Item Details

King Family Papers [manuscript] 1811-1890.

Format
Manuscript/Archive
Language
English
Finding Aid Note
Tanscripts of the Civil War letter by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards available with comments by Robert K. Krick.
Summary
The papers contain 52 letters, 1861-1864, from Confederate artillery captain William King of Lynchburg, Va., to his wife Annie K. Leftwich King. Subjects discussed include camp life around Manassas and Fairfax, Va.; the Battle of Bull Run; news from home; war rumors and news; activities as commander of a naval battery and later in Latham's battery; Union and Confederate troop movements and fortifications; transfer to Western theatre; affairs at the family saltworks including negotiations with the Confederate government and training a volunteer militia company; and re-entry into the artillery in the fall of 1864.
Among the specific topics are the death of Captain John Q. Marr in a June, 1861, skirmish at Fairfax Court House; Union prisoners; optimism concerning a Confederate victory and Southern peace; his wife's financial affairs; excellent dinners by their "springs trained" cook [Callahill?]; his manservant John; visits to camp by family and friends including Mary Minor Blackford; death of friends; family events and finances; the hiring out of slaves Alf and Nat and the sale of "infamous Elizabeth"; camp brawl after a whiskey ration; foraging; the Union reconnaissance balloon; hearing the cannon at Ball's Bluff; drunkeness of Generals Nathan Evans and James Longstreet; winter quarters; battle of Dranesville, Va,; doubts concerning aid from England; disapproval of the Confederate Conscription Act of 1862; investment in cotton and destruction of the Alabama crop; the firms of Charles Scott & Co. and Stuart, Buchanan & Co.; and Camp Lee in Richmond.
University of Virginia alumni Henry Gray Latham and General Samuel Garland, Jr., are mentioned, the former generally unfavorably. There are also references to Benjamin Blackford, Launcelot [Lanty] Minor Blackford, William Blackford, Little[berry?] Brown, James Chalmers, Churchwell Chenault, James Dearing, Frank Findlay, William J. Folkes, Samuel Lamkin, John S. [Jack] Langhorne, Lincoln Clark Leftwich, and Thomas Rutherfoord. There are also frequent brief mentions of Generals Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston, and several of Colonel Thomas Clairborne, General Earl Van Dorn, and General Philip St. George Cocke, whose abilities he doubts. There is also a reference to W. Alex Stuart, brother of J.E.B. Stuart, and saltworks manager, and one each to John Hunt Morgan and James L. Kemper.
With the letters is a hand drawn map of the area surrounding his 1861 camp, and a sketch of his quarters.
Two post war letters, 1884, describe family members visited on a business trip.
Letters, 1866-77, to King from his brother Dent King, concern family and business affairs. There are also three letters, 1811-18, to member of the Rhodes family of Albemarle Co. and a business letter to William Snead of Lynchburg, regarding sale of his tobacco.
Description
125 items.
Cite as
King Family Papers, 1811-1890, Accession #6682, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Biographical Note
Lynchburg, Va., family including Captain William King of the Saltville Light Artillery.
Technical Details

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    a| The papers contain 52 letters, 1861-1864, from Confederate artillery captain William King of Lynchburg, Va., to his wife Annie K. Leftwich King. Subjects discussed include camp life around Manassas and Fairfax, Va.; the Battle of Bull Run; news from home; war rumors and news; activities as commander of a naval battery and later in Latham's battery; Union and Confederate troop movements and fortifications; transfer to Western theatre; affairs at the family saltworks including negotiations with the Confederate government and training a volunteer militia company; and re-entry into the artillery in the fall of 1864.
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    a| Among the specific topics are the death of Captain John Q. Marr in a June, 1861, skirmish at Fairfax Court House; Union prisoners; optimism concerning a Confederate victory and Southern peace; his wife's financial affairs; excellent dinners by their "springs trained" cook [Callahill?]; his manservant John; visits to camp by family and friends including Mary Minor Blackford; death of friends; family events and finances; the hiring out of slaves Alf and Nat and the sale of "infamous Elizabeth"; camp brawl after a whiskey ration; foraging; the Union reconnaissance balloon; hearing the cannon at Ball's Bluff; drunkeness of Generals Nathan Evans and James Longstreet; winter quarters; battle of Dranesville, Va,; doubts concerning aid from England; disapproval of the Confederate Conscription Act of 1862; investment in cotton and destruction of the Alabama crop; the firms of Charles Scott & Co. and Stuart, Buchanan & Co.; and Camp Lee in Richmond.
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    a| University of Virginia alumni Henry Gray Latham and General Samuel Garland, Jr., are mentioned, the former generally unfavorably. There are also references to Benjamin Blackford, Launcelot [Lanty] Minor Blackford, William Blackford, Little[berry?] Brown, James Chalmers, Churchwell Chenault, James Dearing, Frank Findlay, William J. Folkes, Samuel Lamkin, John S. [Jack] Langhorne, Lincoln Clark Leftwich, and Thomas Rutherfoord. There are also frequent brief mentions of Generals Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston, and several of Colonel Thomas Clairborne, General Earl Van Dorn, and General Philip St. George Cocke, whose abilities he doubts. There is also a reference to W. Alex Stuart, brother of J.E.B. Stuart, and saltworks manager, and one each to John Hunt Morgan and James L. Kemper.
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    a| With the letters is a hand drawn map of the area surrounding his 1861 camp, and a sketch of his quarters.
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    a| Two post war letters, 1884, describe family members visited on a business trip.
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    a| Letters, 1866-77, to King from his brother Dent King, concern family and business affairs. There are also three letters, 1811-18, to member of the Rhodes family of Albemarle Co. and a business letter to William Snead of Lynchburg, regarding sale of his tobacco.
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    a| King Family Papers, 1811-1890, Accession #6682, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
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    a| Lynchburg, Va., family including Captain William King of the Saltville Light Artillery.
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    a| Tanscripts of the Civil War letter by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards available with comments by Robert K. Krick.
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    a| Beauregard, G. T. q| (Gustave Toutant), d| 1818-1893.
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    a| Blackford, B. L. q| (Benjamin Lewis), d| 1835-1908.
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    a| Blackford, Launcelot Minor, d| 1837-1914.
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    a| Blackford, Mary Berkeley Minor, d| 1802-1896.
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    a| Blackford, W. W. q| (William Willis), d| 1831-1905.
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    a| Brown, Littleberry.
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    a| Chalmers, James, d| d. 1861.
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    a| Chenault, Churchwell, d| fl. 1861.
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    a| Claiborne, Thomas, d| 1823-1911.
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    a| Cocke, Philip St. George, d| 1809-1861.
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    a| Dearing, James, d| 1840-1865.
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    a| Evans, Nathan George, d| 1824-1868.
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    a| Findlay, Frank, d| fl. 1864.
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    a| Folkes, William J., d| fl. 1861.
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    a| Garland, Samuel, d| 1830-1862.
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    a| Johnston, Joseph E. q| (Joseph Eggleston), d| 1807-1891.
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    a| Kemper, James Lawson, d| 1823-1895.
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    a| Lamkin, Samuel L., d| fl. 1861.
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    a| Langhorne, John Scarsbrook, d| 1819-
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    a| Latham, Henry Grey, d| 1831-1903.
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    a| Leftwich, Lincoln Clark, d| 1833-1907.
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    a| Longstreet, James, d| 1821-1904.
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    a| Marr, John Quincy, d| d. 1861
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    a| Morgan, John Hunt, d| 1825-1864.
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    a| Rutherfoord, Thomas, d| fl. 1862.
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    a| Stuart, William Alexander, d| b. 1826.
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    a| Van Dorn, Earl, d| 1820-1863.
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    a| King family.
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    a| Rhodes family.
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    a| Confederate States of America. b| Army. b| Virginia Artillery.
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    a| Latham's battery.
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    a| Charles Scott & Co.
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    a| Stuart, Buchanan & Co.
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    a| University of Virginia x| Alumni and alumnae.
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    a| Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
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    a| Salt industry and trade z| Virginia x| History y| 19th century.
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    a| Slaves z| Virginia.
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    a| Tobacco industry z| Virginia.
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    a| Albemarle County (Va.) x| History
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    a| Dranesville (Va.) x| History y| Civil War, 1861=1865.
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    a| Lynchburg (Va.) x| History y| Civil War, 1861-1865.
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    a| Fairfax (Va.) x| History y| Civil War, 1861-1865.
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    a| United States x| History y| Civil War, 1861-1865 x| African Americans.
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    a| United States x| History y| Civil War, 1861-1865 v| Personal narratives, Confederate.
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    a| Edwards, Mary Roy Dawson, e| transcriber.
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    a| King, William, d| 1885, e| correspondent.
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    a| King, Annie K. Leftwich,dfl. 1861-1864, e| recipient.
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    a| King, Dent, e| correspondent.
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    a| Snead, William, e| correspondent.
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