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Papers, 1851-1857, of the Fulkerson family of southwestern Virginia, primarily consisting of letters between Samuel V. Fulkerson (1822-1862) and his brother and sister, Abram Fulkerson (1834-1902) and Catherine "Kate" E. Fulkerson (1832-1903). Also includes letters to their parents, Abram Fulkerson (1789-1859) and Margaret L. (Vance) Fulkerson (1796-1864). The letters contain a description of Richmond in the spring, news of family, friends, neighbors, business, and weddings, and a discussion of politics, notably the 1855 gubernatorial election and the Know Nothing Party in Virginia. Also, includes an invitation to the Virginia Military Institute Ball of July 1854, a report card of Abram Fulkerson from 1 October 1854, and an appointment of Samuel V. Fulkerson as a visitor of VMI, dated 18 June 1857 and signed by Governor Henry A. Wise
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  • Abram Fulkerson (1789-1859) married Margaret L. Vance (1796-1864) on 21 November 1815. The marriage produced several children including: Samuel Vance (1822-1862), Catherine Elizabeth (1832-1903), and Abram (1834-1902).
  • Samuel Vance Fulkerson was born in Washington County, Virginia on 31 October 1822. He served in the Mexican War and was a lawyer and circuit court judge. On 28 May 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 37th Virginia Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action at the Battle of Gaines' Mill on 28 June 1862.
  • Catherine "Kate" Elizabeth Fulkerson was born in Washington County, Virginia, on 9 January 1832. She was a teacher in Tazewell County and died at Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia on 14 October 1903.
  • Abram Fulkerson was born on 13 May 1834 in Washington County, Virginia, to Abram Fulkerson (1789-1859) and Margaret Laughlin Vance (1796-1864). He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1857 and taught school in Palmyra, Virginia, and Rogersville, Tennessee. When the Civil War began, Fulkerson enlisted in the 19th Tennessee Infantry and became a major. He helped organize the 63rd Tennessee and became its colonel. Fulkerson was wounded at the battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga. Wounded at the siege of Petersburg, he was captured and held prisoner for the rest of the war. After the Civil War ended, Fulkerson moved to Goodson, later Bristol, Virginia, and became a lawyer. He emerged as a leading figure in the Readjuster Party which favored a scaling-down of Virginia's bonded indebtedness following the War. He served in the House of Delegates from Washington County from 1871 to 1875 and 1885 to 1887. Fulkerson represented Washington and Smyth Counties in the Virginia State Senate from 1877 to 1880. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1881-1883. Fulkerson died in Bristol, Virginia 17 December 1902 and was buried in East Hill Cemetery. Fulkerson married Selina Johnson of Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1862, and they had nine children.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Steven S. Raab Photographs
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