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Series 5. Individual, Family, and Civil War History Papers, 1793-1974, undated (includes facsimiles)

 Series — Box: 8-9

Scope and Contents

This series includes individual and family papers (manuscript and typescript letters, clippings, images, etc.) of West Virginians; manuscript and typescript letters, clippings, commissions, etc. regarding the Civil War, West Virginia politics, and other topics; a manuscript roll book of a Confederate sergeant (1862); and two manuscript Civil War diaries (Confederate diary: 1864; Union diary: 1864-1865).

The individual and family papers include material related to the Barney, Bennett, Boyle, Cook, Jackson, Broun, Burner, Camden, Keister, McCausland, Quarrier, Laidley, Ruffner, Tavenner, Tompkins, and O'Neill families, among others; and material related to Mordecai Levi, J.A.J. Lightburn, James C. McFarland, Major T.P. Moore, John Morgan, Francis H. Pierpont, Adam See, Colonel William C. Tavenner, William Tompkins, and Robert E. Lee, among others. Topics of the family and individual papers include family matters, genealogy, business, and the Civil War. Mordecai Levi (1835-1914) invented the first method of brick paving in the U.S. and was an early paver of Charleston, WV. His papers include facsimile and original typescripts and correspondence, official documents, clippings, and other material [1871-1890, 1914-1974, undated].

Correspondence (mostly original letters) regarding the Civil War, West Virginia politics, and other letters includes the following correspondents, among others: John Echols, William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, George McClellan, Harman Blennerhassett, Lawrence A. Washington, Louis Philippe (King of France), Joseph Johnson (Governor of Virginia), and John Letcher (Governor of Virginia), among others. Original letters from McKinley, Hayes, McClellan, Louis Philippe, and Theodore Roosevelt have been separated to A&M 435.


  • Creation: 1793-1974, undated (includes facsimiles)

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US