Guide to the William Stoneman Family Letters, 1861

Summary Information

Title: William Stoneman Family Letters, 1861
Collection: AC.553
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

This collection is made up of three letters dated April 1861 to July 1861, from Cornelius Cain to Celia Stoneman, one from Stantford Stoneman to sister Celia, and one from Stantford to father William. They are good to delicate condition.

Creator: Stoneman family

Biographical/Historical Note

William Stoneman was the father of Stantford and Celia. Stantford served in the Confederate Army, 45th Infantry in 1861 and writes to his father on July 25, 1861 from his camp near Sweet Sulphur Springs in Monroe County, Virginia.
 
In Stantford's letter to Celia dated July 5, 1861, he spoke of a speech by General Floyd indicating a move to Cumberland in a few days.

The last letter is from Mr. Cornelius Cain of Dobson, Surry County, North Carolina to Celia, April 6, 1861. He doesn't seem to like his school and wants to come home to Virginia soon.

Stanford was born January 31, 1839 and died March 10, 1889 in Grayson County, Virginia. Celia was born about 1843 and married Jeremiah Cox in Carroll County, Virginia. Cornelius Cain was a student in Dobson, North Carolina but apparently lived near the Stonemans earlier.

Scope and Contents

William Stoneman was the father of Stantford and Celia. Stantford served in the Confederate Army, 45th Infantry in 1861 and writes to his father on July 25, 1861 about having measles along with several others in his camp near Sweet Sulphur Springs in Monroe County, Virginia. He also speaks about the army's raid on Union sympathizer's store, netting $300-400 worth of goods.

In Stantford's letter to Celia dated July 5, 1861, he spoke of a speech by General Floyd indicating a move to Cumberland in a few days. He had been to get "a bait of cherries, the best I ever saw, a new sort". He says the man who owns the cherries gave them to the camp of about 2000 men, and that they have plenty to eat, faring better than some others.

The last letter is from Mr. Cornelius Cain of Dobson, Surry County, North Carolina to Celia, April 6, 1861. He tells of a strict schoolmaster and going outside to "fly around some" and "frollich".

The letters are in good condition and very legible except for the penciled one.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

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

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, August 2001. Accession number is AC.2001.080.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.553: William Stoneman Family Letters, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Letters, 1861 ACSC_Box 16.18