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Charles W. Sleeper Letter,

Identifier: Ms-2012-009

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a letter from Union soldier Charles W. Sleeper, a private and later Quartermaster Sergeant with the Massachusetts 7th Light Artillery, written to his cousin on August 24, 1862, from Yorktown, Va. The letter includes detailed discussion of the Confederate defenses in the area, miserable conditions at the Yorktown camp, the prevalence of illness among the soldiers, and other details of the Yorktown area, including mentions of Revolutionary War sites.

Sleeper writes, “Out of the 130 men in our co., there are now 56 on the sick list. ... I can bear to see the poor fellows brought in that have been shot, but the slow lingering work of disease still has its untold horrors" and "The roads are all of them badly cut up, and innumerable mules and horses are lying by the sides with the turkey buzzards hovering over them or gorging themselves upon the filthy messes."


  • 1862


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Charles W. Sleeper Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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The collection includes a letter from Charles W. Sleeper, private and later Quartermaster Sergeant with the 7th Independent Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery, to his cousin, written from Yorktown, August 24, 1862.

Acquisition Information

Collections was purchased by Special Collections in February 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Charles W. Sleeper Letter was completed in May 2012.

A Guide to the Charles W. Sleeper Letter, 1862
Cliff Bryant, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2012 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