War in Baltimore. We have not been able to find any other items he printed for the South during the Civil War nor any other items published about the college. Gift of Beatrice Johnson.
Berlin, Ira. The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations. New York, 2010. Noted historian Ira Berlin relates the story of four centuries of disruption and migrations of the African American people in the United States. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Breen, T. H. American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People. New York, 2010. Ordinary Americans become involved in a violent fight to obtain freedom for their country. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Faulkner, Carol. Women in American History to 1880: A Documentary Reader. Maiden, Mass., 2011. Contains an image from our collections of Pocahontas, as well as information on several notable Virginia women. Gift of Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Goldfield, David R. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation. New York, 2011. The author views the Civil War as America's greatest failure brought about by the "infusion of evangelical religion into the public sphere." Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Jabour, Anya. Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children. Chicago, 2010. Includes the stories of Sue Chancellor, a Virginia planter's daughter, as well other "boys and girls, black and white, slave and free, rich and poor." Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Jasanoff, Maya. Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World. New York, 2011. Sixty thousand loyalists left the United States at the close of the Revolutionary War. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Lengel, Edward G. Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory. New York, 2011. The death of Washington in 1799 brought about an immortalization of the Father of Our Country. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Miller, Frederick Scott. Fighting Modern Evils That Destroy Our Homes. Chicago, 1913. A boldly illustrated cover depicts the many snares and pitfalls that may overcome the modern family. Gift of Robert Cabaniss.
Rasor, Paul B. and Richard E. Bond. From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia. Charlottesville, 2011. Concludes that early Virginians were a religious, diverse and tolerant people, who laid the foundation for American religious freedom. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Rohrer, S. Scott. Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630–1865. Chapel Hill, N.C., 2010. "Makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role of religion as an ongoing motive for migration in American history." Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Sexton, Jay. The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth Century America. New York, 2011. Monroe's 1823 message to Congress shaped American foreign policy until the early twentieth century. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which the Story is Founded Together With Corroborative Statements Verifying the Truth of the Work. Boston, 1853. Written one year after the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, this work provides insights into Stowe's views on slavery. Gift of Pat Vitsky.
Taylor, Virginia Bagby. Montezuma at Woods End. n.p., 1955. A charming story found in the papers of Virginia Bagby Taylor after her death that depicts life in Louisa County after the Civil War. Gift of Alice Taylor Spilman.
Wallace-Sanders, Kimberly. Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender and Southern Memory. Ann Arbor, 2008. Representations of Mammy throughout American history have had a persistent influence on racial consciousness. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Ward, Charles Henshaw. Theme Building: The Essentials of High-School Composition. Chicago, 1924. This English language textbook bears the signatures of Carl Brown, Noel Hare, Mutt Bonham and Hattie Bonham on the endpapers. Gift of Robert Cabaniss.
Wert, Jeffry D. A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph, 1862–1863. New York, 2011. Wert's history traces the leadership of Robert E. Lee from the beginning of the Civil War until his defeat at Gettysburg. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Papers, 1832, of Thomas Farley (of Giles County) concerning his application for a federal pension for military service in the American Revolution. 2 items. Gift of Sharon Laws.
Letter, 1863 October 21, of Susan Elizabeth (Roy) Carter (of "Pampatike," King William County) to Mary Martha (Southall) Brown, concerning a visit with her mother and the effect of the war on Mrs. Carter's own psychological and physical well being.  p. on 1 leaf: 8 x 13 1/4 in.; holograph signed. Gift of Jane Pope.
Letter, 1864 December 31, of Edgar B. Bennett, "Before Petersburg," to Mary E. Marsh (of Burlington, Conn.), concerning their courtship and his service in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery.  p. on 1 leaf: 17 x 9 in.; holograph signed. Gift of Dr. Robert E. May.
Papers, 1892–1905, of the Campbell family (of Warrenton) including correspondence, news clippings, and an insurance policy primarily concerning Robert Richard Campbell. 12 items. Gift of Emily N. (Mrs. Richard H.) Hutchison.
Papers, 1899–1987, of the Booz family (of Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va., and Miami, Fla.), particularly concerning the social life and financial concerns of Benjamin Booz (1864–1937) of Richmond. 91 items. Gift of Charlotte A. Booz.
Letter, 1900 May 4, of Peter Helms Mayo (of Richmond) to Mamie Carrington Benson (of Watertown, S.D.) concerning the death of William G. Strange and the settlement of his estate. 6 leaves: 8 x 10 1/2 in.; typescript signed. Gift of Ann F. Ober.
Letters, 1917–19, written by Laurie Green to his mother, Melville Walker (Collins) Green (of Surry), and others while he was stationed at Camp Lee and serving in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. 9 items. Gift of John Branch Green.
Papers, 1931–61, of Charles Hurt Seamster (of Halifax County) primarily concerning his activities as a farmer during the years of the Great Depression. 99 items. Gift of L. Gene Seamster.
Materials, 1955–98, compiled by Louise Chrisman (of Richmond) concerning her years of service as an employee of Reynolds Metals Company. Include scattered issues of the Reynolds Review (the employee magazine), cookbooks, craft and other pamphlets featuring Reynolds Wrap, an employee's benefits handbook, newspaper clippings, and service awards. 38 items. Gift of Louise Chrisman.
Uniform coat, 1810–12, and chapeau, or bicorn hat, post-1810. According to family lore the uniform coat and hat were worn by Captain Martin Kirtland during the Revolutionary War, but it is more likely that they belonged to a third generation family member, perhaps Martin Kirtland born in 1790. Gift of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Norfolk.
Three African American dolls purchased in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the 1950s. Gift of Roberta Tingle.
Eight flags used by Eppa Hunton, Jr., for Confederate Veteran functions, c. 1907. Gift of Caroline Hunton High.
Confederate flag used on the coffin of Dabney Jefferson Carr, buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, 1889. Gift of Linda Carr-Kraft in memory of Dabney Jefferson and Anna Deane Carr.
Engraving showing the architect's conception of the first proposed monument to Mary Washington, mother of George Washington [New York?, c. 1830s]. With annotations. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.