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Collection Number: 05006-z

Collection Title: Thomas A. Nicholson Letters, 1861

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 5 items
Abstract Thomas A Nicholson joined the Stonewall Brigade (Company D of the 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment) at Winchester, Va., on 18 July 1861. After brief stays at Harper's Ferry, Va., and Manassas Hospital, he spent much of what is known of the rest of his military career at Camp Centerville, Va. He does not appear on the muster rolls for his unit after December 1861. The collection consists of five letters of Virginia Civil War soldier Thomas A. Nicholson to his mother and sister, May-November 1861, while Nicholson was serving in the Stonewall Brigade. The letters discuss various aspects of military life; Nicholson's stay in Manassas hospital; his desire to meet the Union Army in battle; and his unit's prospective move to winter quarters at Winchester, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley.
Creator Nicholson, Thomas A.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thomas A. Nicholson Letters #5006-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from the McGowan Book Company of Chapel Hill, N.C., in December 1999 (Acc. 98520).
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Thomas A. Nicholson joined the Confederate Army at Winchester, Va., on 18 July 1861. He served in the Stonewall Brigade (Company D, 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment). In September 1861, he spent time in Manassas Hospital with an ankle injury and complaints of weakness and chest pain. By the end of that month, he had rejoined his unit and was anxious to see combat. His letters originate from Camp Centerville, Va., and discuss the prospect that his unit was to be sent to winter quarters at Winchester, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley. Nicholson does not appear on the muster rolls for the Stonewall Brigade after December 1861.

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The collection consists of five letters of Virginia  Civil War soldier Thomas A. Nicholson to his mother and sister, May-November 1861, while Nicholson was serving in the Stonewall Brigade (Company D, 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment). The letters discuss various aspects of military life; Nicholson's stay in Manassas Hospital; his desire to meet the Union Army in battle; and his unit's prospective move to winter quarters at Winchester, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Contents list

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5 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Letters #05006-z, Series: "Letters, 1861. " Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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