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John Garibaldi Civil War papers

Identifier: MS-0284
The bulk of the collection consists of 38 letters, 1861-1864, written by Garibaldi to his wife Sarah Garibaldi (Poor) during his service in the Confederate Army (27th Virginia Infantry Regiment). Primary topics include camp life, the hardships of war for both soldiers and civilians, battles and skirmishes (including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg), other members of the 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment, and family news. The letter dated May 11, 1863 discusses the death of General Stonewall Jackson. The papers also include one letter from William H. McPherson to Sarah Poor Garibaldi (1863) and three letters from Garibaldi to his daughter, written in 1904.


  • 1861-1864


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Biographical / Historical

John Garibaldi, a Confederate soldier, was born in Genoa, Italy, on April 30, 1831. He immigrated to the United States 1851, where he married Sarah Ann Virginia Poor of Botetourt County, Virginia. During the Civil War, Garibaldi served as 3rd Sergeant, Company C, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment (Stonewall Brigade). He enlisted May 1861. He was captured at Kernstown, Virginia on March 23, 1862 and sent to Ft. Delaware, Delaware prison. Garibaldi was exchanged on August 5, 1862 and returned to duty until captured at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia on May 12, 1864. He was again imprisoned at Ft. Delaware and was exchanged for the second time on October 30, 1864. After the war, Garibaldi was a teacher and farmer in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He died at Big Island, Bedford County, Virginia, on September 8, 1914 and is buried in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia.

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Manuscripts Stacks
A Guide to the John Garibaldi Papers, 1861-1864
© 2001 By Virginia Military Institute Archives
Language of description
Description is in English

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