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Thomas L. Alfriend Papers

Identifier: MS 00269

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Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters, 1861-1865, from Thomas L. Alfriend (1843-1901) Sergeant, of Company B, 15th Virginia Infantry and Parken's Battery, Alexander's Battalion, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, from camps in Virginia and Tennessee to family members in Richmond, Virginia. Includes letter dated May 26, 1861 from Alfriend while stationed in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The addition contains 25 typewritten pages of transcripts of letters by Jefferson Davis, James Seddon and others mostly written to or about Frank Heath Alfriend (1841-1887), journalist and teacher and author of a book entitled "The Life of Jefferson Davis." Location of original typescripts of letters and the originals are unknown. Originals were sold at Sotheby's.


  • Creation: 1843-1901
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1860-1865


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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.

Biographical Information:

Thomas L. Alfriend (1843-1901) was a Sergeant, of Company B, 15th Virginia Infantry. He was captured at Sayler's Creek, April 6, 1865, and was confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until June 23, 1865. After the war, he returned to Richmond and entered the insurance business.

Frank H. Alfriend (1841-1887) was the younger brother of Thomas L. Alfriend. He became a biographer of Jefferson Davis.


0.30 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Series 1: Letters; Series 2: Newspaper Clippings; Series 3: Typescripts; and Series 4: Letters to and About Frank Heath Alfriend, Typescripts.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. No. 1995.65: 42 items purchased, 12/19/1995 Acc. No. 1996.40: Gift of 14 items, 08/21/1996.

Electronic Format:

Original letters are not found.

Related Materials:

Frank Heath Alfriend Papers (UA 5.109)


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Processing Information:

Processed by Ellen Strong in 1996.

Guide to the Thomas L. Alfriend Papers
Ellen Strong
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository