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Nannie Elizabeth Rea diary & letter copy book

Identifier: 2024.141

Content Description

A compilation of letters and reflections written during the final two years of the Civil War. Elizabeth "Nannie" Rea (1850-1924) was born in Winchester, Virginia and was sent to school at Ingleside Seminary in Baltimore County, Maryland in order to be kept safe from the conflict around Winchester, which changed hands more often than any other rebel city during the war. Her writings include personal reflections on the era she lived in, and letters to her family and friends.

Acquisition Type



Purchased from James Arsenault & Company

Language of Description


Script of Description


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


  • Creation: 1863 March 7 - 1865 June 4



.01 Linear Feet (One legal size folder)