William H. Barron Letter
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a post-Civil War letter written by Private William H. Barron, of the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Dated May 27, 1865, from Richmond, Virginia, Barron's letter describes his hope for a discharge from service, and the great boredom in camp following the cessation of combat. He also writes of seeing the northern soldiers--including his former comrades in the 6th Vermont Infantry--returning home and of several visits he has made to nearby battlefields, including Fair Oaks and Seven Pines, where he "spent the night at a Negros [sic] Shanty on the Battle ground." He notes that Jefferson Davis has been captured and expresses hope that the former Confederate president will be hanged, then discusses the recent arrival of Virginia Governor Francis Pierpont in the city. The letter is accompanied by a typed transcript.
- Barron, William H. (Person)
Language of Materials
The material in the collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to research.
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During the Civil War, William H. Barron served as a private in the 6th Vermont Infantry, and later, in the U. S. Army Signal Corps. The 1870 census records a 29-year-old Vermont-born railroad clerk named William H. Barren living in Keene (Cheshire County), New Hampshire. No further record could be found.
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The collection contains a Post-Civil War letter written by Private William H. Barron of the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Letter written from Richmond, Virginia to friend, describing visits to local battlefields, boredom in camp, watching the soldiers return to their homes in the North, his hope that Jefferson Davis will hang, and the arrival of Governor Pierpont in Richmond.
Source of Acquisition
The William H. Barron Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the William H. Barron Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing description of the William H. Barron Letter commenced and was completed in June 2010.
- A Guide to the William H. Barron Letter, 1865
- John M. Jackson
- 2010 (CC0 1.0)
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