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Jubal A. Early Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 Ea5

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Papers, 1863-1890, relating to Jubal A. Early. Includes typescript of an account of the evening of the first day and the morning of the second day at the Battle of Gettysburg by [?] Turner; typescript of a report of Isaac Ridgeway Trimble regarding the Battle of Second Manassas; letter, 1867, of Mrs. E. C. Wirz [widow of Henry Wirz] thanking Early for a copy of his A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence; and letter, 31 March 1884, from Early concerning Second Manassas and Antietam.

Also includes letter of John Thomas Gibson concerning a meeting between Lee and Grant on 10 April 1865; letter, 3 December 1890, of Early to Horatio G[ouverneur] Wright, sending copies of his memoir, relating the caving in of the walls to his quarters on top of him, false signal sent to deceive Wright at Cedar Creek, and errors in Grant's memoir; typescript of an account of the Battle of Cedar Creek by Samuel J.C. Moore; typescript of an account of the Battle of Second Manassas by James G. Field; typescript of extract of a diary, 13 June-12 August 1864 concerning Maryland and the Valley campaign of Early; newspaper clippings concerning differences between Early and William Mahone; and printed correspondence between Early and Mahone.


  • Creation: 1863-1890


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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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Biographical Information:

Jubal Anderson Early was born in Franklin County, Va. 3 November 1816. He graduated at United States Military Academy in 1837. He resigned from the army, studied law and practiced. He served in the Virginia General Assembly and in the Mexican War. He opposed secession. He was a colonel of the 24th Virginia Infantry. Rose to lieutenant-general and was defeated at Winchester, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek. He was employed by the Louisiana lottery and practiced law in Lynchburg. Wrote A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence in the Confederate States of America (1866). He remained unreconstructed and died on 2 March 1894. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Acquisition Information:

Gift of 11 items (Robert Mahone, Miss R. H. Early). Acc. 1984..06 was purchased from Paul C. Richards and received on 2/6/1984.

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia L. Barwick in 1984. Box and folder list inventory completed by Zach Woodward, SCRC staff, in March 2011.

Guide to the Jubal Early Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia L. Barwick.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository