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William D. Stuart, 56th Virginia Infantry
Manuscript # 00108

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The collection consists of Stuart's Civil War papers, primarily correspondence to and from various officers; morning and guard reports; orders; and invoices and receipts documenting his brief service with the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment and his command of the 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Misc. other items include letters of recommendation for United States Army Commission, 1850; letter from Gabriel Jordon, Jr. (Class of 1850) to Stuart, Nov. 1854.

William Dabney Stuart was born September 30, 1830, at Staunton, Virginia; Parents: Thomas Jefferson Stuart and Martha M. Dabney; preparatory work at Staunton Academy; entered the Virginia Military Institute in July 1847 and was graduated in July 1850, standing 3rd in a class of 17; following graduation taught at VMI (1850-1853) and subsequently was Principal of classical schools in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia; married Frances Harris of Loudon Co., VA (three children--Martha, Mary Bell, and William); During Civil War briefly commanded 15th Virginia; then Colonel, 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment CSA; mortally wounded at Gettysburg; died in a hospital in Staunton, VA on July 29, 1863.