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Willam H. Yeaman Papers, 1862-1863 (Ms2010-034)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2010-034


  • 1862-1863, n.d.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the William H. Yeaman Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Information

William H. Yeaman was a private in Company A led by Captain David Townes, 38th Virginia Infantry led by Colonel Isaac Carrington of Pittsylvania Court House, Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, Army of Northern Virginia. Wounded at Seven Pines and died at Gettysburg in 1863.

His brother was Thomas B. Yeaman of Ringgold, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; his father was John Yeaman of the same town.

See page 43-52 of War Recollections of the Confederate Veterans of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1861-1865 in Special Collections for an account of the experience of Yeaman's peers during the battle in which he died.

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

The William H. Yeaman Papers were purchased by Special Collections in March 2010.

General Physical Description note

1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.


Fifteen letters from William H. Yeaman, Company A, 38th Virginia Infantry, Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, Army of Northern Virginia, to his father and brother at home. Primarily contains battle description, depictions of soldier life, and inquiries of home life.


A majority of the letters are accompanied by the original envelope. Letters contain battle description and depictions of soldier life.

May 30, 1863: Thanks his brother for sending him a fish hook for both practicality and to pass the boredom of camp life.

Yeaman mentions "Cousin Jim" several times in letters, who is apparently in camp with him.

The collection also includes four photographs: One of Pearl Yeaman. Two of T.B. Yeaman [likely the brother] of Keysville, VA, with one "after he shaved off long beard" and one "before he cut his beard." One of E.T Yeaman "before he married." The pictures are not dated.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William H. Yeaman Papers commenced and was completed in June 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