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Joseph H. Carpenter papers

Identifier: MS-0333
Papers consist of: Manuscript notebook compiled by Carpenter during his cadetship, 1852-1856, containing poetry, class notes, autographs of classmates, detailed account of Corps trip to Petersburg and Richmond, October 1855.

Two letters written by Carpenter to his father in 1862, including letter of June 16, 1862 describing fighting near Port Republic, Virginia.

Letter of recommendation written on Carpenter's behalf by Brigadier General John Echols, submitted to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Carpenter's Commission documents, 1861 (2 items).

Letter, 1864 July 11, Carpenter's Battery member SGT Benjamin Karnes describing circumstances surrounding wounding of a fellow soldier (also named Ben). This letter was found among Carpenter's own papers.


  • 1852 - 1864


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7 items

Biographical / Historical

Joseph H. Carpenter of Covington, Virginia; born 1834; graduated Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1856; served as Captain, Co. A, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment (later converted to artillery company known as Carpenter's Battery); wounded at Cedar Mountain, 1862; died from effects of the wound, February 5, 1863.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450