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August Forsberg's Civil War Memoir

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0109

Scope and Contents

This collection is an American Civil War memoir, c.1870?, of August Forsberg, which includes accounts of Confederate fortifications, marches and battles, and his life in a Union prisoner of war camp in Fort Delaware.


  • Creation: 1870


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The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Swedish immigrant and engineer August Forsberg rose to the rank of Colonel in the Confederate Army's 51st Virginia Infantry. In 1861 he served briefly on the staff of General John B. Floyd. As a member of the 51st Virginia he fought in both the western and eastern theatres from 1862 until his capture near Waynesboro, Virginia in March 1865. After the war he was a civil engineer in Lynchburg, Virginia. He married nurse Mary (Mollie)Morgan Otey whom he met in Lynchburg, Va. during the war while convalescing from a hand wound.


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