The Resource Ashby letters

Ashby letters

Label
Ashby letters, 1852-1863
Title
Ashby letters
Inclusive dates
1852-1863
Title variation
  • Turner Ashby letters
  • Turner Ashby letter collection
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The bulk of this collection consists of letters comprising of correspondence between relatives of Turner Ashby including his mother, Dorothea F. Ashby, his sisers, Mary and Dora (both later married to Moncures); cousins; and friends of the family. Two letters are from Turner Ashby to family members. Letters from home describe rural life, both before and during the Civil War, slaves (referred to as servants); family and social life (weddings, bachelor dinners, parties); home life conditions during the war; a Yankee raid, sicknesses); weather, bad road conditions, etc. Letters from the front and others from family members record/mention camp life, various skirmishes and battles including the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run); and mention of Turner Ashby's death and place where he fell near Harrisonburg, Va. The petition letter is signed by a group of ladies from "Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va." to "Lt. Col. Ashby" requesting protection from the enemy. The portraits are of Turner Ashby as an adult
Related
Biographical or historical data
Turner Ashby was a Confederate Civil War cavalry officer and associate of Stonewall Jackson who spent most of his time engaged in various skirmishes in and around the Shenandoah Valley of Va.
Cataloging source
VMC
Label
Ashby letters
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/ashby.aspx
Note
Also known as the Turner Ashby letter collection; Turner Ashby collection
Arrangement
28 letters, a petition, and two portrait photographs of Turner Ashby. Organized by type of material: Folder 1 (dated letters, in chronological order); folder 2 (undated letters); folder 3: photographs.
Control code
38464937
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
Extent
1 Hollinger box (3 folders; 32 items, including two photographs)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Ownership
On deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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