Gabriel C. Wharton Correspondence
Scope and Content
This collection contains three letters addressed to General Wharton. The first letter, dated November 20, 1869, is from Motz & Company, a New York real estate firm, requesting information on a good location for a blast furnace. The letter alludes to Wharton's ownership of "a good iron property." The second letter, written by F. M. Farmer of Dunkard Bottom [Pulaski County, Virginia] on March 21, 1870, relates to the fees due Farmer from Wharton for the use of two mares. The final letter, dated January 1875, pertains to an open petition on some property in Blacksburg.
- 1869 - 1875
- Wharton, Gabriel C. (Gabriel Colvin), 1824-1906 (Collector, Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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Gabriel Colvin Wharton was born in Culpeper County, Virginia on July 23, 1824. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1847, Wharton became a civil engineer, working in Arizona and elsewhere. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Wharton was appointed a major within the 45th Virginia Infantry. Soon after, he was promoted to colonel, commanding the 51st Virginia Infantry. In July 1863, Wharton was promoted to brigadier general, commanding a brigade guarding southwestern Virginia railroads and participating in the battles of New Market and Cold Harbor, among others.
Wharton married Nannie Radford in 1863; following the war, the couple made their home in Radford, Virginia. Wharton resumed his civil engineering career and was instrumental in building a railroad in the New River Valley. He was a member on the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College's Board of Visitors from 1874 through 1877, serving as the Rector from 1875-1877. Gabriel Wharton died in Radford in 1906.
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The collection contains three post-Civil War letters addressed to former Confederate General Gabriel C. Wharton: one regarding potential locations for a blast furnace, one relating to fees for the use of two horses, and one about a petitition on some property in Blacksburg.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Source of Acquisition
The Gabriel C. Wharton Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 2008. An additional letter was donated in 2011.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Gabriel C. Wharton Correspondence 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 Gabriel C. Wharton Correspondence was completed in January 2009. Additional description was completed in July 2017.
- Gabriel C. Wharton Correspondence, 1869-1875
- John M. Jackson, Archivist
- 2009 (CC0 1.0)
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