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James H. Jameson Civil War letters

Identifier: MS-0252
The collection consists of two letters written in August 1864 by James H. Jameson to his daughter, Hallie. Both letters were composed while he was a Confederate prisoner of war at Point Lookout Prison, Maryland. Jameson discusses his failing health and his need for food.


  • 1864


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Biographical / Historical

James Jameson, from Culpeper County, Virginia, was born circa 1820 and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1842. Prior to the Civil War he worked as a teacher, lawyer and farmer. He married Mary Mildred Bowen of Fauquier Co., Virginia in May 1845. They had four children: Alwyn, Harriet (Hallie, to whom the letters are addressed), Ella, and Henry. In 1861 he was elected Captain of Company I, 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment, and was wounded in action at Dranesville in December 1861. He resigned from his unit in April 1863 and was hospitalized as late as September 1863. Jameson was arrested by Federal troops at Culpeper Court House, Virginia on March 26, 1864, as "formerly a Captain in the C. S. A." and was sent to prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. Although he was ultimately exchanged, he did not survive the trip home. He became ill from the effects of his wound and imprisonment while traveling on a flag-of-truce boat to Richmond, and died September 30, 1864--approximately a month after writing the final letter to his daughter. He is buried at his wife's family home, "Belle Coil," Fauquier Co., Virginia.

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Manuscripts Stacks
A Guide to the James H. Jameson Letters, 1864
Diane B. Jacob
© 2002 Virginia Military Institute Archives
Language of description
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450