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Collection Number: 01828

Collection Title: Edward Payson Reeve Papers, 1852-1948

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Size About 500 items.
Abstract Edward Payson Reeve (1832-1898) of Richmond, Va., was a captain in the 1st Viriginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and a druggist after the war. He married Hester Goodall in May 1861. MICROFILM ONLY. The collection consists chiefly of Civil War and postwar correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as a captain in the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment and as president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division. Wartime letters discuss camp life, including religious activities, military actions, and his imprisonment in April 1865. Also included are Reeve's reminiscences and a family history.
Creator Reeve, Edward Payson, 1832-1898.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Edward Payson Reeve Papers, #1828, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Lent for microfilming by John Goodall Bruce of Bluefield, W.Va., the grandson of Edward Payson Reeve, in 1972.
Location of Originals
Manuscripts in private hands at time of original microfilming in 1951.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Edward Payson Reeve (1832-1898) of Richmond, Va., was a captain in the 1st Viriginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and a druggist after the war. He married Hester Goodall in May 1861.

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MICROFILM ONLY. The collection consists chiefly of Civil War and postwar correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as a captain in the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment and as president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division. Wartime letters discuss camp life, including religious activities, military actions, and his imprisonment in April 1865. Also included are Reeve's reminiscences and a family history.

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Contents list

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About 500 items on one reel of microfilm.

The following contents list is adapted from an inventory made at the time of microfilming.

Reel M-1828/1

Edward Payson Reeve papers #01828, Series: "Edward Payson Reeve Papers, 1852-1948." Reel M-1828/1

Three variations of a biographical outline.

Photograph of Edward Payson Reeve.

Civil War reminiscences of Edward Payson Reeve, including fighting in Virginia and his experiences in battle and in prison (typescript, 27 pages).

"The Reeve Family of Southold, L.I., N.Y., and Virginia" compiled by John G. Bruce of Bluefield, W.Va., 1941, containing a genealogy, copies of wills and other documents, and family history information (typescript, 22 pages).

1852, 1854: A letter to Edward Payson Reeve from a friend named Dutch, a bill, and a bank note.

1860 (5 items): Letters to Hester Goodall at Mount Athos, Campbell County, Va., from Edward Payson Reeve in Richmond with news of friends, sermons, and illnesses, and an account of the performance of Blind Tom, a ten-year-old African American singer and musician.

1861 (36 items): Letters to Hester from Edward Payson Reeve to whom she was married in May. The letters were written from Confeerate Army camps in the vicinity of Fairfax, Manassas, and Centreville, and are concerned with daily events in camp, battles, questions about Hester's wefare, and religious activities among the soldiers. Also among these letters are one from Hester's pastor, George Woodbridge, and one from Edward Payson Reeve's brother John.

9 August Description of a cavalry charge and a visit from Prince Napoleon.
19 November Description of duties and comforts of Edward Payson Reeve's life in camp.

1862 (28 items): Letters from Edward Payson Reeve from Centreville, Orange Court House, Yorktown vicinity, Culpeper, and Fredericksburg. There are also several letters from Hester to Edward Payson Reeve. In the spring, Edward Payson Reeve wrote brief notes while on the move. In April, there is mention of the death of Edward Payson Reeve's brother, John W. Reeve. There was evidently a short term of captivity during the summer and a wound in late summer or early fall. Virginia records of 1914 indicate that Edward Payson Reeve was wounded at Williamsburg on 5 May and at Second Manassas on 31 August. Edward Payson Reeve's letters contain comments on conscription laws, his personal plans in regard to the Army, much about the "mud and misery," an exchange of prisoners, etc. Included is a photograph of Lincoln's autograph dated 20 October.

3 January Mentions Byrd, the Reeve baby girl, and other home matters.
8 January Includes Edward Payson Reeve's commission as second lieutenant in the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment from 6 November 1861.
11 January Discusses the building of winter quarters.
21 January Characterizaton of General Ewell.

1863 (30 items): Letters from Suffolk, Taylorsville, and other Virginia locations, and, on 28 June, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a gap in the letters from 28 June to 30 August. Edward Payson Reeve was wounded at Gettyburg and was promoted to captain in July. There is another gap between 30 August and 16 September (Chaffin's Bluff).

21 April Near Suffolk, lines so close to the enemy that they converge.
1 June Hanover, visits from ladies, a dusty review, interest in religious meetings.
22 June Description of the fording of the Shenandoah, the country around, admiration for General Lee.
28 June Near Chambersburg, the march through Maryland.
October, November, December Letters are from camp near Taylorsville where the men were in winter quarters. Edward Payson Reeve wrote of eating, visiting in the neighborhood, and daily life.

1864 (31 items): Letters from Edward Payson Reeve from Goldsboro and Kinston, N.C., in the winter; then in the James River region in spring and summer; and in winter quarters evidently not far from Richmond. The letters tell of marches, picket duty, anxiety about his family, Bible classes in camp, the building of winter quarters.

1 October Draft in Robert E. Lee's handwriting of a note to General Grant about exchanging prisoners. This item was sent to Hester as a special treasure. It is the same item about which John G. Bruce had some corresopndence in 1934.
12 October Edward Payson Reeve's request for leave.

1865 (January-March): Letters from winter quarters continued. Reed was captured at Sailors Creek on 6 April.

7 June From Sandusky, Edward Payson Reeve to his mother in Washington, askng her help in effecting his release and two other papers relating to his release.

1868-1869: Merchant's bill, summons in connection with a debt, and letter of transfer from the Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond to the Presbyterian Church in Scottsville.

1875-1879 (19 items): Scattered business papers and family letters of Edward Payson Reeve and J.P. Duval of Richmond about selling his Herndon farm and correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve about the Loudoun County farm (Goodall property). These real estate deals were handled by B. Caywood of Washington, D.C. In 1879, there is a letter to Hester from her cousin Lutie Shield.

1881: Letters from the Reeve children to their parents.

1883: Promissory note dating from 1869.

1887-1888 (277 items): Correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as secretary and president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division and as a committee member in other veterans' organizations. The letters are concerned with reunions; the gathering of accurate lists of personnel and circularizing of same for contributions for a monument; arrangements for the dedicating ceremonies in connection with the monument "to the dead of Pickett's Division" at Richmond, 5-6 October 1888, at which Philadelphia Brigade Association members were special guests of the Pickett Camp. There are also some letters from the Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Conn., and two 1887 family letters: one from Byrd Reeve to Robert E. Bruce and one from Edward Payson Reeve's mother.

1889: Continued correspondence about money-raising efforts for the monument and other Confederate veterans' affairs. Presentation of a United States flag by the Philadelphia Brigade Association to the G.E. Pickett Camp, of which Edward Payson Reeve was commander.

After 1889, there are only scattered items concerning Edward Payson Reeve's personal and veterans affairs.

1898: Clippings and memorial resolutions relating to Edward Payson Reeve's death.

A few scattered Bruce, Reeve, and Duvall family letters.

1914: Copy of Edward Payson Reeve's Confederate military record from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Confederate Military Records, Richmond, Va.

Later papers are letters of John Goodall Bruce, son of Byrd Reeve Bruce, about historical and family matters. After the last 1948 item, there is a small group of undated items and fragments.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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