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Adolphus DeBussey, Soldier, Civil War Letters

Collection Number: A&M 3296

Scope and Contents

Civil War correspondence of the DeBussey brothers of Ravenswood, WV. There is a single letter each from John DeBussey and George DeBussey. John DeBussey served in the Confederate Army while George DeBussey served in the 2nd. WV Cavalry. Most of the letters are from Adolphus DeBussey who served in the 4th. WV Infantry as a musician. In his letters Adolphus documents the service of his regiment in the Kanawha Valley early in the war and in the Western Theater during the battles of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Chattanooga, Tennessee. There is much mention of fighting and prolonged encampments in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Included are details of an 1861 Confederate raid on Burning Springs, an 1861 skirmish at Gauley Bridge, and the 1861 battle of Guyandotte. The letters also record his experiences during Sherman's march through Georgia. The collection includes Corporal Adolphus DeBussey's flute with its case.

Series include: Series 1. Inventory, undated Series 2. Transcripts -- Preservation Copies, undated Series 3. Correspondence, 1861-1871, 1912-1913, 1964, undated Series 4. Ephemera -- Envelopes, 1912–1913 Series 5. Transcripts -- Originals, undated Series 6. Article, 1998 Series 7. Artifact, ca. 1861-1862


  • Creation: 1861-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1861-1866, 1870-1871


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0.5 Linear Feet (Summary: 5 1/2 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.; 1 flat storage box, 3 in.))

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:

Adolphus Debussey, Soldier, Civil War Letters, 1861-1998
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

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