Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-2005 (bulk 1862-1928)

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Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-2005

Collection No.: SC 0134
Creator: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society

Extent: 1 box; .2 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-2005 (bulk 1862-1928), consists of Civil War records and letters from soldiers from 1860-1926, as well as twentieth-century materials including newspaper clippings, research, and writing about local Civil War battles and events.

 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu). Because of the fragility of some items, reproductions may be restricted for certain materials.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-1965 (bulk 1862-1928), SC 0134, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Collection was deposited by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in April 1991. A student paper based on letters from the collection was added in 2005.
Provenance: When the collection was received from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in 1991, the materials consisted of one box of folders, mostly labeled "Civil War," with no apparent arrangement. After review, three collections were established from the materials: Sons of Confederate Veterans Collection, 1896-1964, SC 0132; United Confederate Veterans Collection, 1893-1938, SC 0133; and Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-2005, SC 0134.
Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3050.

Bio/Historical Note:

Civil War records within the collection were issued by government entities, including the Department of the Interior and the Treasury Department, along with various war offices. Notable individuals with papers represented in this collection include local Shenandoah Valley historian John W. Wayland (1872-1962 and Cassie Moncure Lyne (1875-1955) a Civil War writer and poet from Virginia.

Scope and Content:

The Civil War Miscellaneous Collection, 1860-2005 (bulk 1862-1928), consists of one box of materials related to the Civil War. This is an assembled collection, and the order of materials has been imposed by the archivist from the original unordered arrangement.

Civil War records included in the collection consist of muster rolls from the years 1862-1865, certificates of discharge and pension, lists of veterans, and lists of applicants and recipients of the Southern Cross of Honor from the years 1860-1926. Most of these records pertain to Confederate companies and individuals from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, but there are also a few records related to companies and soldiers within the Union Army. Other materials include personal letters from Civil War soldiers giving views of camp life and activities in and around Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, writings by local historian John W. Wayland, twentieth century newspaper clippings relating to the Civil War, letters and poetry by Cassie Moncure Lyne, materials relating to Harrisonburg Civil War museums and monuments, and late nineteenth and early twentieth century bulletins and pamphlets about the Civil War. Please note that not all dates are inclusive.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged topically in four series with item level descriptions of folder contents.
Series 1: Primary Source Materials, 1862-1926, 2005
Series 2: Local Civil War History Documents, 1860-1978
Series 3: Museums and Monuments, 1879-1965
Series 4: Pamphlets and Booklets, 1909-1944

Related Material:

Sons of Confederate Veterans Collection, 1896-1964, SC 0132, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

United Confederate Veterans Collection, 1893-1938, SC 0133, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Separated Material:

The location of some original letters is unknown.

Contents:

Series 1: Primary Source Materials, 1862-1926, 2005

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Primary Source Materials, 1862-1865, 1926
1:1
Primary Source Materials, 1862-1865, 2005, undated
1:2
Primary Source Materials, 1863-1914, undated
1:3

Series 2: Local Civil War History Documents, 1860-1978

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Local Civil War History Documents, 1865-1928, undated
1:4
Local Civil War History Documents, undated
1:5
Local Civil War History Documents, 1937-1978, undated
1:6

Series 3: Museums and Monuments, 1879-1965

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Museums and Monuments, 1922, undated
1:7
Museums and Monuments, 1961-1965, undated
1:8

Series 4: Pamphlets and Booklets, 1898-1927

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Pamphlets and Booklets, 1898-1927
1:9
Pamphlets and Booklets, 1900, 1944, undated
1:10

Compiled by: Jere Suter, April 1991; Kate Morris, September 2013