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Richard Beto, Collector, Records Regarding the Civil War in West Virginia

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.3044

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and other material regarding the Civil War, including a diary, letters, reports, clippings, a muster roll, and other material. The majority of items in the collection regard the Civil War in West Virginia. Items within the collection are facsimiles and photocopies.

Series 1. Diary of Alex McGraw; 1864; folder 1.

Diary of Alex McGraw, who served with the West Virginia First Light Artillery, Battery D, containing entries regarding camp life, troop movements, rumors, and skirmishes with Confederates in the Eastern Panhandle. Locations mentioned include Romney, New Creek, Moorefield, and Petersburg.

Series 2. Letters; 1861-1863; folder 2.

A letter from Captain Robert Coles of Virginia Fortieth Infantry, Wise Legion, who was stationed at Camp Defiance, Sewell Mountain, in Fayette County, (West) Virginia, to Colonel Lucius Davis requesting certification to purchase necessary equipment. (14 October 1861)

A depot quartermaster's order for the Confederate States Army issued by Alfred W. G. Davis. who was stationed in Fayette County, (West) Virginia. (1861)

A letter from General John B. Floyd to Alfred W. G. Davis giving authorization to raise supplies for the Confederate Army of the Kanawha. Includes a transcript of the letter. (29 August 1861)

A facsimile of the first page of a letter written by a soldier stationed in Romney, (West) Virginia to his mother mentioning a march from Winchester to Hancock. (19 January 1862)

A facsimile of a letter written by John L. Givins(?) of Sweet Springs, (West) Virginia and sent to "Will", a soldier in the Confederate Army. The content of the letter mainly regards news and rumors about recent battles. (1861 July 27)

A facsimile of a letter written by Confederate soldier R. H. Owen and sent to his wife Eliza. The letter mentions the destruction of infrastructure targets, including bridges, as well as Owen's homesickness. A transcript of the letter is included. (1863 May 17)

A facsimile of a letter from an unknown Union soldier, located near Stoney River in Hardee County, (West) Virginia (now Grant County), to his wife. The letter regards troop movements, skirmishes, and prisoners taken. ([year unknown] 18 May)

One facsimile of an envelope sent by Pope Barrow, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, to Howell Cobb, Jr. and Tom Barrow. The letter was sent via "Soldier's Due". Historical background information regarding the sender, recipients, and circumstances of the letter is also included. (1861 September 16)

Series 3. Miscellaneous Documents; 1861-1865; folders 3-5.

folder 3: A facsimile of the first page of a report to Brigadier General Henry R. Jackson regarding the involvement of the Georgia First Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Corricks Ford, Tucker County, (West) Virginia. (10 August 1861)

A two page copy of the morning report of the Fifth Brigade of the Confederate Army of the Northwest, which was stationed along the Greenbrier River in southeastern (West) Virginia. The Fifth was currently commanded by Colonel William Booth Taliaferro, who later rose to the rank of Brigadier General. (19 November 1861)

A facsimile of General Orders No. 2 issued from the headquarters of Camp Keys in Romney, (West) Virginia. (10 June 1862)

One photocopy of and one facsimile of a Confederate States Army Discharge Disability Certificate of S. Miller Willis, who served with the Phillips Legion, Company B, which is signed and dated Sept. 26th 1862, near Martinsburg, (West) Virginia. (26 September 1862)

folder 4: Documents regarding Charles C. Eyster, who served with the West Virginia Sixth Infantry, including Adjutant Generals' Reports, pension records, commission reports, and unit histories. (1861-1865)

folder 5: Documents regarding Elias Powell, who served with the West Virginia Seventh Cavalry, including Adjutant Generals' Reports, pension records, commission reports, and unit histories. Powell and the Seventh Cavalry were among the Federal troops at the Battle of Droop Mountain, which is frequently mentioned in these records. (1861-1865)

Series 4. Clippings and Photographs; undated; folder 6.

A biographical clipping regarding James Henry Burton, small arms manufacturing specialist and entrepreneur and gentleman farmer, who served as Confederate Superintendent of Armories during the Civil War. (undated)

A photograph and clipping regarding General Thomas M. Harris of Harrisville, (West) Virginia, who commanded the Tenth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. (undated)

A photograph and clipping of Charles J. Faulkner of Martinsburg, (West) Virginia, who was a long-serving state politician before and after the Civil War, as well as an assistant adjutant general in the Confederate Army during the war. Also contains is a photograph of Faulkner's daughters. (undated)

A biographical clipping regarding Waldo Porter Johnson, who was the nephew of Virginia governor Joseph Johnson and an active participant in mid-nineteenth century Missouri politics. (undated)

A biographical clipping regarding Alfred Ward Grayson Davis. (undated)

Series 5. Ledgers; 1863, 1867-1875; folder 7.

Three photocopied ledgers; the first (1863, 1867-1868) records items sold and purchased; the second (1867-1875) records the names of men with numbers entered for each day of the week; the third (1869) may be for a general store and records the purchasing of item by customers and the settling of accounts due.

Series 6. Muster roll; 30 December 1862 - 28 February 1863; oversize folder.

Muster roll of the Second Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, Company G (later the Second West Virginia Cavalry) kept by Captain Jasper A. Smith and Lieutenant Joseph Ankrom. The muster roll documents payments to members of the company, including explanations of back pay or any other discrepancies. The muster roll also includes remarks about company discipline and the condition of munitions and personal effects, most frequently uniforms.

Dates

  • 1861-1875, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1861-1863

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 1/2 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.; 1 oversize folder, 16 leaves))

Overview

This collection contains documents and other material regarding the Civil War, including a diary, letters, reports, clippings, a muster roll, and other material. The majority of items in the collection regard the Civil War in West Virginia. Items within the collection are facsimiles and photocopies. Highlights of the collection include: the diary of Alex McGraw, who served with the West Virginia First Light Artillery; a letter from Captain Robert Coles of Virginia Fortieth Infantry, Wise Legion to Colonel Lucius Davis requesting certification to purchase necessary equipment; a letter from General John B. Floyd to A.W.G. Davis giving authorization to raise supplies for the Confederate Army of the Kanawha; a morning report of the Fifth Brigade, Confederate Army of the Northwest commanded by William Booth Taliaferro; and a muster roll of the Second Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, Company G. See "Scope and Content Note" for more detail.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Creator

Title
Richard Beto, Collector, Records Regarding the Civil War in West Virginia, 1861-1875, undated
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536