William F. Graves Collection
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials relating to William F. Graves, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia and a Confederate major in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry during the American Civil War. The collection contains biographical sketches of Graves and the typescript text of a speech made by Graves at the unveiling of the Bedford Confederate monument. The typescript text of another Confederate memorial speech is also included as is the handwritten text of a third, similar speech attributed to Graves. Also within the collection is a typescript roster for Company F of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry (also known as the Bedford Southside Dragoons), including notes on wounds, deaths, captures, and desertions. The collection also contains a single sheet of genealogical information on the family of Docie Johnson Garrett Wells.
- 1911-1914, n.d.
- Graves, William F., 1832-1923 (Person)
Language of Materials
The material in the collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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William F. Graves, the son of Peyton Graves, was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on September 29, 1832. A few years after the death of his father, Graves moved with his family to Bedford County, Virginia, where he became a farmer. In 1858, he married Mary J. Johnson; the couple would have 11 children. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Graves enlisted as a Confederate sergeant in Company F of the Second Virginia Cavalry. In August 1861, he was promoted to lieutenant, and soon thereafter elected company captain. Later, he was promoted to major; and just before war's end, to lieutenant colonel. Following the war, Graves returned to Bedford County and resumed farming and milling. In 1871, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and continued to serve through five consecutive terms. In later years he would serve as mayor of Vinton, Virginia. He died on July 3, 1923.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
The collection contians materials, including biographical sketches and speech texts, relating to William F. Graves, native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Confederate major in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry during the American Civil War.
The collection is arranged by document type.
Source of Acquisition
The William F. Graves Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2000.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the William F. Graves 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 William F. Graves Collection commenced and was completed in June 2010.
- William F. Graves Collection, 1911-1914, n.d.
- John M. Jackson, Archivist
- 2010 (CC0 1.0)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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