The papers consist of the message book and diary (in one volume) kept by Phillips during the period April 24, 1864 - July 13, 1864. Includes details about Signal Corps activities during this period. Mentions seeing the VMI cadets at Hanover Junction on May 23 (including his brother Samuel Travers Phillips), where they stopped on their way to Richmond after the Battle of New Market on May 15.
In addition, the papers include 10 miscellaneous documents dated 1864 - 1865, including bonds,receipt, Augusta County, VA paper currency (1862) for amount of 50 cents.
The message book - diary has been transcribed and many individuals are identified in the footnotes of the transcription.