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Charles E. Waddell papers

Charles E. Waddell papers, 1861
Charles E. Waddell papers
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Papers, 1861, of Charles E. Waddell (1828-1874) of the 4th Battalion, 15th Brigade, 1st Division, Virginia Militia, consisting of a commission, 18 October 1861, signed by Governor John Letcher (1813-1884) appointing Waddell 1st lieutenant to date from 15 October 1861, and statement by Mayor W. W. Lamb (1800-1874) of Norfolk, Virginia, stating that Waddell has taken the oath to qualify for his commission. Collection also includes photographs of Waddell's grave in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia
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Charles E. Waddell was born in 1828 in North Carolina. He moved to Petersburg, Virginia, and by the Civil War, he was the bookkeeper for Peebles, Plummer, and Company, Commission Merchants and Wholesale Grocers. When the Civil War began, Waddell enlisted with the Petersburg City Guards on 19 April 1861 as 2nd lieutenant. The Guards became part of the 14th Battalion, 15th Brigade, 1st Division of the Virginia Militia, and were stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Waddell received a commission as 1st lieutenant of the battalion from Governor John Letcher (1813-1884) on October 18 1861. The battalion eventually became the 12th Virginia Infantry and Waddell was commissioned captain of Company A 1 May 1862. He served with the regiment throughout the war, except for the summer of 1864 when he was in Raleigh, North Carolina, to help his family find housing after fleeing Petersburg. Waddell was paroled in Raleigh 12 May 1865. He returned to Petersburg after the War, and worked for the South Side and the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Ohio Railroads. Waddell married Frances Bolling (1832-1919) 16 December 1852, and they had no children. Waddell died in Danville, Virginia, 6 March 1874, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.
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Charles E. Waddell papers
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  • The Library of Virginia
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