Civil War documents Tucked Away in Shoeboxes Across Virginia have been Digitized and Placed Online

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission funded the State Library to send two archivists around the state with digital scanners, making high-resolution copies of documents brought by residents. They roamed Virginia between 2010 and 2015. The archivists traveled the state in an “Antiques Roadshow” style campaign to unearth the past. Organizers had thought the effort might produce a few hundred new items. They were a little off. It flushed out more than 33,000 pages of letters, diaries, documents and photographs that the library scanned and has made available for study online. The originals were all returned to the owners.

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Best of all, the documents are available online and can be searched at http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/cw150.

My thanks to the several newsletter readers who sent me links to this article.

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This sesquicentennial collection was open to anyone, not just Virginians. I’m a Pennsylvanian and live in California, but was able to submit my transcription of 26 letters between Aug 1862 and May/Jun 1863 regarding my 2nd-great-Grandfather Cornelius Richmond (b. 1818 New Jersey), a Philadelphian in Co F of the 119th PA Vol Reg, who was M.I.A. 3 May 1863 at Salem Church in the Battle of Chancellorsville. The transcription, a pdf file, is found at

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This is a wonderful collection; thanks to all involved for making it available.

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