Guide to the John Echols Family Papers, December 15, 1870

Summary Information

Title: John Echols Family Papers, December 15, 1870
Collection: AC.599
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a wedding invitation from General and Mrs. John Echols to attend the wedding of their daughter Harriette to M. (Michael) Erskine Miller on December 15, 1870. The accompanying envelope is addressed to Mr. B.G. Dunlot and Family of Union, West Virginia.

Creator: Echols family

Biographical/Historical Note

John Echols was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on March 20, 1823. After graduating from Washington College in Virginia, he studied law at Harvard, and was admitted to the bar. He served as commonwealth attorney, and as a Virginia state legislator.

Echols took part in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, and was seriously wounded at Kernstown in March of 1862. On April 16, while recuperating, he was commissioned a brigadier general. He took over a brigade in the Army of Western Virginia, then became commander of the Army of Southwest Virginia. After the Civil War, Echols went back to his legal practice. He became a wealthy lawyer and businessman, involved in banking and railroads. Echols died on May 24, 1896, in Staunton, Virginia.

Harriette Echols Miller was born January 31, 1847 and died May 9, 1899. Her tombstone states she was the wife of Michael Erskine Miller b. February 10, 1843 d. June 6, 1887.

Scope and Contents

This is a 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 (when folded) wedding invitation and accompanying envelope. It is from General and Mrs. John Echols inviting Mr. B.G. Dunlap and Family of Union, West Virginia to the wedding of their daughter Harriette to M. Erskine Miller at Trinity Church, Staunton, Virginia on December 15 (1870) at 8 pm. There is an embossed M on both pieces.


There is no formal arrangement of this collection.

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 June 19, 2001. Accession number AC.2003.010

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.599: John Echols Family Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, December 15, 1870 ACSC_Box 18, Folder 7