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Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Papers Regarding the Civil War in Southern West Virginia

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0895

Scope and Contents

Papers mainly related to the Civil War in southern West Virginia, including correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, and other material. Highlights of the collection include material regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; Captain James S. Cassady of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Captain W.D. Thurmond and his company of Partisan Rangers; and the 8th and 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry units.

The collection is organized into seven series, including:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1841-1888, undated; box 1, folder 1-5 (69 items)
Series 2. Maps; 1861-1935, undated; box 1, folder 6 (8 items)
Series 3. Miscellaneous; 1851-1867, undated; box 1, folder 7A-7B; (20 items)
Series 4. Photographs; undated; box 1, folder 8 (5 items)
Series 5. Sketches; 1898, undated; box 1, folder 9 (15 items)
Series 6. Newspaper Clippings; 1861-1938, undated; box 1, folder 10A-10C (17 items)
Series 7. Muster Rolls; 1864, undated; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items)

Series 1. Correspondence; 1841-1888, undated; box 1, folder 1-5 (69 items). This series consists of personal and official correspondence, the majority of which dates from during the Civil War. Includes Union and Confederate letters, orders, receipts, and other material. Also includes a number of items regarding Captain John V. Young.

Series 2. Maps; 1861-1935, undated; box 1, folder 6 (8 items). This series consists of Civil War-era maps of West Virginia and maps of Civil War battlefields in West Virginia, including Rich Mountain and Carnifex Ferry.

Series 3. Miscellaneous; 1851-1867, undated; box 1, folder 7A-7B; (20 items). This series consists of addresses, letters, lists, poems, a notebook, a broadside, and other material. Contains items related to the Civil War, including a muster roll and lists of soldiers and prisoners. Also contains material regarding Captain James S. Cassady's postbellum career in the Fayette County School District.

Series 4. Photographs; undated; box 1, folder 8 (5 items). This series contains preservation copies of Civil War photographs, including images of Union and Confederate encampments and soldiers.

Series 5. Sketches; 1898, undated; box 1, folder 9 (15 items). This series contains preservation copies of illustrations from the book Official and Illustrated War Record Embracing Nearly One Thousand Pictorial Sketches, etc.

Series 6. Newspaper Clippings; 1861-1938, undated; box 1, folder 10A-10C (17 items). This series contains articles regarding the Civil War in West Virginia. Includes clippings describing the early events of the war in western Virginia, mostly dating from 1861. Descriptions of items include transcriptions of key phrases and terms from article titles and body of text. Also contains several articles from the 1930s recounting West Virginia Civil War history

Series 7. Muster Rolls; 1864, undated; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items). This series consists of three muster rolls, one from the 10th Company, 14th Regiment, Virginia Militia under Captain J.S. Cassady; one from Company G, 11th Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry under Captain John V. Young; and one from Company F, 7th Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers under Captain Edgar B. Blundon.

Contents List:

Series 1. Correspondence Box 1; folder 1; item 1; Tax Receipt -- John V. Young for tax on 2 horses, Sheriff of Kanawha County; 1844

Box 1; folder 1; item 2; Check -- To John V. Young, Bank of Virginia, Charleston, Kanawha County, signed by R.W. Franklin; 1857

Box 1; folder 1; item 3; Promissory Note -- to John V. Young from J. Cunningham; 1847

Box 1; folder 1; item 4; License to Preach the Gospel -- To John V. Young by J.W. Reger, P.E., Winfield, Virginia; 1859

Box 1; folder 1; item 5; Judgement of Kanawha Circuit Court, Spring Term -- Thomas H. Vandle vs. Jacob Darneal. R.H. Earley, D.S. Reverse contains sketch of "Martinsburg, Virginia, With A Detachment of the Fifth New York Cavalry in the Foreground"; 1850

Box 1; folder 1; item 6; Receipt for Personal Property Tax, Scott Township, Putnam County -- John V. Young, signed J.A. Wade; 1867

Box 1; folder 1; item 7; Notice of Transfer of 125 acres from George Hix to John Young, signed Nelson Handley; 1856

Box 1; folder 1; item 8; License -- for John V. Young to perform marriages in Putnam County through the Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by J.L. Middleton, Deputy Clerk; 1859

Box 1; folder 1; item 9; Freight bill on Steamer Julia Maffitt -- to W. Tompkins, signed Reynolds, Clerk; 1860

Box 1; folder 1; item 10; Note -- to Rachel Tompkins for 200 bushels of corn; 1861

Box 1; folder 1; item 11; Note -- to Rachel Tompkins for 100 bushels of corn; 1861

Box 1; folder 1; item 12; Letter -- tendering resignation as 3rd Lieutenant in the Kanawha Riflemen to Colonel Tompkins, 22nd Regiment. Virginia Volunteers; 1861

Box 1; folder 1; item 13; Envelope -- to item no. 12, with return address and advertisement of A. Whitteker & Son Store; undated

Box 1; folder 1; item 14; Passenger list -- of rail passengers travelling from Lewisburg to Charleston, Virginia; 1861

Box 1; folder 2; item 15; Oath of Allegiance to the Restored Government of Virginia and to the United States -- at Coalsmouth (St. Albans), Virginia. Reverse contains name of Colonel Shepard and mentions troops crossing the Kanawha River and the Falls of the Coal River; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 16; Letter -- to John V. Young from J.T. Bowyer discussing Lieutenant Brooks, command of camp, and U.S. troops close to Richmond; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 17; Orders -- from Brigadier General A.G. Jenkins, C.S.A., appointing commissions to a Company of Volunteers from Lewis County, at Headquarters, Cavalry Brigade, Salt Sulphur Springs, Virginia; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 18; Requisition -- for 49 horses, 97 mules and 7,968 pounds of hay for General E.B. Tylers' Brigade. Forage was received by canal boat from Sandy Hook. Captain John Morris; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 19; Letter -- to Captain John V. Young from John Bowyers regarding the arrest of Mr. Wood by Rebels at Putnam Court House. Bowyers wants Young to secure his release; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 20; General Order No. 2 -- Headquarters Detachment, 13th Virginia Volunteers, declaring Thursday 27 November 1862 as Thanksgiving Day. Signed Lt. Colonel James R. Hall; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 21; Letter -- between brother and sister, talks about living conditions and A. Anderson wanting to give himself up; 1862

Box 1; folder 2; item 22; Supply Requisition -- for First Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 23; Letter -- (copy) to Governor Arthur I. Boreman from J.H. Diss Debar about a mission he is on in Cincinnati, Ohio; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 24; Customs pass -- for one barrel of flour owned by William Cash, signed by M. Jeffers; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 25; Letter -- to Captain John V. Young from F.P. Peirpoint, Adjutant General of West Virginia, telling Young that he has forwarded his information to General Kelley; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 26; Letter -- to Captain J.V. Young from Provost Marshall Captain Williams, regarding the return of a prisoner; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 27; Special Orders No. 21 -- appointing a court martial board to meet at New Creek, West Virginia on 24 November 1863. Those appointed to the board are Lieutenant. Colonel. William Blakeley, Captain G.B. Blunden, Captain Frank Smith, Captain Daniel Sheets, Captain J. W. Hall, Lieutenant E.P. Wilber, Lieutenant Robert Lindsey, and Lieutenant J. Combs; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 28; Letter -- to Captain J.V. Young from Colonel W.R. Brown, Commanding, 13th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry, regarding pursuing General Jenkins at Howells Mills and up the Guyandotte River and Tug Fork of (Big) Sandy River; 1863

Box 1; folder 2; item 29; Letter -- to Captain J.V. Young from Colonel W.R. Brown, Commanding, 13th Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry, regarding a Mathew M. Cole who was to be released from custody and sent down the Kanawha River; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 30; Court Martial Charges -- against Private Edward A. Ray for being intoxicated and threatening the life of his commander Captain E.B. Blundon and the lives of Privates Noah M. Dawson and Jackson McCraw at Bull Town, West Virginia; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 31; Letter -- to Captain Young from Captain James L. Botsford informing Young that Lieutenant Colonel Hall will be scouting in the Hurricane Bridge area; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 32; Deed -- between George W. Summers for the estate of Ann M. Millam and John V. Young for property in Putnam County, West Virginia; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 33; Letter -- to Captain Young granting permission for a Mr. Bill Grant to visit his daughter within his lines; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 34; Letter -- describing the capture of the Steamer Levi at Red House Shoals on the Kanawha River by Rebels under Ferguson's Command; reports that General E. Scammon, the commanding general of the Kanawha Department, Captain Q.M. Pinkard, and several soldiers were captured; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 35; Telegraph, Military -- to Captain E. Blundon from William A. Walter, 7th Virginia Cavalry; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 36; Telegraph, Military -- to William Blundon from Edgar (Blundon); 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 37; Receipt for Registered Letter -- from E.B. Blundon to the Methodist Book Depository, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; signed by John Shepherd, Post Master, Middlebourne, West Virginia; 1969

Box 1; folder 3; item 38; Envelopes -- (copies) two addressed to Mrs. Mary B. White, Salem, Virginia, from S. White, Company C, 2nd Virginia Cavalry at Point Lookout, Maryland, and one to Alexander White, Salem, Virginia; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 39; Letter -- (copy) to John B. Fleming, Ravenswood, West Virginia from Sam Fleming, at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 40; Letter -- from S.A. Safford, U.S. Paymaster, asking Captain to have his company be at the landing at Coalsmouth to be paid; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 41; Freight bill -- shipping bill for cook stove, pots, tea kettle and stove pipe on the Steamboat Ingmar at Winfield, Virginia; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 42; Orders -- from Joseph Darr to Captain I.G. Farnsworth to furnish transportation for Captain I.S. Cassady, Company G, 7th West Virginia Cavalry from Wheeling to Brownstown and return; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 43; Letter -- leave of absence granted to Captain I.S. Cassady, Company G, 7th West Virginia Cavalry for reassignment; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 44; Receipt -- from Captain J.V. Young for one saddle stolen by Lieutenant A. G. Handley, Company A, 22nd Virginia Infantry; 1864

Box 1; folder 3; item 45; Receipt -- for Clothing for William L. Young, from the U.S. Army Central Hospital, York, Pennsylvania; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 46; Invoice of subsistence stores -- to. Captain H.A. Boggess for food to Major Blowdon at Guyandotte, West Virginia; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 47; Letter -- to R.H. Stone from John Wilson, Auditor, Treasury Department, requesting evidence of his stolen horse and equipment at Huttonsville, West Virginia on 2 July 1863; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 48; Letter -- (copy) from Headquarters, Army of Virginia, regarding surrender, valor and devotion to duty; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 49; Letter -- to Hanah Fleming from her sister, R. Lovett, talking about family matters; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 50; Amnesty oath -- made by Alexander T. Sadlry (?) before the Kanawha County Court, John Slack, Recorder; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 51; Letter -- to Major E.B. Blundon from Captain John M. Rife, discussing the arrest of anyone rejoicing on the part of rebels; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 52; Receipt -- for $48 received from J.V. Young for one horse sold at public sale by Captain J. E. Fleming on behalf of the Secretary of War; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 53; Telegraph, Military -- to Major E.B. Blundon from Colonel John H. Oley, instructing him not to turn over anything that belongs to Lieutenant Wingfield; 1865 Box 1; folder 4; item 54; Telegraph, Military -- to Major E.B. Blundon from Colonel John H. Oley, regarding three rebel prisoners (deserters), Thompson, 8th Virginia Cavalry, McCorkle, 85th Battery, and Bowers, 5th Virginia; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 55; Receipt, shipping -- Harnden Express for goods to be delivered to J. V. Young and _____ Mollohan; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 56; Telegraph, Military -- to Captain J.V. Young from Major E.B. Blundon; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 57; Letter -- to Captain John V. Young from other officers of the Regiment thanking him for his long and faithful service to West Virginia; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 58; Discharge Certificate -- to John V. Young, Captain, Company G, 11th West Virginia Infantry; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 59; Bill of Lading -- to Mrs. P. Young on the Steamer Leclaire of the Regular Gallipolis and Kanawha River Packet Line, at Winfield; 1865

Box 1; folder 4; item 60; Envelope -- addressed to Captain J.V. Young, Coals Mouth, Virginia; undated

Box 1; folder 5; item 61; Letter -- to Miss Thompkins from Colonel John H. Oley requesting information from her for her son's trip home from behind rebel lines. He will be required to take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Government upon arrival; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 62; General Orders No. 6 -- selection of a General Court Martial Board of officers to try prisoners on 24 July 1865; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 63; Enlistment record -- verifying the enlistments of Joseph Bays and Jacob Bays in the 7th Regiment Cavalry Volunteers, and are credited to the 8th Sub District, Jackson County, 3rd Congressional District, West Virginia; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 64; Letter --to Captain J.V. Young, from the 2nd Auditors Office, Treasury Department, concerning clothing and equipage for Company G, 13th Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry for the 4th Quarter, 1862; 1866

Box 1; folder 5; item 65; Letter -- to Captain James S. Cassady from Granville Hall discussing survey of 280 acres in Raleigh County; also mentions that the Atlantic Cable has been laid successfully and that there is peace finally in Europe; 1866

Box 1; folder 5; item 66; Letter -- to Captain John V. Young from the Adjutant General of West Virginia transmitting Young's West Virginia Honorable Discharge Medal; 1867

Box 1; folder 5; item 67; Letter -- to Captain J.S. Cassaday from the Adjutant General's Office, Washington, DC, returning proof of his service to him; 1888

Box 1; folder 5; item 68; see item no. 135; undated

Box 1; folder 5; item 69; Letter -- (typescript copy) New River Bridge; discusses recruiting; war situations at Vicksburg, Port Hudson and Culpepper Court House; negroes; and the Vallandigham case; 1863

Series 2. Maps

Box 1; folder 6; item 70; Map -- (copy) Route of General Benham in pursuit of General Floyd. Fayetteville, Virginia; undated

Box 1; folder 6; item 71; Map -- Rich Mountain Battlefield, Randolph County, Virginia, by Jed Hotchkiss, Topographical Engineer; 1861

Box 1; folder 6; item 72; Map -- Battlefield of Carnifex Ferry, Gauley River, (West) Virginia by forces under Brigaider General W.S. Rosecrans; 1861

Box 1; folder 6; item 73; Map -- (copy) Battlefield of Carnifex Ferry, Gauley River, showing positions and casualty sites, prepared by the Conservation Commission of West Virginia; 1935

Box 1; folder 6; item 74; Map -- of part of West Virginia found among Lieutenant Colonel J.M. Heck's papers; undated

Box 1; folder 6; item 75; Map -- Camp Garnett and Vicinity, Rich Mountain, Ranolph County, Virginia, by order of Lieutenant Colonel J.M. Heck, Jed Hoskess, Topographical Engineer; 1861

Box 1; folder 6; item 76; Map -- sketch of fight at Rich Mountain, West Virginia, by Lieutenant O.M. Poe, Topographical Engineer; 1861

Box 1; folder 6; item 77; Map -- Gauley Bridge Military Reconnaissance, Department of Western Virginia, by Captain W.F. Reynolds, Captain W. Margedant and W. Angelo Powell, Civil Engineer; undated

Series 3. Miscellaneous

Box 1; folder 7A; item 78; Address -- to the soldiers of the First Virginia Regiment, Virginia Volunteers by Brigadier General B.F. Kelly, Grafton, Virginia, upon leaving Camp Carlile; 1861

Box 1; folder 7A; item 79; Address -- (copy) by Brigadier General Henry A. Wise to the loyal citizens of western Virginia and those on the Ohio border come to the defense of the Commonwearlth of Virginia, at Ripley, (West) Virginia; 1861

Box 1; folder 7A; item 80; Notebook -- (copy) notebook belonging to Captain W.D. Thurmond, CSA, copied 1934. Roll of Captain W.D. Thurmond's Company Partisan Rangers, including a list of officers and enlisted men in the company and equipment charges; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 81; Letter -- (copy) letter from John McGee, Sand Fork, Virginia to the Commissioner of Patents regarding agriculture and farming methods, 1864

Box 1; folder 7B; item 82; Broadside -- (copy) Office of the Provost Marshall, Frederick City, Maryland, informing Major John J. Yellott that he is to seek people who assisted the Rebels in their recent raid, arrest them and send them to the Military Prison in Wheeling. Their families will be sent south of the military lines and their houses and property will be seized and used for hospitals. All males are to report to the Provost Marshall's Office and subscribe to an Oath of Allegiance to the United States, or be treated as above; 1864

Box 1; folder 7B; item 83; Letter -- (copy) signed by U.S. Grant, regarding General Ord leaving to look for his family; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 84; Election Law -- rules governing citizens' right to vote in the upcoming election, with regard to those who took up arms against the Union, by Arthur I. Boreman, Governor ("To the County Boards of Registration, Township Registrars, and Supervisors and Inspectors of Election:"...); 1867

Box 1; folder 7B; item 85; Address -- Address of the National Executive Committee of the Constitutional Union Party presenting their party platform as an alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties; 1860

Box 1; folder 7B; item 86; Letter -- to (State) Auditor from J.S. Cassady, Fayette County Superintendent of Free Schools, with township addresses for Fayette County, West Virginia; also listed are apportionments from each township; 1867

Box 1; folder 7B; item 87; Notice -- to the Trustees of Mountain Cove Township that the undersigned accept the services of Miss Jennie Kincaid for the present school year for three months; 1867

Box 1; folder 7B; item 88; Letter -- to James Cassady from N. H. Ellis concerning the certificate and qualifications of Miss Virginia Kincaid to take the oath and work for the school for three months; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 89; Letter -- to Hon. James Cassady from Edwin Hurst that the trustees of School District No. 4 have employeed Miss Jennie Kincaid to teach and they are attesting to her good character; 1867

Box 1; folder 7B; item 90; List -- Enumeration of Youth Resident in the different Districts in the Townships in Fayette County; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 91; Muster Roll -- (copy) incomplete; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 92; Prisoner List -- (copy) of prisoners in Richmond and those killed in the Battle of Guyandotte among the 9th Virginia Regiment; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 93; List -- of Confederate Companies from Hampshire County, Virginia; also lists the unit number, commanding officer, and other names of the units; compiled by Vause W. Marshall; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 94; Poem -- and note to Miss Sallie Young, Wise's Retreat from Hawk's Nest by Lieutenant J.W. Rife, 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry; undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 95; Poem -- "I'm Off for Charleston"; undated (These are likely the lyrics for a song, since it has sections identified as "chorus"; it also includes a note that says "T. M. Scroggy Publisher No. 443 Vine Street below 13th, where all the new songs can be had, wholesale and retail." The lyrics are in African-American vernacular English.)

Box 1; folder 7B; item 96; Flag -- with the state seal in the center and the date of 20 June 1862 (incorrect date of statehood); undated

Box 1; folder 7B; item 97; List -- (typescript) of documents submitted to the Virginia Convention of 1861; 1861

Series 4. Photographs

Box 1; folder 8; item 98; Photograph -- 8" x 10" b/w of camp of 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry (Ringgold Calvary) at New Creek (Keyser), West Virginia; undated

Box 1; folder 8; item 99; Copy -- Company G, 7th West Virginia Cavalry, Union Army, with James S. Cassady, Follers, and John E. Swaar identified; undated

Box 1; folder 8; item 100; Copy -- encampment of artillery unit, possibly in 31st Virginia Regiment, Confederate Army; undated

Box 1; folder 8; item 101; Copy -- encampment of artillery unit, possibly in 31st Virginia Regiment, Confederate Army; undated

Box 1; folder 8; item 102; Copy -- Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, Union Army, in full uniform, with quotes on back of card; undated

Series 5. Sketches

Box 1; folder 9; item 103; Copy -- "Trains Crossing the Potomac River - Harpers Ferry"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 104; Copy -- "Camp of the Tenth Indiana Regiment at Bellaire, Ohio"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 105; Copy -- "Thirteenth Massachusetts and Twelfth Indiana Regiments Crossing the Potomac"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 106; Sketch -- "Gen. Kelly's Troops Crossing the Bridge at Romney, Va., On his Retreat to Cumberland" (includes photocopy); undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 107; Title Page -- for the book Official and Illustrated War Record Embracing Nearly One Thousand Pictorial Sketches, etc.; 1898

Box 1; folder 9; item 108; Copy -- "Governor Peirpont's Store Room at Wheeling, West Virginia, Containing Stores for the Virginia Regiments"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 109; Copy -- "Soldiers' Graveyard at Bolivar Heights, Near Harper's Ferry, Loudon Heights on the Right and Maryland Heights on the Left, In the Distance"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 110; Copy -- "Winter Quarters of the Twelfth Ohio Volunteers, Near Charlestown, Virginia"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 111; Copy -- "Gen. Banks' Division Crossing the Potomac, Near Harper's Ferry, Sandy Hook in the Foreground" (two copies); undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 112; Copy -- "Front of a Sutler's Tent in Western Virginia"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 113; Copy -- "Seventh Ohio Regiment Fortifying the Hill at Sutton Village"; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 114; Copy -- "The Evacuation of Romney. Union Troops Passing Through the Principal Streets on their Way to Cumberland" (two copies); undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 115; Copy -- "Captain Wallace's Battery of the Fourth Ohio, Near Romney, West Virginia" and "Union Pickets at Hanging Rock Gap, Near Romney, on the South Banch of the Potomac"

Box 1; folder 9; item 116; Copy -- "Earthworks on Camp Hill, Guarding the Road to Charleston, Virginia"

Box 1; folder 9; item 117; Copy -- "Martinsburg, Virginia, with a Detachment of the Fifth New York Cavalry in the Foreground"

Series 6. Newspaper Clippings (includes transcriptions of key phrases and terms from article titles and body of text)

Box 1; folder 10A; item 118; War Correspondence -- From the Kanawha Expedition (includes: General Cox still at Pocotalico Creek -- Capture of a Bell -- Foraging -- Successful Scouting Expedition -- Capture of a Secession Major -- Colonels Woodruff, DeViliers and Neff sent to Richmond -- The Former Seriously Affected at His Capture -- They Were Betrayed by a Display of the Stars and Stripes -- Cox Preparing to Advance); 22 July 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 119; War Correspondence -- The War In Western Virginia (includes: The Warfare Kept Up -- A Father Instigating his Son to Murder -- A Terrible Incident -- A Boy Kills Another for Hurrahing for the Union -- Seducing Ohio Recruits into Virginia -- A Bad Story About Some of the Guthrie Grays); 18 September 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 120; Special Correspondence of Cincinnati Times -- From Barboursville (includes: Expedition by Lieutenant Colonel Toland -- 34th Regiment at Mud Bridge -- W.C. Higginson "Original Red" -- John W. Shorter "He- never-smiled-again" -- Jenkins Cavalry -- Border Rangers -- Clarkson -- Colonel Davis -- Witcher "Captain Clawhammer" -- Battle of Chapmanville -- Spies -- Camp Franklin); 28 November 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 121; Special Correspondence Cincinnati Times -- Letter From a Volunteer (includes: A Piatt Zouave on Ohio Soil -- How He Felt -- A Pair of Aristocratic Secesh Ladies -- Mrs. Captain Jefferson Jenkins -- Indignation Against Guyandotte -- Quaker Bottom -- Columbus Prison -- Colonel Zeigler -- Camp Peyton -- Captain O.P. Evans); 2 December 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 122; Special Correspondence of Cincinnati Times -- From the Second Kentucky Regiment (includes: Camp Gauley -- General Starbuck -- Colonel Sedgwick -- Captain Bodine -- General Benham); 26 November 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 123; Clipping -- Headquarters, Cavalry of Army of Kanawha (includes: 5th Regiment Virginia Cavalry -- 8th Regiment Virginia Cavalry -- Colonel John W. Clarkson -- Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Jenkins -- Major H. Fitzhugh -- General Floyd -- Camp Dickinson, Fayette County -- Colonel Whaley -- Captain Corns -- Ceredo -- Death of Captain Huddleston -- Kanawha Rangers); 14 November 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 124; Special Correspondence of the Dispatch -- From the Kanawha Valley (includes: Wise Legion -- Camp Two Mile -- Major George S. Patton wounded -- Colonel Clarkson -- General Wise -- Captain Brock -- Scarey Creek -- Colonel Frank Anderson -- 12th Ohio regiment -- 21st Ohio Regiment -- Captain A.S. Jenkins -- Lieutenant Welch -- Colonel Norton -- Camp Carrington, Galiopolis, Ohio -- General Garnett -- Colonel Pegram's surrender -- Richmond Blues); 18 July 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 125; Daily Republican, Lynchburg, Virginia -- General Jenkins Campaign in Western Virginia (includes: Captain Ferguson -- West Union -- Beverly -- Huttonsville -- Rich Mountain -- Weston -- Glenville -- Spencer -- Ripley -- Ravenswood -- Major Trimble -- Colonel Rathbone's surrender -- Home Guard); 22 October 1862

Box 1; folder 10A; item 126; Clipping -- The Convention of Virginia, Ordinance and Reorganization Adopted (includes: Mr. West of Wetzel County offered an amendment that no one who voted for secession be allowed to hold office in the state during the war -- An Incendiary Hung in Illinois -- T.D. Burke rabid secessionist hung -- Illinois Troops Moving Towards Virginia -- Sturgiss Rifles -- Schaumback's Cavalry -- Captain Barker's dragoons going to Grafton, Virginia -- Peirpoint for Governor of Virginia -- Frank Peirpoint, Union County, unanimously nominated for Governor -- Important Moments in Western Virginia -- Confederates close to Beverly and Philippi -- Rebel forces from Romney burned the rail road bridge over New Creek, west of Cumberland -- Piedmont -- Communication between Cumberland and Grafton cut off); 19 June 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 127; Clipping -- West Virginia Correspondence (includes: Improvement in the Commissary Department -- The Rebel Forces Near Philippi -- Our Forces There -- War Rumors -- Colonel Porterfield -- Philippi -- 6th Indiana -- 7th Indiana -- 9th Indiana -- 11th Indiana -- 14th Ohio -- 16th Ohio -- 1st Virginia Regiment -- Cleveland Artillery -- Henry A. Wise -- Army Truth-Telling -- Expected Attack on Philippi -- A Sunday Camp Scene -- Army Poetry -- Captain Barnette -- General "Dyspepsia" -- General Morris -- Colonel Irvine -- Rowlesburg -- 15th Ohio -- Guernsey Boys -- Poetic Account of the Philippi Races -- Colonel Dumont -- Congressman R.A. Harrison -- Truth Telling Again -- Situation at Philippi -- Chance of A Rebel Advance -- A Queer Court of Inquiry, All Damages and No Culprits -- Artillery Tests -- Draft Horses -- Battle of Philippi -- Court of Inquiry for claims of property destruction in Philippi -- Lieutenant Colonel Spooner -- General Pierce's Defense of his Conduct -- Camp Hamilton -- Colonel Townsend -- 3rd Regiment New York Volunteers -- Captain Haggerty -- Major Winthrop -- General Butler); 20 June 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 128; Cincinnati Daily times, Vol. 42, No. 7957 -- Letter From the Kanawha (includes: Reflections Over a Pool of Blood -- Christianity and Skepticism -- How to Deal with the South -- Major Franklin of the Zouaves -- Influence of Good Men -- Return to Camp Red House -- Winter Quarters for the Piatt Zouaves -- Camp Franklin -- Mud Bridge -- Lieutenant Boyd -- Lieutenant Carpenter -- Captain Anderson -- General Rosecrans -- Camp Dennison -- Winter Quarters -- The Clothing Question -- Brigadier General Mitchell -- Captain Ochs -- Captain Mergenthaler. The War Not Ended in Western Virginia -- Jacksonville, Lewis County -- Captain Rowan -- Weston); 4 November 1861

Box 1; folder 10A; item 129; Copy -- Intelligencer Extra, Wheeling (includes: Exciting News -- Terrible Excitement along the Line of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road -- The Mails Cut Off -- The Mob Along the Road-Scenes at Harpers Ferry -- The Designs of the Traitors -- The Union Men Crushed Out -- Battle of Baltimore -- Train Stopped at Harpers Ferry -- U.S. Artillery Company -- Hedgeville Blues -- Governor Lecher gave orders to seize the Customs House, but it was protected for the United States by the Mayor of Wheeling); 20 April 1861

Box 1; folder 10B; item 130; Clipping -- Nicholas County Civil War Battle Vividly Described Fighting Around Kesslers Cross Lanes by Soldiers Without Food or Water Told in Young Lieutenant's Letter to Sweethert in Indiana (includes: 10th Ohio Volunteers -- Irene Flowers Hickey -- General W.S. Rosecrans -- Benwood -- Grafton -- Sutton -- Summersville -- Gauley River -- Colonel Bill Lytte -- Lieutenant Burns -- Major Burke); undated

Box 1; folder 10B; item 131; The Greenbriar Dispatch -- Rambles (includes: Mannin Knob -- Trout Valley -- Story of Nancy Hart, Rebel Spy of Nicholas County -- Married Josh Douglas -- Two Sons, George and Kennos -- Lieutenant Colonel William C. Starr -- 9th West Virginia -- Stonewall Jackson Cavalry -- Marion Kerner -- Captain Davis -- Rebecca Carpenter. Lieutenant Stivers -- 22nd Virginia -- White Sulphur Springs -- Libby Prison); 14 November 1930

Box 1; folder 10B; item 132; The Pocahontas Times -- Unveiling of the Stonewall Jackson Monument in Charleston, West Virginia (includes: Colonel Paul McNeel -- Greenbriar Cavalry -- George McNeel -- Andrew McNeel -- McLaughlin's Apple Orchard -- Huntersville -- Bodyguard and Courier for General Lee -- Squire Joseph Appleton -- Virginia Legislature -- Uncle Rafe -- Negro Servant -- Dr. Pennick -- Dr. Barkesdale -- Colonel John Stewart -- Reuben Overholt -- George Kee -- Isaac Hill -- Little Levels 1848 -- Mt. Airy -- George P. Edgar -- Dr. George B. Moffett -- James A. Moffett); 20 January 1938

Box 1; folder 10B; item 133; Pocahontas Times -- From a Civil War Diary Kept by William T. Price (includes: Reverend Enoch Thomas -- L. Morrall, Clerk of Barbour County -- Pocahontas Rescuers led by Captain D.A. Stofer -- General William Skeene -- Barbour Greys commanded by Captain Reger -- Mountain Guards commanded by Captain Strum -- Samuel Woods -- Colonel George W. Hull -- Samuel Gilmore); 17 November 1932

Box 1; folder 10B; item 134; Chicago Sunday Tribune -- How McClellan Outwitted Lee and Won West Virginia (includes: A Record of His Victories at Outbreak of Civil War -- Patriotic Service to His Country in Critical Hour -- History of McClellan's career -- Skirmishes at Grafton and Philippi -- How McClellan helped keep Western Virginia in the Union) [two copies]; 23 August 1936

Box 1; folder 10C; contains preservation photocopies of items 118-134

Series 7. Muster Rolls

Box 1; folder 11; item 135; Muster Roll -- 10th Company, 14th Regiment, Virginia Militia, Captain J.S. Cassady; undated

Box 2; loose; item 136; Muster Roll -- of Captain John V. Young, Company G, 11th Regiment, West Virginia Vol. Infantry, U.S. Army, Colonel David Frost, 30 April 1864 through 30 June 1864; 1864

Box 2; loose; item 137; Muster Roll -- of Captain Edgar B. Blundon, Company F, 7th Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers, U.S. Army, Colonel John H. Oley, 31 December 1863 through 29 February 1864; 1864

Dates

  • 1844-1938
  • Majority of material found within 1861-1867

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.

Biographical / Historical

Roy Bird Cook was born at Roanoke, Lewis County on April 1, 1886, the son of David Bird and Dora Elizabeth Conrad Cook. In 1905, at age 19, he received his pharmacy license, the youngest person to ever do so in West Virginia. His pharmacy career spanned fifty-six years. During his lifetime, Cook served on many pharmacy and state boards and commissions. His interest in local history, the Confederacy and Stonewall Jackson inspired him to collect manuscripts and some 600 volumes on those subjects. His many awards and honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from West Virginia University in 1938. Cook died in 1961.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 4 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.))

Overview

Papers mainly related to the Civil War in southern West Virginia, including correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, and other material. Highlights of the collection include material regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; Captain James S. Cassady of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Captain W.D. Thurmond and his company of Partisan Rangers; and the 8th and 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry units. The collection is organized into seven series, including: 1. Correspondence (1841-1888, undated); 2. Maps (1861-1935, undated); 3. Miscellaneous (1851-1867); 4. Photographs (undated); 5. Sketches (1898, undated); 6. Newspaper Clippings (1861-1938, undated); and 7. Muster Rolls (1864, undated).

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/

Related A&M Collections

81, 858, 895, 1309, 1379, 1528, 1561
Title
Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Papers Regarding the Civil War in Southern West Virginia, 1844-1938
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