Charles City County, Virginia, Records Stolen by Union Soldier During Civil War have Now been Returned

Charles City is among about 20 Virginia counties whose records were destroyed or pillaged during the war. Charles City County records that were taken by a Union soldier during the Civil War have been returned, closing part of a gap in wills, marriages, indentures and other court filings from the 1600s.

The records disappeared in August 1862, during the Peninsula Campaign. On Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., local and state officials will celebrate their return on the 154th anniversary of their disappearance.

Details are available in an article by Katherine Calos in the Richmond Times-Dispatch at

3 Comments August 3, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for this one. Katherine Banks (Royall) ( Isham), mentioned in the article, was my ancestor as well as Thomas Jefferson’s. Janel Crutchfield Howell in Texas


I would love to connect with Kathern Banks Royall.


Is there anyway I might be able to connect with Katherine Banks Royall? Thank you.


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