BK and Grace Dorsey Collection

Title

BK and Grace Dorsey Collection

Description

This collection consists of twenty typewritten pages that are transcripts of Civil War letters originally provided to the Dorseys by Adrian Strickland. The letters are reportedly written by Strickland ancestors.

Four of the letters are from Confederate officer William G. Cabaniss (1843-1926). Cabaniss would survive the war, attaining the rank of Captain in the 38th Virginia Infantry, Company K. Cabaniss was born in Cascade, VA the son of John G. and Mary Cabaniss. The 1850 Census indicates two brothers, James M. and Lafayette. It is possible that William served with his father and older brother James, as they are both listed with him on the roster at the link noted below. William married Mary Jane Martin (1846-1912) and his occupation was listed as farmer in the 1880 Census.

Additional letters are written by Confederate soldier Fletcher B. Moore (ca. 1841-1931). Moore would also survive the war, dying in 1931 at the age of 90. In a couple letters, Moore states that he is with the 30th Virginia Cavalry, however, the unit was later renamed to the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. It appears that Moore enlisted in Appomattox County, VA in the spring of 1861. He listed farmer as his occupation. He was the son of Washington R. Moore and Elizabeth Cardwell Moore, and had five siblings. Based on the 1850 Census and names on some of the letters it is possible that several were written by his older brothers, Thomas Burge Moore (1831-1908) and James W. Moore (b. 1835). Fletcher Benson Moore was married to Martha Rebecca J. Moore (1844-1914). He is buried in a family plot in Appomatox County, VA.

Roster: https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm#q=%2238th%20Regiment,%20Virginia%20Infantry%20(Pittsylvania%20Regiment)%22

Contributor

Grace Dorsey

Format

Typewritten Transcript of Letters

Language

English

Provenance

Grace Dorsey generously donated this resource outright to Digital Watauga.

Rights Holder

Grace Dorsey has generously donated these items outright to Digital Watauga through a deed of gift. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from Digital Watauga. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.

Collection Items

William C. Ivey Letter, November 27, 1862
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter written by William C. Ivey, a Confederate soldier, while encamped at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia. Writing to his aunt, Ivey recounts his recent furlough spent at home, and states that he would like to visit her…

G. W. Moore Letter, March 1, 1863
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter written by G. W. Moore, a Confederate soldier while encamped in New Kent County, Virginia. Writing in response to an earlier letter from his sister, Moore recounts a recent marriage ceremony held in camp for a…

Unknown Soldier Letter, Circa 1962
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter written by an unidentified Confederate soldier. The year the letter was written is obscured on the transcript and may be either March 2, 1862 or March 2, 1863. The location the letter was sent from is also…

William G. Cabaniss Letter, August 5, 1863
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter written by the Confederate officer William G. Cabaniss while encamped near Rapid Ann Station (now known as Rapidan), Virginia. In this letter, Cabaniss writes to his parents stating that he has orders to begin…

James W. Moore Letter, September 1, 1863
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter written by the Confederate soldier James W. Moore (16th Virginia Regiment) while encamped near Chaffin's Farm, Virginia. Writing to his brother Sam, Moore opens by stating that he and the other men in his unit…

Sue E. Litchford Letter, March 28, 1864
A copy of a typed transcription of a letter written by Sue E. Litchford, a civilian living in Campbell, Virginia. The letter is addressed to a Confederate soldier, referred to as "Monsieur." Litchford, replying to an earlier letter, writes to tell…

T. B. Moore Letter, May 18, 1864
A copy of a typed transcription of a letter written by the Confederate soldier (2nd Virginia Cavalry, Company H) T. B. Moore while encamped in Louisa County Virginia. In this letter to his sister, Moore writes that he is preparing to take a train to…

Charles M. Watts Letter, October 19th, 1864
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter by Confederate soldier Charles M. Watts, written while encamped near Petersburg, Virginia. Watts' letter is addressed to a "Dr Morriss," who evidentially has a business relationship with Watts. At the start of…

James M. Cabaniss Letter, Undated
A copy of a typed transcript of a letter by Confederate soldier James Cabaniss. The letter opens with Cabaniss stating that "Martin says he is well The grandess thing he has seen since he has been here is the Statue in Richmond he sends howdy to all…

George K. Griggs Letter and Poem, November 11, 1862
A copy of a typed transcription of a letter written by Confederate soldier G. K. Griggs. At the top of the letter, undated, is a poem written by William Cabaniss while encamped at Pittsylvania, Virginia. It consists of a short, patriotic, poem or…
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