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|Size||About 500 items.|
|Abstract||Edward Payson Reeve (1832-1898) of Richmond, Va., was a captain in the 1st Viriginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and a druggist after the war. He married Hester Goodall in May 1861. MICROFILM ONLY. The collection consists chiefly of Civil War and postwar correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as a captain in the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment and as president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division. Wartime letters discuss camp life, including religious activities, military actions, and his imprisonment in April 1865. Also included are Reeve's reminiscences and a family history.|
|Creator||Reeve, Edward Payson, 1832-1898.|
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Edward Payson Reeve (1832-1898) of Richmond, Va., was a captain in the 1st Viriginia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and a druggist after the war. He married Hester Goodall in May 1861.Back to Top
MICROFILM ONLY. The collection consists chiefly of Civil War and postwar correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as a captain in the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment and as president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division. Wartime letters discuss camp life, including religious activities, military actions, and his imprisonment in April 1865. Also included are Reeve's reminiscences and a family history.Back to Top
The following contents list is adapted from an inventory made at the time of microfilming.
Three variations of a biographical outline.
Photograph of Edward Payson Reeve.
Civil War reminiscences of Edward Payson Reeve, including fighting in Virginia and his experiences in battle and in prison (typescript, 27 pages).
"The Reeve Family of Southold, L.I., N.Y., and Virginia" compiled by John G. Bruce of Bluefield, W.Va., 1941, containing a genealogy, copies of wills and other documents, and family history information (typescript, 22 pages).
1852, 1854: A letter to Edward Payson Reeve from a friend named Dutch, a bill, and a bank note.
1860 (5 items): Letters to Hester Goodall at Mount Athos, Campbell County, Va., from Edward Payson Reeve in Richmond with news of friends, sermons, and illnesses, and an account of the performance of Blind Tom, a ten-year-old African American singer and musician.
1861 (36 items): Letters to Hester from Edward Payson Reeve to whom she was married in May. The letters were written from Confeerate Army camps in the vicinity of Fairfax, Manassas, and Centreville, and are concerned with daily events in camp, battles, questions about Hester's wefare, and religious activities among the soldiers. Also among these letters are one from Hester's pastor, George Woodbridge, and one from Edward Payson Reeve's brother John.
1862 (28 items): Letters from Edward Payson Reeve from Centreville, Orange Court House, Yorktown vicinity, Culpeper, and Fredericksburg. There are also several letters from Hester to Edward Payson Reeve. In the spring, Edward Payson Reeve wrote brief notes while on the move. In April, there is mention of the death of Edward Payson Reeve's brother, John W. Reeve. There was evidently a short term of captivity during the summer and a wound in late summer or early fall. Virginia records of 1914 indicate that Edward Payson Reeve was wounded at Williamsburg on 5 May and at Second Manassas on 31 August. Edward Payson Reeve's letters contain comments on conscription laws, his personal plans in regard to the Army, much about the "mud and misery," an exchange of prisoners, etc. Included is a photograph of Lincoln's autograph dated 20 October.
1863 (30 items): Letters from Suffolk, Taylorsville, and other Virginia locations, and, on 28 June, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a gap in the letters from 28 June to 30 August. Edward Payson Reeve was wounded at Gettyburg and was promoted to captain in July. There is another gap between 30 August and 16 September (Chaffin's Bluff).
1864 (31 items): Letters from Edward Payson Reeve from Goldsboro and Kinston, N.C., in the winter; then in the James River region in spring and summer; and in winter quarters evidently not far from Richmond. The letters tell of marches, picket duty, anxiety about his family, Bible classes in camp, the building of winter quarters.
1865 (January-March): Letters from winter quarters continued. Reed was captured at Sailors Creek on 6 April.
1868-1869: Merchant's bill, summons in connection with a debt, and letter of transfer from the Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond to the Presbyterian Church in Scottsville.
1875-1879 (19 items): Scattered business papers and family letters of Edward Payson Reeve and J.P. Duval of Richmond about selling his Herndon farm and correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve about the Loudoun County farm (Goodall property). These real estate deals were handled by B. Caywood of Washington, D.C. In 1879, there is a letter to Hester from her cousin Lutie Shield.
1881: Letters from the Reeve children to their parents.
1883: Promissory note dating from 1869.
1887-1888 (277 items): Correspondence of Edward Payson Reeve as secretary and president of the Association of Survivors of Pickett's Division and as a committee member in other veterans' organizations. The letters are concerned with reunions; the gathering of accurate lists of personnel and circularizing of same for contributions for a monument; arrangements for the dedicating ceremonies in connection with the monument "to the dead of Pickett's Division" at Richmond, 5-6 October 1888, at which Philadelphia Brigade Association members were special guests of the Pickett Camp. There are also some letters from the Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Conn., and two 1887 family letters: one from Byrd Reeve to Robert E. Bruce and one from Edward Payson Reeve's mother.
1889: Continued correspondence about money-raising efforts for the monument and other Confederate veterans' affairs. Presentation of a United States flag by the Philadelphia Brigade Association to the G.E. Pickett Camp, of which Edward Payson Reeve was commander.
After 1889, there are only scattered items concerning Edward Payson Reeve's personal and veterans affairs.
1898: Clippings and memorial resolutions relating to Edward Payson Reeve's death.
A few scattered Bruce, Reeve, and Duvall family letters.
1914: Copy of Edward Payson Reeve's Confederate military record from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Confederate Military Records, Richmond, Va.
Later papers are letters of John Goodall Bruce, son of Byrd Reeve Bruce, about historical and family matters. After the last 1948 item, there is a small group of undated items and fragments.
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007Back to Top