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!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1853-1864
Inclusive dates
1853-1864
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1853-1864, of Richard Venable Gaines of Charlotte County, including a dairy and journal, 1-31 May 1853, consisting primarily of philosophical reflections; and a farm book, 1857-1860, 1864, of Bleak House Plantation, containing records of marriages, births, and deaths on the plantation, lists of slaves, accounts, lists of sales and purchases, and an 1864 inventory of "negroes," cattle, horses, mules, sheep, household and kitchen furniture, and utensils
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Biographical or historical data
Richard Venable Gaines was born in 1830 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, and studied natural sciences at Harvard. After briefly studying law, Gaines decided to become a farmer. He married Jane Virginia Watkins in 1854 and purchased "Bleak House" Plantation, an 800 acre farm in Charlotte County, Virginia. When the Civil War erupted, Gaines became a Lieutenant in an artillery company raised in Charlotte County. In May 1863, he joined the staff of General Alexander Lawton's Brigade and after the Battle of Sharpsburg (or Antietam) was transferred to the Quartermaster Department. During the war, his wife operated the plantation, but after Bleak House was virtually destroyed from continued visits from Union troops, the family moved to the "Do-Well" plantation. After the war, Gaines took an active role in organizing the Conservative Party and and served as chairman of the Legislative Committee of the State Board of Agriculture.
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Vi
Form designation
Papers
Label
!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Smith, Ormonde, Mrs.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000491710
Reproduction note
Microfilm.
Type of unit
reel.

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