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William G. Watson Civil War Memoirs Edit


MS 0037


  • 1866 (Creation)
  • covers period 1864 (Other)


  • 1 items (Whole)
    77 p. (1 items)


  • Scope and Contents

    Two versions of the Civil War memoirs of a Union soldier who served during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864. Unbound manuscript consists of 77 pages, probably written soon after the end of the war.

    This detailed account of his service includes information about the burning of the Virginia Military Institute by General David Hunter in June 1864; the advance on Lynchburg, Virginia; and his unit's retreat after the Battle of Lynchburg to Charleston and Parkersburg, West Virginia.

    Version 1 consists of 41 pages; version 2 (36 pages) covers much of the same material but also includes a section entitled "Our Cavalry and their Services."

  • Biographical / Historical

    William G. Watson was a Union soldier who served as a Sergeant in the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry; during the summer of 1864 his unit fought in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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  • Preferred Citation

    William G. Watson Civil War Memoirs. MS 0037. Virginia Military Institute Archives