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William Beverley Pettit Correspondence

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0199

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of correspondence between William B. Pettit and his wife Arabella ('Bell') with scattered letters from other friends and relatives. The letters that date from 1850 to March 1862 include correspondence between husband and wife while Pettit was away on business. The war letters begin in March 1862 and end with Pettit's last war letter to his wife on March 3, 1864. After that date there are letters from Pembroke, the Pettit's son, while he attended school at Ashland, Va. The turn of the century correspondence concerns Confederate Veterans' activities and post-war business correspondence. Also included are newspaper clippings, one photograph, and the obituary of William B. Pettit (1905). The collection also includes Pettit's Civil War manuscript diary, 1862-1864, and account book. These two books are bound together.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1850-1918

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

William B. Pettit, an attorney from Fluvanna, Va., was Commonwealth's Attorney for the district, 1864-1872; President of the Virginia Bar Association, 1898; and member of the State Constitutional Convention, 1901-1902.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of J. Nathaniel Hamrick.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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