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William H. Barron Letter

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2010-042

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.

Dates

  • 1865

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

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.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

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/).

Processing Information

The processing description of the William H. Barron Letter commenced and was completed in June 2010.

Title
A Guide to the William H. Barron Letter, 1865
Status
Completed
Author
John M. Jackson
Date
2010 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021-01-12: 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