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  • Diary, 1862-1865, of Charles William McVicar (b. 1841) of Winchester, Virginia, edited by his granddaughter Ada Bruce Desper Bradshaw of Hampton, Virginia, in 1978. Diary details McVicar's service in Chew's battery and Thomson's battery as part of Stuart's Horse Artillery and the Virginia Horse Artillery and describes camp life, skirmishes and battles with Union troops, weather, supplies, and McVicar's experiences. He recounts the battles of Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Mine Run, New Market, Trevilian Station, Cedar Creek, and Appomattox, as well as the Gettysburg campaign, the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and the siege of Petersburg. McVicar traces his routes through the Shenandoah Valley and the Virginia mountains, as well as through Culpeper, Louisa, and Orange Counties, and Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. He comments on Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863), Jeb Stuart (1833-1864), Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905), William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837-1891), Lunsford Lindsay Lomax (1835-1913), William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones (1824-1864), Wade Hampton (1818-1902), and Thomas Lafayette Rosser (1836-1910), and Union generals Alfred Pleasanton (1824-1897), John Buford (1826-1863), Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836-1881), Philip Sheridan (1831-1888), and George Custer (1839-1876)
  • In addition to editing the diary Ada Bradshaw also compiled materials related to McVicar and his war service. These materials include maps of the Shenandoah Valley and of Virginia; resolutions of the town council of Charlottesville, Virginia, thanking Stuart's Horse Artillery for its defense of the town during a Union raid; records copied from the OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE WAR OF REBELLION concerning McVicar's military service as a spy; papers concerning Glengary Farm, home of McVicar's future wife's family, the Lewises family of Frederick County, Virginia and its use by Union troops during the war; excerpt from THE LONG ARM OF LEE concerning the Horse Artillery and the Shenandoah campaign of 1862; certificate, 16 October 1891, for McVicar as a member of General Turner Ashby Camp No. 22, Confederate Veterans; copy of Robert E. Lee's (1807-1870) announcement of the death of Stonewall Jackson; map of Stonewall Jackson's military movements; excerpts from CONFEDERATE BANNERS concerning flags; an index to McVicar's diary; and McVicar's muster roll records
See Accession 29910 for more detailed description of original items.
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Charles William McVicar was born 2 May 1841 in Winchester, Virginia, to John McVicar (b. ca. 1815) and Catherine McVicar (b. ca. 1820). A coach maker with his father, McVicar served as a spy for the Confederacy in the early years of the Civil War, then joined Chew's battery, Stuart's Horse Artillery, serving until the unit disbanded at the end of 1864. After the war, McVicar returned to Winchester and worked as a coach maker. He married Amanda Melissa Lewis (b. 1845) 13 January 1869, and they had six children.
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Charles William McVicar Diary, 1862-1865 (LVA accession 29910, misc. mfm 606).
  • The Library of Virginia
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Bradshaw, Ada Bruce
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v. (108 leaves).



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