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Petersburg to AppomattoxThe End of the War in Virginia$
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Caroline E. Janney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640761

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.001.0001

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Many Valuable Records and Documents Were Lost to History

Many Valuable Records and Documents Were Lost to History

The Destruction of Confederate Military Records during the Appomattox Campaign

(p.170) 6 Many Valuable Records and Documents Were Lost to History
Petersburg to Appomattox

Keith Bohannon

University of North Carolina Press

During the last year of the war, Confederate record keeping had become haphazard and incomplete at best with company and regimental record books in a disorderly state. But such disarray did not begin to compare to the destruction of both Confederate governmental and army records during the first week of April 1865. In this essay Bohannon surveys the destruction and search for Confederate records at the end of the war, and he reminds us that the paucity of official military correspondence and reports make it extremely difficult to fully recover the story of those final days of Lee’s command.

Keywords:   Confederate States of America, Military records, Archives, Appomattox Campaign

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