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Athey Family (Tyler County, W.Va.), Civil War Letters

Collection Number: A&M.1678


Correspondence of the Athey family of Tyler County, West Virginia, consisting primarily of ten letters written from Dudley and Austin Athey, brothers who served in the 11th West Virginia Infantry Regiment from 1863 to 1865. In letters to their siblings and parents at home, the Atheys describe their desire to visit home; their location on railroads or in camps at New Creek and Parkersburg, West Virginia; their health; and their desire to receive more letters from home. Letters from family members at home chiefly contain news about the family's farm and harvest. Most of the letters are brief and notable for phonetic spelling. One letter to the Athey family from another member of the 11th West Virginia documents the regiment's position in Deep Bottom, Virginia, in January 1865 and describes the cold weather, winter quarters, African American troops, the interaction between Confederate and Union pickets, and artillery fire. There is also an 1869 letter written by a Methodist circuit rider, Loren Stewart, concerning his work around Spencer following the Civil War.


  • 1863-1865, 1869


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


0.01 Linear Feet (Summary: 1/4 in. (1 folder))

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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:


Athey Family (Tyler County, W.Va.), Civil War Letters, 1863-1865, 1869
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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US