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L. Baugh Letter

Identifier: Ms-2008-091

Scope and Content

The L. Baugh Letter is a handwritten missive from a landowner in Abingdon, Virginia, written during the American Civil War. In this letter, Baugh informs Mr. J. G. Wood of Estillville, Virginia, that his property is for sale, not for rent. Baugh suggests Wood trade with the man authorized to contract the sale in order to purchase the home.


  • 1863


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical Note

L. Baugh was likely Leonidas Baugh, the editor of the Abingdon Democrat from 1849 to 1853. In 1853 Leonidas became the postmaster of Abingdon and eventually the deputy clerk of the Washington County Court. Leonidas was active in politics and even corresponded with the then governor of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson.

External Source: Leonidas Baugh Papers, Accession 38-104, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library,


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The collection contains a handwritten letter of 1863 from L. Baugh of Abingdon, Virginia, discussing the sale of a property. The recipient of the letter, Mr. J. G. Wood, wishes to rent, not buy, Baugh's property.

Source of Acquisition

The L. Baugh Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 1996.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the L. Baugh Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing and description of the L. Baugh Letter commenced and was completed in November 2008.

L. Baugh Letter, 1863
Emily Cook, Student Assistant
2008 (CC0 1.0)
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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