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William R. Altizer Letter,

Identifier: Ms-2011-099

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letter from William R. Altizer to Governor Letcher, August 22, 1862. Altizer wrote to Letcher for permission "to do the Blacksmithing in [his] kneighborhood at the request of its sitazans." A note on the verso side indicates the request was forwarded to Major General John Floyd.


  • 1862


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from William R. Altizer Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

William R. Altizer was born about 1826 in Virginia. He married Nancy Epperly (1831-1916) in 1852 and seems to have spent most of his life farming in Montgomery and Floyd Counties. Together, they had six children: Henry A. (b. 1952); Margaret A. (1855-1898?), who later married Tazwell Walters; Daniel M. (1865-1926), who later married a woman named Cordelia; Rufus T. (b. abt. 1860-1941), who married Lula Tice; Jesse (b. abt. 1861); and William H. (1863-1870).

In April 1862, William and his brother Riley enlisted with Company D, 63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry. Although Altizer requested to be detailed as a blacksmith for his home town, records suggest his request was denied. He died from disease and was buried in Atlanta, December 1863.

  • Weaver, Jeffrey C. 63rd Virginia Infantry. H. E. Howard, Inc.: Lynchburg, Va., 1991.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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The collection includes a letter by William Altizer to Virginia Governor Letcher in 1862, requesting to be detailed as a blacksmith in his home town.


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Acquisition Information

Special Collections purchased the William R. Altizer Letter in September 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the William R. Altizer Letter was completed in October 2011.

William R. Altizer Letter, 1862
Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2011 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US