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Willam H. Yeaman Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2010-034

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1862-1863, n.d.

Creator

Language of Materials

The material in the collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

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.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection contains 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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William H. Yeaman Papers commenced and was completed in June 2010.

Title
A Guide to the William H. Yeaman Papers, 1862-1863, n.d.
Status
Completed
Author
Josh Howard
Date
2010 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-12-17: 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