The Resource Burruss collection

Burruss collection

Burruss collection, 1786-1912;
Burruss collection
Inclusive dates
Contains over 200 items, the bulk of which is in Series I and consists of Civil War correspondence between Reuben A. Scott and his fiancee/wife Mary Catherine Saufley (known as Mollie). Scott's letters describe camp life, preparation for battles, and his assignment to search out and arrest deserters; Mollie's letters center on family news. A few documents relevant to the correspondence are also included (ex. copies of Scott's muster rolls). Series II contains miscellaneous letters (mostly from the 1850's & 1860's) from members of the Whitmer, Ewing, Brown, Graham, Scott and Saufley families, including letters from R.A. Scott and M.C. Saufley to relatives. Also filed here are various miscellaneous documents (ex. Scott's will and obituary). Series III contains M.C. Saufley's daybook and a pamphlet, "The Soldier's mission in the crisis of 1861," and originals of clippings photocopied and placed with the letters they accompanied. Series IV consists of photographs, four cased and one mounted (three of R.A. Scott, one of Mollie); series V contains letter envelopes
Biographical or historical data
Reuben A. Scott, a Confederate soldier (private, Company B, 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry), was wounded at Chancellorsville and taken prisoner at Port Republic, Va. After the war he settled at Port Republic, becoming a successful farmer. His wife, Mollie, was well educated for her day.
Cataloging source
Burruss collection
  • Also referred to as: the Margaret B. Burruss collection
  • Transcripts to the Civil War letters (Series I, folders 1-6) are also available in the Special Collection's reading room
Series I. Correspondence (Folders 1-6); Series II. Family letters (Folders 7-9); Series III. Miscellaneous (Folder 10); Series IV. Photographs (Folder 11); Series V. Envelopes (Folder 12); Transcripts to Series I.; Bible (Hanna family)
Control code
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
3 Hollinger boxes: Box 1 (Series I-V); Box 1A (Transcripts); Box 2 (Bible)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Donated to the Library in July 1990 by Mrs. Margaret B. Burruss, a great granddaughter of R.A. and M.C. Scott.

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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