A Guide to the Breen, Virginia Wise Collection, 1842-1863.

Collection Number SC # 2084


Compiled by:  Chris Bolgiano, March 1990

Edited by Kayla Payne, June 2012


Descriptive Summary:

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Breen, Virginia Wise Collection, 1842-1863

Collection No.: SC# 2084

Creator:  unknown

Extent: one folder

Language:  English

Abstract: This collection contains one 1861 letter from M.H. Flook, one 1863 certificate of discharge for W. Christian Flook, and one 1842 letter from Caswell Freeman. Collection contains both transcriptions and originals.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: Breen, Virginia Wise Collection. Collection Number SC # 2084, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: January, 1990 donation from Mrs. Virginia Wise Breen

Other Formats Available: none

Accruals: none

Provenance: Donor was given original documents of the Civil War period concerning her grandfather and his brother, her great-uncle.

Processing Information: n/a

Bio/Historical Note:  Both letters were written by members of the Flook family, and the donor is a relative. The first letter, dated 1842, was written by David Flook and concerns the price of cattle in Tennessee. The 1861 letter between brothers Michael Harvey Flook and William Christian Flook, discusses the selection of substitute soldiers and describes action involving Confederate Generals Wise and Floyd in the Kanawha Valley. The home of both brothers was in Rockingham County, Virginia.

Scope and Content:  This collection contains three items. There are two letters: one dated 1842 to David Flook from Caswell Freeman in Jacksborough, TN, concerning the price of cattle; and one dated Sept. 3, 1861 from M. H. Flook at Camp Guin to his brother. This letter discusses the selection of substitute soldiers and describes action involving Confederate generals Wise and Floyd in the Kanawha Valley. Attached to the 1861 letter is an 1863 certificate from Rockingham County exempting William Christian Flook from military duty for having furnished Jos. B. Breen as a substitute in 1861. Both letters have been transcribed.

Arrangement: Transcribed copy of 09/03/1861 letter; laminated original letter with 1863 certificate; transcribed copy of 06/26/1842 letter; original letter


Breen, V.W. Coll.                                                                Box: Folder

              Letters                                                                         1:1