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Clayton G. Coleman papers

Identifier: MS-0021
The papers consist of three letters written to Coleman's sister Lucy during the Civil War, and an autograph album containing inscriptions written by his classmates at VMI, the University of Virginia, and the Medical College of Virginia, ca. 1858-61. The letter of September 17, 1862, from Winchester, Virginia, discusses the Battle of Antietam and caring for wounded; November 4, 1862, Winchester, Virginia, discusses hospitals and care of wounded, General George Steuart, movement of Longstreet's Corps, and other troop activity in the area; Feb 25, 1863 is largely personal, discussing his mother's death.


  • 1858-1863


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Biographical / Historical

Clayton Glanville Coleman, physician, was born at Roxbury, New Kent County, Virginia in 1840. He entered the Virginia Military Institute in July 1856 as a member of the Class of 1859, but did not graduate. After leaving VMI in 1858, he attended the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia, from which he was graduated in March 1861. He served as Lt. Col., 23rd Virginia Infantry Regiment(1861-1862) and after September 1862 as a physician in the Confederate Medical Department. After the war, he continued the practice of medicine until 1871, when he became a Civil Engineer. He married Anna Sherrard Breedin, daughter of Enoch C. and Lucy Singleton Breedin, of Winchester Virginia. They had four children: Sherrard, Robert, Lucy, and Caroline. Clayton Coleman died October 7, 1908 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Online Access

The Civil War letters are available online
A Guide to the Clayton G. Coleman Papers, 1858-1863
© 2002 Virginia Military Institute Archives
Language of description
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008: Feb 16, 2004 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15). Feb 26, 2004 converted to conform to eadVIVA.dtd by vivastrict.xsl

Repository Details

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VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450