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
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Breen, Virginia Wise Collection, 1842-1863
Collection No.: SC# 2084
Extent: one folder
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.
Access Restrictions: none
Use Restrictions: none
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
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