This collection contains material relevant to the Battle of Williamsburg, also known as the Battle of Fort Magruder, which took place on May 5, 1862 during the Civil War. Articles describing the events, photographs and sketches, as well as maps, are represented here.
Copy of an 1880 pamphlet: "The Battle of Williamsburg and the Charge of the 24th Virginia, of Early's Brigade," by Richard L. Maury.
Letters of Edwin Y. Brown, Union officer, to his family describing the Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia., with a later manuscript reminiscence of the Peninsular Campaign.
Diary, May 6-July 23, 1862, of Harriette Cary which concerns the occupation of Williamsburg, Va. by Union troops following the Battle of Williamsburg. 27 p. Also includes a partial transcription published in Tylers' Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume IX (1928) and reprinted by Kraus Reprint Corporation (1967) as well as correspondence with a descendant.
A letter from Darius N. Couch, Boston, Mass., to G. W. Reid[?], Esq., New York, New York, discusses Union Commands and military manuevers at the Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862. A typescript and an engraving of Couch are included.
Letter from Frank C. Park, an Union soldier, while in Williamsburg, to his family about the Battle of Williamsburg. He served with the 10th Massachusetts Regiment. He describes the fighting, the dead and the wounded. Typescript is included.
A letter from James Calhoun, Williamsburg, to his wife and children describes the Battle of Williamsburg. Calhoun is a member of the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry. The text is written on "Confederate States of America" letterhead. A typescript is included.
A letter by Johnston .H. Skelly, New Kent Court House, to his wife about the Battle of Williamsburg and the Peninsular Campaign. He witnesses the burning of the Merrimack [CSS Virginia].