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Andrew Stevenson Papers, 1860-1862
A Civil War Collection
Manuscript #00175

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 Stevenson Papers detailAbout this Collection 

Thomas Andrew Stevenson (known as Andrew), was born in 1841 in Richmond, Virginia, the only son of Thomas Peter Stevenson and Mary Elizabeth Powell. He had three sisters: Mary Ann (b. January 1839), Maria Cullen (b. May 1840), and Elizabeth Duncan (b. 1850). Andrew entered the Virginia Military Institute in September 1860 and was a cadet eyewitness to the events at VMI just prior to and after the beginning of the Civil War. In April 1861, he was assigned as a cadet drillmaster in Richmond, Virginia, helping to prepare the new recruits for service in the Confederate Army; he subsequently joined the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Following the war, he was a teacher and then a lawyer, finally settling in Missouri during the 1870's. He married twice. His date of death is unknown.

The papers consist of three letters (1860-1861) written by Cadet Stevenson to his older sister Maria, in which he discusses the approach of war and the activity at VMI following secession. Two other Civil War documents are a visitor's pass issued by the Confederate government (1861), and a letter (1862) introducing Stevenson to Major R. C. Taylor.

  • Letter, 1860 November 20,from Cadet Stevenson to his sister Maria.
    He discusses his views about civil war and the role he hopes to play should war be declared.
  • Letter, February 23, 1861,from Cadet Stevenson to his sister Maria. Mentions Christmas (1860); discusses VMI's celebration of Washington's birthday; family news; raising of "disunion" flag over barracks
  • Letter, April 19, 1861,from Cadet Stevenson to his sister Maria. Reports on the "great excitement" at VMI after Virginia secedes from the Union.
  • Visitor's Pass, November 11, 1861, issued by the Confederate States War Department to Miss Maria Stevenson.
  • Letter, March 27, 1862, introducing Andrew Stevenson to Major R. C. Taylor