W.H. Adams reminiscences, 1861-1865

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Adams, W. H.
Title: W.H. Adams reminiscences, 1861-1865
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 465
Extent: 1 microfilm reel (MF)
Abstract:Microfilm copy of the Civil War reminiscences written in verse by W.H. Adams of Loudoun County, Virginia, who served in the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Loaned for microfilming, 1965.


[after identification of item(s)], W.H. Adams reminiscences, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by MRD, 1965.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

W. H. Adams was a private in the Confederate States of America Army, Virginia Infantry Regiment, 8th, Company D during the Civil War and participated in battles from First Manassas through Appomattox. He lived in or near the Waunkopin Valley in Loudoun County, Virginia. He joined the Champe Rifles (recruited from Middleburg and Aldie) and went with that outfit to Leesburg to become part of the 8th Regiment. There they went into camp and drilled, each of the companies numbering about eighty men, but had no actual practice with guns until their participation at Manassas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a microfilm copy of two manuscript volumes of reminiscences of W.H. Adams from 1861-1865, each volume containing approximately 50 written pages. The reminiscences are in verse, each group of stanzas bearing as a title the name of a place, a river, or a battle, beginning with his home community in Loudoun Valley, "Waunkopin Valley", then running from "First Manassas" through "Appomattox" and ending with "Homeward Bound" and "Waunkopin Valley" again.

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