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Pamplin Historical Park and the Museum of the Civil War Soldier is proud to have among our collection of artifacts and images, a large archive of documents dating from the 18th to 20th Centuries – including the famed Wiley Sword Collection which was donated in 2015. Many of those documents are too delicate for display, so to advance our mission of education and preservation we are making digital versions of these invaluable resources available to the public for use and research.

We cannot escape history… The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.

Abraham Lincoln

Antebellum

Documents dating to before the civil war; including civilian, Seminole Wars, and Mexican-American War documents.

Civil War

Personal letters of soldiers and civilians, general orders, staff endorsements, etc.

Postbellum

Memoirs of soldiers and survivors, letters from their descendants, and recollections of reconstruction.


This one page letter is neatly written in blue ink by a different handwriting than August Willich’s signature (in black), suggesting that the Prussian born Willich dictated the letter to a correspondent or family member, possibly due to a difficulty in composing English. The letter was cut into three sections, evidently for posting to a specific column, as the sections are separated per each of the three column markings.

Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was not present at the Battle of Chattanooga in November, 1863, and his reputation for distorting the truth suggests a political motive for his article in the Cincinnati Commercial.

Image Requests

High resolution scans of the full documents featured on this website are available for a small fee. If you are interested in a digital copy of of a document, please download and review our Image Request Policies & Fees, and then fill out and submit an Image Request Information Form.

Research

Did you know that Pamplin Historical Park also hosts a Civil War Research Library? We have over 3,000 titles and periodicals to browse through. The Library is open for use but you must make an appointment. Call or click the link below to make an appointment!

(804) 861-2408 x 306

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Visit Us

The Archives are not open to the public, however we’d love for you to come visit us at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Check out our hours of operation, calendar of events, and admissions rates at our official website:

pamplinpark.org

6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803

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