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Pollard Family Papers

Identifier: SC 01195

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence and memoir; 1862-1897, bulk 1862-1866, of Civil War soldier Sergeant Joseph Lawrence Pollard, Co. I, 26th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Gen. A. P. Hill's division). Letters were written by Pollard to his wife Martha Elizabeth 'Pat' Hutchinson Pollard at 'Rosewood' in the upper part of King and Queen County, Virginia. Letters describe camp life and respond to his wife's news of family and home. Letters were written from Gloucester Point, camp near Richmond, Chaffin's Bluff, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Burton's Farm, in the trenches near Petersburg, and a camp near Hatcher's Run. Also includes typescripts of letters and two typescript memoirs about Civil War battles.

Finally, a typescript account of the Battle of Midway during World War II by Joseph P. Pollard, a Navy flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps is also available.

2000.52 Addition combined with 2000 P76 as folder 5.


  • Creation: 1862-1945


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Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Biographical Information:

Sergeant Joseph Lawrence Pollard of King and Queen County, Virginia served in Co. I, 26th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (General. A. P. Hill's division) during the Civil War. He saw action primarily in Virginia, but also in Tennessee.

Joseph P. Pollard was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II.


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Custodial History

This collection was formerly titled the Joseph Lawrence Pollard Papers. The title was changed to more accurately reflect the contents originating from two different family members. January 2019, Karen King

Acquisition Information:

Gift 2000.52 also a gift from Joseph P. Pollard.

Physical Description

59 items.

Processing Information:

Processed by Ellen Strong in 2000.

Guide to the Pollard Family Papers
Ellen Strong.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository