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Catalog Number 1931.069.00006
Date 1879
Scope & Content Robert H. Chilton Papers: Condolence Letters Regarding Robert H. Chilton's Death

Physical Appearance: The following condolence letters concerning General Robert Hall Chilton's death are listed below: a) February 21, 1879 - W. C. Carrington, Mayor, Office of the Mayor, Richmond, V[irgini]a, to Gen[era]l Peyton Wise - concerns funeral plans for the late General Chilton. (Peyton Wise was Chilton's son-in-law.), One and a half pages, signed by Carrington. b) February 22, 1879 - Joseph A. Anderson at Richmond, [Virginia] to Mrs. [Laura Chilton] Wise (Mrs. Peyton Wise), [Richmond, Virginia] - Anderson offers condolences on her father's death. Three pages, signed by Anderson. c) February 21, 1879 - [Unidentified] at Columbus, G[eorgi]a to "My darling wife" [unidentified] - an incomplete letter from a famiy member who travelled to Columbus to be with General Chilton's widow and assist with funeral arrangements. Four pages. d) February 24, 1879 - James Lyons at Richmond[, Virginia] to Capt[ain] G[eorge] D. Wise - Lyons writes concerning General Robert H. Chilton's death. (George D. Wise was Peyton Wise's brother.)
Archival History These condolence letters were formerly located in the MC 3 C-199 files. The Robert Hall Chilton Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Robert Hall Chilton (1815-1879), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The collection includes Chilton's 1864 appointment as brigadier and list of the officers and men taking parole at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 29, 1865. Among the extensive postwar holdings are letters to former generals Richard Stoddert Ewell, Daniel Harvey Hill, and James Longstreet, as well as handwritten notes on campaigns--including Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Wartime items found in other collections consist of offical correspondence to Chilton from General T. J. Jackson and General J. E. B. Stuart. The Robert E. Lee Family Collection contains many personal postwar letters from General Lee to the Chilton family, and likewise, the Davis Family Collection has several postwar letters from Jefferson Davis to Chilton himself. Most of the Chilton items came to the Museum from Chilton's daughter, Laura Chilton Wise.
People Wise, Laura Chilton