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Nathaniel C. Wilson and related papers

Identifier: MS-0490
The collection consists of miscellaneous Civil War papers of Nathaniel C. Wilson (VMI Class of 1861) and misc. papers of other family members. Of the N. C. Wilson portion of the collection, the most significant item is a diary-account book fragment which includes entries (July 25th-July 3, the day of his death) from Pennsylvania and the battlefield at Gettysburg. Other N. C. Wilson items include two letters written while he was a student at the University of Virginia in 1859-1860, and one letter written during the war from Camp near Greenville, VA (March 14, 1863). The rest of the papers consist of papers of various Wilson and related family members, including correspondence, legal/financial papers, and ephemera.


  • 1834 - 1941


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright holders. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission from the VMI Archives. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.


0.5 cubic feet (approximately 60 items)

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Claiborne Wilson, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1861. Born- September 12, 1839. Matriculated from Fincastle, Va. At VMI 1 year, 1 month. At UVa 1859-60. Military Record: Entered service at Craig Court House May 15, 1861 for 1 year as Capt, Company B, 28th Virginia Infantry Regiment. On recruiting service February-April, 1862. Elected Maj May 1, 1862 at re-organization. Sightly wounded in action (face) June 1, 1862 at Seven Pines. Wounded in action (thigh) at Gaine's Mill. Went into Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg telling men "Now, boys, put your trust in God and follow me!" Killed in action. Died- July 3, 1863.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Online Access

The Civil War diary and one letter are available online.

View a photograph of Wilson as a VMI Cadet


Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450