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Isaac Cox Letter,

Identifier: Ms-2012-071

Scope and Content

The collection consists a letter from Isaac Cox to his wife (probably in Saltville), written in Tazewell County, Virginia, June 29, 1862. Cox writes of marching to Princeton (West Virginia) and back in recent days, as well as news of "Bill." The paper on which the letter was composed includes detailed cutouts in a folk art style and came to Special Collections backed on blue cloth.


  • 1862


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Isaac Cox Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Isaac C. Cox (1843-1925) enlisted as private in the 29th Virginia at Saltville, Va., on April 3, 1862. He was promoted corporal during the war. The 29th fought primarily in Western Virginia and Kentucky during their service until they joined the Army of Northern Virginia at Cold Harbor and Bermuda Hundred in May 1864. He and his wife, Charlotte Newman Cox (1834-1911), lived in Carroll County, Virginia after the war. They had five children, two of whom where born during the war. The couple are now buried in Newman Cemetery, Riverhill, Virginia.


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The collection includes a letter from Isaac Cox, 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, dated June 29, 1862. A private, and later corporal, Cox writes to his wife about recent regiment activities and travels. The letter was written on paper decorated with cut out designs.

Acquisition Information

The Isaac Cox Letter was purchased by Special Collections in September 2012.

Alternative Form Available

This letter has been digitized and transcribed. The digital copy and transcription are available online.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Joyce Rothschild and Terance D. Miethe Whistleblowing Research Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Isaac Cox Letter was completed in November 2012.

Isaac Cox Letter, 1862
Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2012 Virginia Tech. 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