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Andrew J. McCoy Civil War letters

Identifier: MS-0393
Civil War correspondence of Confederate soldier Andrew J. McCoy, consisting of 3 letters (1863 October 25; 1864 Jan 16 fragment; 1864 March 11) to his sister Martha written while he was serving with the 25th Virginia Infantry Regiment. The letters were written from camps in Culpepper County and Orange County, Virginia. They primarily concern family matters, camp hardships, and personal news, and provide insight into the life and thoughts of an ordinary soldier.


  • 1863-1864


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Biographical / Historical

McCoy was born in Highland County, Virginia in 1832 and was a farmer in the Doe Hill area of that county. He enlisted at Monterey in August 1861 and served for the entire war. He was paroled at Staunton, Virginia on May 25, 1865. After the war he returned to his farm at Doe Hill, where he died November 28, 1902; buried Doe Hill Cemetery, Highland County, Virginia.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Additional Information

From October 19-November 7, 1863, the Regiment was in camp near Brandy Station. The troops continued to dismantle the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, sending the iron to Richmond. For more information about this regiment, consult the 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry by Richard L. Armstrong (H.E. Howard, Inc., © 1990).

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