Virginia Civil War 150
Civil War 150 Legacy Project


American Association of State and Local History

The following are a sample of images collected by the Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access. Numerous diaries, letters, paroles, photographs, and reminiscences were contributed from donors visited in Amherst, Greene, Nottoway, Rockbridge, Westmoreland, King & Queen, Pittsylvania, and Shenandoah Counties, and Williamsburg, Manassas, Danville and Virginia Beach.

Letter, 22 March 1862, of Mary Allen of Amherst County, Virginia, to her son, regarding the death of his brothers, Willie and Joshua, from fever. Allen also discusses the beginning of the war and the devalued currency. Scanned in partnership with the Amherst County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Diary, 1865, of William H. Dedrick of the 2nd Ohio Cavalry. Included are the entries, 15-21 April 1865, regarding the assassination of President Lincoln. Scanned in partnership with the Williamsburg Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Letter, 9 April 1862, of James A. Gowdy from Camp Fairground, Baltimore, Maryland, to his mother, Mrs. Mary Dunn, Conneautville, Pennsylvania, regarding camp life and prisoners he’s seen. Scanned in partnership with the Greene County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Oath and parole, 1865, of George A. Hinkins of the 11th Virginia Cavalry, Company E. Scanned in partnership with the Shenandoah County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Letter, 21 April 1861, of Algernon S. Wade of the 27th Virginia Infantry, to his mother, regarding troop movements through Lexington and Winchester, Virginia. Scanned in partnership with the Manassas Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Sketchbook, 1864-1865, of Henry Vander Weyde (1839-1924) of New York. Weyde served with the 65th New York Volunteers and was captured at the battle of Cedar Creek, 19 October 1864, and placed in the Confederate prison in Danville, Virginia. He remained in the prison until his discharge on 17 July 1865. The sketchbook is owned by the Danville Museum of Fine Arts. Scanned in partnership with the Danville Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Collection, ca. 1860-1899, of William Smith Davis including a photograph and typed transcription of a letter, 19 September 1899, describing his command of the 23rd North Carolina Regiment and also including information on the battle of Gettysburg (Pa.). Lieutenant Colonel Davis served with the 12th and 23rd North Carolina Infantry Regiments. Scanned in partnership with the Nottoway County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Tax receipt, 5 March 1864, of John Ervine of Rockbridge County, Virginia, for a payment made in bacon to the Confederate States. Scanned in partnership with the Rockbridge County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Partial testimony, 24 October 1871, of Mrs. Caroline Heater of Frederick County, Virginia, before the Claims Commission, regarding her loyalty to the Union during the war. Scanned in partnership with the Shenandoah County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.


Photograph, ca. 1900-1910, of a soldier’s reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the veterans was Frank S. Sisson, who served with the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and was president of the Civil War veterans group in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Scanned in partnership with the Westmoreland County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Collection, ca. 1865-1890, of Atwood C. Walker of the 26th Virginia Infantry Regiment, including prison discharge, amnesty oath, and photographs. Scanned in partnership with the King and Queen County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

Certificate, 20 September 1864, of Samuel P. Wilson of Danville, exempting him for service in the Confederate States Army due to his duty as a farmer. Scanned in partnership with the Pittsylvania County Local Sesquicentennial Committee.

The letter was written on July 4, 1863 by John Winn Moseley to his mother, informing her of his mortal wound and imminent death. Moseley was born August 2, 1832 in Buckingham County, Virginia, to Charles and Jane Walker Moseley. The family moved to Alabama when the boy was 3 years old. Moseley joined the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Law’s Brigade, Company G, on April 24, 1861. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment occupied the breastwork on the western slope of Little Round Top. On July 2, 1863, Moseley was shot and taken prisoner during the battle. He wrote this letter shortly before his death on July 5. Moseley was buried in an unknown grave. The letter was scanned in Buckingham County, Virginia.


Renee Savits, CW 150 Legacy Project

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