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Fortress Monroe, Virginia letter photocopy

 Collection — Folder: S2686
Identifier: S2686

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of a letter from an unknown person in Virginia dated December 1, 1861 describing the regiment's forced evacuation of their camp on Cape Hatteras, November 8-9, 1861 by floodwaters.

Dates

  • 1861

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Fort Monroe is a military installation located in Hampton Roads, Virginia, on the Peninsula overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. It was the only federal military installation in the Upper South to remain under United States control throughout the American Civil War (1861–1865). Early in the war, the fort became an outpost of freedom within the Confederacy when Union commanders used it to house refugee slaves. The fort also headquartered the Union Department of Virginia and North Carolina, and several significant military campaigns and combined operations were launched from the installation. Most notably, it served as the staging area for Union major general George B. McClellan's ill-fated Peninsula Campaign of 1862. After the war, the fort served as a destination for another brand of fugitive. Following his capture in May 1865 until his bail bond was accepted two years later, Confederate president Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at Fort Monroe.

Source:

Jordan, Matthew Brian. "Fort Monroe During the Civil War". Encyclopedia Virginia. Created July 29, 2009. Last updated October 27, 2015. Accessed July 18, 2016. http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/fort_monroe_during_the_civil_war

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement

This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Miami County Historical Society on 1965/11.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/05 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/05 by Lauren Patton.
Title
Fortress Monroe, Virginia letter photocopy
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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