Andrew J. McCoy Civil War letters
25th Virginia Infantry Regiment
VMI Archives Manuscript #0393

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About the Collection:
The collection consists of three Civil War letters (1863-1864) written by Confederate soldier Andrew Jackson McCoy, who served as a Private in the 25th Virginia Infantry Regiment (2nd Corps, 2nd Company F.) The letters are addressed to his sister, Martha; they primarily concern family matters, camp hardships, and personal news, and provide insight into the life and thoughts of an ordinary soldier. McCoy was born in Highland County, Virginia in 1832 and was a farmer in the Doe Hill area of that county. He enlisted at Monterey in August 1861 and served for the entire war. He was paroled at Staunton, Virginia on May 25, 1865. After the war he returned to his farm at Doe Hill, where he died November 28, 1902; buried Doe Hill Cemetery, Highland County, Virginia.

Read the full text of letters listed below  

  • 1863 October 25.
    In camp at Brandy Station, Culpeper County. Discusses sickness & hardship at home in Highland Co.; family news; furloughs; discusses name for his son; mentions Junius Hempstead, VMI Class of 1864.
  • 1864 January 16.
    In camp at Pisgah Church, Orange Co. Names men on furlough; grateful for food supplies from home; will sell cheese sent by his mother and send money home; homesick.
  • 1864 March 11.
    In camp at Orange Co. McCoy has been very sick, describes his health problems; discusses enemy raid on Richmond (Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid) & rumors of Dahlgren's intentions to murder Jefferson Davis & burn Richmond.


For more information about this regiment, consult the 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry by Richard L. Armstrong (H.E. Howard, Inc., © 1990).