Thomas W. Colley Collection,
Scope and Contents
The collection contains both material related to Thomas W. Colley's daily life in Abingdon, VA, and to Colley's service as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Materials include correspondence, financial documents, such as ledgers, receipts, and deeds, temperance society sermons, electoral cards, a Veteran's Meeting minute book, Civil War reminiscences, and a roll for the First Virginia Company D Volunteer Cavalry's wounded and dead for 1861. The majority of the collection dates from 1860 to 1920.
Much of the correspondence occurs between Thomas Colley and his extended family, except for Colley's business correspondence. The letters dating to the Civil War are typed transcriptions rather than the original. Later letters, however, that make reference to and reminisce about the Civil War are original.
- 1845-1947, 1986
- Majority of material found within 1845 - 1947
- Colley, Thomas W., 1837-1919 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Thomas W. Colley (1837-1919) served in the Confederate army during the American Civil War. He enlisted in May 1861 as a private in the 1st Virginia Cavalry, Company D (2nd), referred to also as the Washington Mounted Rifles, as this company hailed from Washington County, VA. Colley was wounded multiple times during the course of the war. Most seriously, at Kelly's Ford in 1863, he was shot near the stomach on the left side; the ball passed clean through his body and emerged near his spine. He recovered and returned to his division. He finished the war with the rank of 2nd Corporal. Thomas Colley's brother, William Lewis Colley, who appears in correspondence within the collection, also served in the same cavalry division. Following the war, Colley returned to Abingdon, VA and held the following positions for Washington County, VA: Deputy Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, and Overseer for the Poor. He died in 1919.
Driver, Robert J., Jr. 1st Virginia Cavalry. Lynchburg, VA: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1991.
1.3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)
The Thomas W. Colley Collection contains correspondence, financial documents, such as ledgers, receipts, and deeds, temperance society sermons, electoral cards, a Veteran's Meeting minute book, Civil War reminiscences, and a roll for the First Virginia Company D Volunteer Cavalry's wounded and dead for 1861. The majority of the collection dates from 1860 to 1920.
The collection is arranged into three series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Financial Documents; and Series 3: Subject Files. The folders within each series are organized in chronological order.
Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to Special Collections before 2003.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Thomas W. Colley Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Thomas W. Colley Collection was completed in October 2013.
- Thomas W. Colley Collection, 1845-1947, 1986
- Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
- 2014 (CC0 1.0)
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