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Charles C. Phillips Civil War papers

Identifier: MS-0327
The papers consist of the message book and diary (in one volume) kept by Charles C. Phillips during the period between April 24, 1864 and July 13, 1864. Includes details about Signal Corps activities during this period. Mentions seeing the VMI cadets at Hanover Junction on May 23 (including his brother Samuel Travers Phillips), where they stopped on their way to Richmond after the Battle of New Market on May 15. The message book and diary has been transcribed and many individuals are identified in the footnotes of the transcription.

In addition, the papers include 10 financial documents dated between 1862 and 1865, including bonds, receipts, and Augusta County, Virginia paper currency (1862) for amount of 50 cents.


  • 1862-1865


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Biographical / Historical

Charles Coatsworth Phillips was born September 18, 1843 in Urbanna, Maryland. During the Civil War he was a signalman serving with the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Following the war he graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School and practiced medicine in Staunton, Virginia. He died in Staunton, Virginia on November 18, 1887 and is buried in Thornrose Cemetery (Staunton).

Charles is the brother of Samuel Travers Phillips, VMI Class of 1867 and New Market Cadet.

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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450