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George M. Neese papers

George M. Neese papers, 1859-1921
George M. Neese papers
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Papers, 1859-1921, of George M. Neese (1839-1921) of Shenandoah County, Virginia, consisting of the manuscript text for his book THREE YEARS IN THE CONFEDERATE HORSE ARTILLERY, published by the Neale Company in 1911. The manuscript details his Civil War service as a member of Chew's Artillery in Stuart's Horse Artillery in the Army of Northern Virginia, and recounts his service from his enlistment in 1861, through the engagements he served in, his capture by Union troops, his imprisonment, to his release from Point Lookout, Maryland. Collection also includes the seven diaries upon which Neese based his manuscript and which cover his military service. Diaries contain more day-to-day information on camp life and the weather than does the manuscript and also includes some poems. Also contains loose diary entries from 1863; letter to the editor, 29 June 1911, from Elise Kelleher of Seattle, Washington, to the New Market newspaper concerning THREE YEARS IN THE CONFEDERATE HORSE ARTILLERY, including a reply from both the editor and from Neese; a letter, 19 March 1913, from Nelson Doubleday (1862-1934), the publisher, regarding a subscription to a magazine; and an obituary, 14 April 1921, for Neese. Also includes: a rebus puzzle; passes; a Confederate 50 cent note; list of items for the horse artillery; and an account, 1859-1861, for items purchased, monies received, and some diary entries
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George Michael Neese was born 30 December 1839 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, to Michael Neese and Elizabeth Neese. He attended the New Market Academy. When the Civil War began, Neese enlisted in Chew's battery, part of General Jeb Stuart's Horse Artillery, and served in the Shenandoah Valley during Stonewall Jackson's campaign there in 1862 and during 1864. He saw action in several battles, including Antietam, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the Siege of Petersburg, and the Crater. Neese was captured 9 October 1864 during a skirmish just before the battle of Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland. After the war ended and he was released, Neese returned to Shenandoah County, where he died 10 April 1921.
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George M. Neese papers
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Neese, George M.
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