May 15, 2011 – July 15, 2011
Brandt, Caroline Y. The Shame is Ours: Mark Twain on Racism. Richmond, 2010. A delightful miniature book based on a letter from Mark Twain agreeing to pay the boarding expenses of an African American student from Goochland County at Yale University. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Clary, David A. George Washington's First War: His Early Military Adventures. New York, 2011. The lessons George Washington learned in the French and Indian War left him prepared to be the leader of the Continental Army. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Cox, Karen L. Dreaming of Dixie: How the South was Created in American Popular Culture. Chapel Hill, 2011. The creation of Southern nostalgic myths used by Hollywood and corporate America to market its products. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Fisher, Terri L. and Kristen Sparenborg. Lost Communities of Virginia. Earlysville, 2011. Eloquent description of the communities of Virginia that have either disappeared or diminished in importance as a result of "progress." Purchased through the John & Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Gallagher, Gary W. The Union War. Cambridge, Mass., 2011. In this companion volume to The Confederate War, Gallagher discusses the concept of the "Union" as the primary motivation of northern soldiers to fight. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Gaughan, Anthony J. The Last Battle of the Civil War: United States versus Lee, 1861–1883. Baton Rouge, 2011. Legal disputes involving the seizure of Arlington House and the creation of Arlington National Cemetery. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Givens, Florence Rosie. Revisiting Friends: The Journey Home. Fredericksburg, 2001. Poems of faith and family from an African American women poet from Fredericksburg. Bears the author's presentation inscription. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Glatthaar, Joseph T. Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia. Chapel Hill, 2011. In this companion volume to General Lee's Army, Glatthaar presents a detailed statistical study of 600 randomly selected soldiers that challenges conventional thinking about the background of Confederate troops. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Gregg, Sara M. Managing the Mountains: Land Use Planning, the New Deal and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia. New Haven, 2010. An environmental history dealing with the transition from private farms to public forests in the mountains of Virginia and Vermont. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Harris, Kenneth. Princess Anne County, Virginia: Its Contributions and Sacrifices to the War Between the States. Chesapeake, 2010. Princess Anne County residents voted unanimously to leave the Union but a year later they were occupied by Union troops. Gift of the author.
Knight, H. Jackson. Confederate Invention: The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and Its Inventors. Baton Rouge, 2011. Hundreds of Confederate inventors apply for patents for inventions that will benefit the Confederate cause. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Lamkin, Nina B. America, Yesterday and Today. Chicago, 1917. The text of a historical pageant that includes manuscript notes of the participants of the production in Hopewell. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Leichtle, Kurt E. Crusade Against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom. Carbondale, Ill., 2011. Edward Coles emancipated his slaves in Virginia and moved them to Illinois, where he became governor. Purchased through the William A. Hagey Fund.
Loewen, James W. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. New York, 2005. Sundown towns are all white towns that posted signs that people of color had to leave by sundown. Sundown towns in Virginia included Colonial Heights, Grundy, Narrows, and Wise. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Olmsted, Denison. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy: Designed as A Text Book for the Students in Yale College. New York, 1848. Bears signatures and manuscript notes throughout, including that of A. S. Brown, Washington College, dated November 17, 1848. Gift of Colin J. S. Thomas, Jr.
Sedore, Timothy Stephen. An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments. Carbondale, Ill., 2011. An invaluable reference source that includes locations, inscriptions, and dates of erection. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Sullivan, Regina D. Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend. Baton Rouge, 2011. Moon grew up on a tobacco plantation in Albemarle County and was appointed a missionary to China in 1873. Gift of St. Gertrude's High School on behalf of its U.S. history students.
Tate, Thomas K. Col. Frank Huger, C.S.A.: The Civil War Letters of a Confederate Artillery Officer. Jefferson, N.C., 2011. Huger's correspondence depicts the everyday life of artillerymen in Virginia and Tennessee. Gift of the author.
Thomas, Emory M. The Dogs of War: 1861. New York, 2011. Opening events of the Civil War by one of its most eminent historians. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Valentin, Louis. Memoire Sur les Fluxions de Poitrine. Nancy, France, 1815. Valentin was a French military surgeon who took refuge in the United States and was placed in charge of a French naval hospital in Norfolk. His account of the diseases of Virginia is based on his experiences there during the mid 1790s. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Winter, Kari J. The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave Trader. Athens, Ga., 2011. Prentis was born into a prominent Virginia family and became a slave trader to finance his business ventures. Gift of the University of Georgia Press.
Papers, 1722–1899, of the Massie family (of "Falling Spring," Alleghany County, and Charlottesville) consisting of family and business correspondence, financial and legal records, architectural records, and related materials. 6,413 items. Gift of Dixon W. and Kate-Roy Massie Christian, Margaret Massie and Thomas L. Disharoon, and James Pleasants and Joy P. Massie.
Papers, 1745–1980, of the Hill and Meredith families (of King William County) including account books, correspondence, loose financial records, and related materials. 37 items. Gift of George Hill Meredith.
Papers, 1838–79, of the Rev. Watkins Leigh Ribble (of Richmond), Episcopal priest and foreign and domestic missionary. Include memoir, research notes, photographs, and related materials, especially regarding his work with the Reverend Frederick W. Neve. 31 items. Gift of Mrs. Edith Atkins Phiffer Ribble.
Letter, 1860 June 5, of Elizabeth Burwell Page to her brother, Robert Powel Page, a student at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, containing family and local news.  p. on 1 leaf: holograph signed; 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. Gift of Jane Pope.
Courtship letters, 1879–81, written to Anna Lee Hill (of Madison County) by her future husband, educator Philip Major. 4 items. Gift of Kevin Pennanen.
Papers, 1897–1973, of the Braxton family (of Hanover County, Va., and Kinston, N.C.) consisting primarily of correspondence of newspaperman Henry G. Braxton, largely concerning the history of the Braxton and related families. 68 items. Gift of Caroline Virginia Braxton McAlister.
Papers, 1903–70, of Judge Herbert G. Cochran (of Norfolk) including correspondence, school materials, speeches, a scrapbook, photographs, and printed materials relating to his career as judge of the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. 39 items. Gift of Amelia Payne Sweets Runyon.
Special Order No. 16 of the U.S. Second Army, Virginia Military District, 1947 March 24.  p. on 2 leaves: typescript; 8 x 12 3/4 in. Concerns the activation and assignments of officers to various reserve units in Richmond and Charlottesville. Gift of Norman D. Eddleton.
Next of Kin Memorial Plaques issued by the British War Office to the parents of John Ralston and Alexander Cameron Ralston of Richmond in 1920 for their service in the British Army. Include a tribute from King George V, two bronze death plaques, and two commemorative scrolls. Gift of Matthew Prestone.
Portrait of John Melville Jennings, former executive director of the Virginia Historical Society, in retirement, by Eva Jacob, c. 1998. Gift of Eva Jacob.
World War II naval dress uniform and cap worn by Carl Buford Andrews. Gift of Patricia E. Andrews.
World War I uniform of Capt. George Walker Patteson (of Buckingham County), who served in the 4th U. S. Army Corps in France and Germany; with tunic; belt with medical pack; holster; revolver; canteen (possibly later vintage); helmet; insignia. Gift of George W. Patteson, III.
Wine bottle from Hunter's Island Vineyard in Stafford County, with partially intact label, c. 1898. Gift of G. Philip Leveque.