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Henry Kyd Douglas Letter, 1871 (Ms2010-023)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2010-023


  • 1871


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Henry Kyd Douglas Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Information

Henry Kyd Douglas, son of Rev. Robert and Mary Robertson Douglas, was born near Shepherdstown, (West) Virginia on September 29, 1838. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1858, then attended law school in Lexington, Virginia. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Douglas was a practicing attorney in St. Louis. He returned to Virginia to join the Confederate Army and enlisted as a private in Company B of the 2nd Virginia Infantry. Rising through the ranks, Douglas eventually earned an officer's commission and was appointed to a position on the staff of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Following Jackson's death in May 1863, Douglas served successively on the staffs of Confederate generals Edward Johnson, John B. Gordon, Jubal Early, John Pegram and James Walker. Douglas was seriously wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and was held prisoner for nine months at Johnson's Island. In 1865, he was exchanged and appointed commander of the Light Brigade, a position he held through the end of the war. Following the war, Douglas established a law practice in Winchester, Virginia, but soon moved to Hagerstown, Maryland and in 1891 was appointed a circuit court judge. He died in 1903 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His wartime experiences were chronicled in the book I Rode with Stonewall, published in 1940.

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Acquisition Information

The Henry Kyd Douglas Letter was found by Special Collections staff in March 2010, in a book that was among a collection donated to Special Collections in 2001.

General Physical Description note

1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.


: Letter from Henry Kyd Douglas, Hagerstown, Maryland attorney and former Confederate staff officer, to William P. Maulsby, of Frederick, Maryland, regarding the case of Fiery et al v. Emmert et al.


This collection consists of a letter written by Henry Kyd Douglas, a Hagerstown, Maryland attorney and former Confederate staff officer, to William P. Maulsby of Frederick, Maryland. Douglas writes of the case of Fiery et al v. Emmert et al, a suit between two groups of stockholders in the Antietam Manufacturing Company, in which Maulsby has been named a defendant. Douglas explains that an appeal filed by the plaintiffs will soon be heard by the court of appeals. He doubts that the court will overturn an earlier decision but requests Maulsby's assistance in preparing his brief.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Henry Kyd Douglas Letter commenced and was completed in May 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US