Turner Ashby Letters
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 28 letters (a few with envelopes), a petition, and two portrait photographs of Turner Ashby. The letters comprise correspondence between relatives of Turner Ashby including his mother, Dorothea F. Ashby; his sisters, Mary and Dora (both later married to Moncures); cousins; and friends of the family. Two letters are penned by Turner Ashby. These two letters plus one from "D.A.M." have been transcribed; transcriptions are available in the folder.
- Ashby family (Family)
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Turner Ashby was a Confederate cavalry commander during the Civil War. He was born in Fauquier County Virginia. where he became an accomplished horseman. Sometimes called the "Black Knight of the Confederacy" Ashby was responsible for guarding the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Maryland. This was in part to help Maryland men with Confederate leanings join the Confederacy. Ashby was to serve with Stonewall Jackson. During the Valley Campaign, Ashby was shot in the Battle of Good's Farm. He had been appointed Brigadier General at this time, but it was never confirmed by the Confederate Senate.
0.16 cubic feet (3 folders)
Language of Materials
The Turner Ashby Letters consist of 28 letters, a petition, and two portrait photographs of Turner Ashby.
Placed on deposit by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in September 1992.
Other Formats Available
Transcriptions of a selection of letters are included in the collection.
- Bushong, Millard K. General Turner Ashby and Stonewall's Campaign. Verona, VA: McClure Printing Co. Inc., 1980.
- Cunningham, Frank. Knight of the Confederacy: General Turner Ashby. San Antonio, TX: Naylor Co., 1960.
In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2087.
- Ashby family -- Correspondence
- Ashby, Richard, 1831-1861
- Ashby, Richard, 1831-1861 -- Correspondence
- Ashby, Turner, 1828-1862
- Ashby, Turner, 1828-1862 -- Correspondence
- Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
- Confederate States of America -- History, Military -- Sources
- Confederate States of America. Army -- Biography
- Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Cavalry Regiment, 7th
- Generals -- Southern States -- Biography
- Harrisonburg (Va.), Battle of, 1862
- Letters (correspondence)
- Moncure family -- Correspondence
- Plantation life -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century
- Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Genealogy -- Sources
- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Sources
- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1861
- Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862
- Slaves -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Biography
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
- Virginia -- History -- 19th century -- Social life and customs
- Virginia -- History, Local -- 19th century -- Sources
- Virginia -- History, Local -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
- A Guide to the Turner Ashby Letters, 1852-1863
- Barbara Padgett, Cara Lundgren
- December 1992, March 2014
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