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Dabney-Jackson collection

Dabney-Jackson collection, 1716, 1744-1867
Dabney-Jackson collection
Inclusive dates
1716, 1744-1867
  • This collection consists of the papers of the Dabney family of Hanover, King William, and Louisa Counties, Virginia, and the papers of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863). These papers were compiled by Charles William Dabney (1855-1945) from various sources including his father, R. L. Dabney (1820-1898), Stonewall Jackson's chief of staff who used the papers to write LIFE AND CAMPAIGNS OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL THOMAS J. JACKSON (1866)
  • Series I. Dabney family papers, 1716, 1744-1834. Principally consists of letters written by, to, or concerning Dabney family members, the chief individuals being William Dabney (1718-1776), Revolutionary War officer Charles Dabney (ca. 1744-1829), his wife Elizabeth Dabney, George Dabney (1760-1843), Samuel Dabney (1752-1812), James Dabney, Charles William Dabney (1786-1833), and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor John Guerrant (b. 1760). Within this series there are also Dabney family accounts, affidavits, agreements, certificates, deeds, indentures, military reports, Revolutionary War military land warrants, plats, powers of attorney, receipts, and an oversize copy of the Articles of Capitulation signed at Yorktown on 19 October 1781
  • Series II. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson papers, 1815-1867 [bulk, 1847-1867]. Principally contains Civil War military correspondence, military orders, military and battle reports, military commissions, and personal correspondence to, from, and concerning General Stonewall Jackson. Personal correspondence includes extracts of letters from Stonewall Jackson to his second wife Mary Anna Morrison (1831-1915). Also in this series, there are letters written to R. L. Dabney after Jackson's death, memorandums, military records concerning Stonewall Jackson's involvement in the Mexican War, narratives of Confederate officers concerning Stonewall Jackson, newspaper clippings, and Jackson family promissory notes and receipts
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Biographical or historical data
  • Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was born 21 January 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia, to Jonathan Jackson (1790-1826) and Julia Beckwith Neale Jackson (1798-1831). He attended West Point and became an instructor at VMI in Lexington, Virginia. Jackson married first Elinor Junkin (1825-1854) 4 August 1853. After her death in childbirth, Jackson married Mary Anna Morrison (1831-1915) of North Carolina 16 July 1857. They had two daughters, Mary Graham Jackson (b. 1858) and Julia Laura Jackson (1862-1889). After Jackson's death 10 May 1863, Mary Anna Jackson returned to North Carolina. After the Civil War ended, she became known as the "Widow of the Confederacy" and became the honorary president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She wrote about her husband and traveled about speaking on him. Mary Anna Jackson died 24 March 1915 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898), Presbyterian clergyman and teacher, associated with Hampden-Sydney College and with the Union Seminary of Virginia at Farmville, Virginia, 1836-1837, 1844, and 1853-1883. He married Lavinia Morrison (1828-1908) in 1855, and together they had several children including Charles William Dabney (1855-1945). During the Civil War he served with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, first as a chaplain with the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment in 1861, then as an officer and chief of staff for Stonewall Jackson in 1862. After Jackson's death in 1863, Dabney wrote a biography of the general entitled LIFE AND CAMPAIGNS OF LT. GENERAL T. J. JACKSON (1866). He was the son of Charles William Dabney (1786-1833) and Elizabeth Price Dabney, and the brother of Charles William Dabney (1809-1895), who served during the Civil War, in 1861 and 1862, as the captain of Company C, 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
  • Charles William Dabney (1786-1833) was the son of Samuel Dabney (1752-1812) and Jane Meriwether Dabney. Samuel Dabney was the son of William Dabney (1718-1776) and Ann Barret Dabney. Charles Dabney (ca. 1744-1829), a son of William Dabney, served as an officer during the American Revolution in the 2nd Virginia State Regiment.
Cataloging source
Dabney-Jackson collection
Items 24, 25, 44c, 160, 162 are located in oversize, box 102
Arranged chronologically with undated items at the end of the series.
  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
Dabney, Charles William
Organization method
Organized in two series: Series I. Dabney family papers, 1716, 1744-1834. Series II. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson papers, 1815-1867 (bulk, 1847-1867);
Reproduction note
Type of unit
cu. ft.

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