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William Wallace Beard Civil War letters

Identifier: MS0597


Collection consists largely of letters written by William Wallace Beard, a member of the Mississippi 18th Regiment in the Confederate Army. The letters are written during his time as a soldier in the United States Civil War largely from different sites around Virginia. It includes 32 letters (30 of which are from Beard and 2 of which are from Col. A.P. Hill) and one furlough document.


  • 1861-08 - 1865-04

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William Wallace Beard Civil War letters are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

William W. Beard was born 1836 in rural north Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, the oldest of ten children of John and Jane Camelia McRaven Beard. He moved to Mississippi and became a plantation overseer in Hinds County in the late 1850s. In the summer of 1861, at the age of 25, he mustered into the 1,000-man-strong Mississippi 18th Regiment, Camden Rifles Co. G. Beard was among the 100 or so soldiers and officers in this regiment who survived the war.


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The collection is arranged chronologically into a single folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Bill Macaulay Jr. (great-nephew of W.W. Beard) in 2019.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2020 by Andrew Pack.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated