Guide to the Collection on Thomas W. Colley, 22 February 1916

Summary Information

Title: Collection on Thomas W. Colley, 22 February 1916
Collection: AC.1111
Extent: 1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The collection consists of photocopies of materials outlining the Civil War service of the members of the First Virginia Cavalry, Company D. Included are: a handwritten copy of the war record of Corporal Thomas W. Colley, a roster with short biographies of men who served with the unit compiled by Colley, and copies of applications by veterans for the Confederate States of America, Roll of Honor.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas W. Colley (1837-1919) enlisted at age 24, April 1861, and was wounded several times during the conflict. After the war, Colley returned to his home in Washington County, Virginia, where he served as Deputy Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, and Overseer of the Poor. Company D of the First Virginia Cavalry, was organized in Abingdon, Virginia, April 1861 as the "Washington Mounted Rifles" by Captain William E. Jones. Jones, nicknamed "Grumble" for his gruff personality, later commanded the regiment before being promoted to General. Attached to the Army of Northern Virginia, the First Virginia participated in the engagements of First Manassas, Gainesvillle, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredricksburg, Kelley's Ford, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Spotsylvania, Bethesda Church, and Cold Harbor. Towards the close of the war, the unit was involved in Jubal Early's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the defense of Petersburg, and the Appomattox Campaign.

For more information on the service of the First Virginia Cavalry see: Robert Driver, Jr., 1st Virginia Cavalry. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1991. A collection of Colley's wartime correspondence is held in the Special Collections at Virginia Tech.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of copies of Thomas W. Colley's biography and war record as recorded by William A. Hill of the United Confederate Veterans. The roster and honor roll are scans of the original documents.


The collection is arranged in the order the materials were organized within the binder they were received in. The war record of Thomas W. Colley is placed at the front of the collection followed by the company roster and Roll of Honor applications.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, November 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, November 2016.

Preferred Citation

[Indentification of item], AC.1111: Collection on Thomas W. Colley, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608.

Container List

  Box Folder

Thomas W. Colley, First Virginia Cavalry, Short biography and war record by William A. Hill, Commander, Chichester Camp, United Confederate Veterans, undated

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Company D, First Virginia Cavalry Roster, Compiled by Corporal Thomas W. Colley, February 22, 1916

1 2

Confederate States of America, Roll of Honor, Applications by members of Company D, First Virginia Cavalry, 1912

1 3