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Hannibal A. Johnson Letters

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1990-058

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two letters from Hannibal A. Johnson to his friend, Samuel, written from Camp Fessenden, Alexandria, Virginia, in August and September 1861. Johnson's letters include descriptions of his experiences concealing himself in a cornfield to evade Rebel troops, meeting with General Jeb Stuart's cavalry in a skirmish at Chain Bridge, and how men were detailed to cut down trees between the fort and the enemy.

Dates

  • 1861

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Permission to publish material from Hannibal A. Johnson Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Information

Hannibal Augustus Johnson was born on June 4, 1841, to Mark and Sarah (Simmons) Johnson, in Hallowell, Maine. Before the Civil War, Johnson worked in a dry-goods store. He enlisted with Company B, 3rd Maine Volunteer Infantry in April 1861. By 1864, he was a lieutenant with the company. During the war, he was captured at Gettysburg and spent seven weeks at Belle Island prison camp near Richmond, Virginia. He was captured again the Battle of the Wilderness, confined at several prisons, and escaped in November 1864. He returned to his regiment, mustered out, and reenlisted with the 1st Maine Battalion in April 1865. In 1866, he mustered out again, and returned to the business world. In 1868, he married Emma Watts Lombard. They had one son, Walter. Johnson died in Lynn, Massacusetts, on July 3, 1913.

Further biographical information can be found online.

Johnson was the author of The Sword of Honor: A Story of the Civil War, available online at https://archive.org/details/swordofhonorstor01john. The book details his experience during the war.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection contains two letters from Hannibal A. Johnson to his friend, Samuel, written from Camp Fessenden, Alexandria, Virginia, in August and September 1861.

Source of Acquisition

The Hannibal A. Johnson Letters were acquired by Special Collections in 1990.

Related Archival Materials

The Hannibal A. Johnson Letters is related to the Hannibal A. Johnson Letter (Ms2019-032).

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Hannibal A. Johnson Letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

Initial processing and description of the Hannibal A. Johnson Letters was completed in 1990. Additional description was completed in December 2014.

Title
Hannibal A. Johnson Letters, 1861
Status
Completed
Author
Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
Date
2014 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-10: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308