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Catalog Number 1931.069.00005
Date ca. 1879
Scope & Content Robert H. Chilton Papers: Obituaries for Robert Hall Chilton, ca. 1879

Physical Appearance: The folder contains a small, black leather-bound notebook. A pencil written inscription appears on the first leaf, "Mrs. Peyton Wise - from her affectionate father with the hopes of participating in the enjoyment of her trip through such daily "jottings by the way" as she may enter herein - 27 Sept. 1871." The first section contains mostly newspaper clippings of obituaries and notices regarding Robert Hall Chilton's death in Columbus, Georgia and subsequent burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia in February 1879. The remainder of the pages are blank. [*Please note that photostatic copies of the obituaries are located in a separate folder.] The following items appear in the notebook: a) [February 19, 1879] - ["Times"] - newspaper clipping, "Sudden and Sad Death of General Robert H. Chilton. / His Long and Splendid Career. / Preparations to Honor the Illustrious Dead." b) [February 19, 1879] - "Daily Enquirer" - newspaper clipping, "Death of Gen. R. H. Chilton." c) [February 19, 1879] - "Daily Enquirer" - newspaper clipping, "Death of Gen. R. H. Chilton." (not the same as b.) d) February 23, 1879 - "Times" - newspaper clipping, "Tribute of Respect." e) [February 23, 1879] - "Sunday Enquirer" - newspaper clipping, "Gen. R. H. Chilton / Tribute of Respect by Board of Directors of Columbus Manufacturing Company." f) [February 20, 1879] - "Times" - newspaper clipping, "Honors to the Dead." g) [February 24, 1879] - "Times" - newspaper clipping, "Waiting at Atlanta. / Honors to General Chilton's Remains. / And Hospitality to their Escort." h) [ca. February 21, 1879] - "Enquirer-Sun" - newspaper clipping, "Gen. R. H. Chilton. / Left Yesterday for Richmond...Reception in Atlanta...Funeral Honors in the Carolinas...Fere Passes Over the Air Line Railroad." i) [ca. February 22, 1879] - [unidentified newspaper] - clipping, "The Last Sad Rites. / General Chilton Buried with Imposing Honors." j) [ca. February 21, 1879] - "Times" - newspaper clipping, "Carried to Virginia." k) [February 18, 1879] - [unidentified newspaper] - clipping, "In Memoriam. / Of General Robert H. Chilton. / February 18th 1879." l) [ca. February 22, 1879] - [unidentified newspaper] - clipping, "Deaths. / Died. General Robert H. Chilton, of Virginia. . . " m) [ca. February 22, 1879] - ["Richmond (VA) Dispatch"] - newspaper clipping, "The Late R. H. Chilton." n) [ca. February 21, 1879] - ["Richmond (VA) Dispatch"] - newspaper clipping, "General Chilton's Remains En Route to Richmond. / [Special Telegram to the Dispatch.]" o) [February 28, 1879] - ["Weekly State Review"] - newspaper clipping, "The Late Col. Chilton." p) [ca. February 19, 1879] - [unidentified Richmond, VA newspaper] - untitled clipping, "Gen. R. H. Chilton, the well-known adjutant general-in-chief of Gen. Lee's staff . . . ." q) [ca. February 21, 1879] - [unidentified Richmond, VA newspaper] - clipping, "Military Notices." r) [ca. February 23, 1879] - [unidentified Richmond, VA newspaper] - clipping, "Obsequies of the Late Gen. Chilton. / Burial by Night." s) [February 24, 1879] - ["Richmond (VA) Dispatch"] - newspaper clipping, "Funeral of General Chilton." t) [February 22, 1879] - ["New York World"] - untitled newspaper clipping, "The remains of General R. H. Chilton, en route from Columbus, Ga., to Richmond, Va., . . . " u) [February 28, 1879] - ["The Leavenworth (KS) Times" - newspaper clipping, "Death of General Chilton." v) [ca. February 19, 1879] - ["Baltimore (MD) Sun"] - newspaper clipping, "The Late Col. Chilton." w) [February 24, 1879] - ["Richmond (VA) Sun"] - untitled clipping, "The late General R. H. Chilton, whose remains were interred in Hollywood Cemetery Saturday, . . . " x) [ca. February 21, 1879] - "Baltimore (MD) Sun" - newspaper clipping, "Gen. Chilton's Remains." y) [February 24, 1879] - ["Baltimore (MD) Gazette"] - newspaper clipping, "Funeral of General R. H. Chilton." z) [February 26, 1879] - ["Richmond (VA) Sun"] - newspaper clipping, "Personal." aa) [ca. February 23, 1879] - "Enquirer-Sun" - newspaper clipping, "Gen. R. H. Chilton. / Remains Arrive in Richmond...Distinguished Funeral Honors...Burial in Hollywood." (loose, between pages). bb) [n. d.] - Calling card, "Gen'l & Mrs. R. H. Chilton." (loose between pages). cc) [n. d.] - Calling card, "Gen'l & Mrs. Joseph E. Johnston" ('Gen'l &' marked through). (loose between pages). dd) [n. d.] - ["Times-Democrat"] - newspaper clipping, "Because I Miss You So," by Mary Burtz (poem) (loose between pages). ee) [n. d.] - ["Augusta (GA) Constitutionalist"] - newspaper clipping, "General R. H. Chilton." (not an obituary, concerns jury duty and citizenship). (loose between pages). ff) [n. d.] - ["Washington (D. C.) Post"] - newspaper clipping, "Of a Virginia Family." (loose between pages). gg) 1908 - No. 20018, Poll Tax Receipt, to R. H. Chilton (son) from E. Williams (Secretary) and J. Barrett for theTreasurer, "State of Louisiana, Parish of Orleans. Office of Treasurer of School Board, City Hall, New Orleans." - for payment of $1, resident of 14th Ward, 6th District. Photocopies of the newspaper clippings are available in the folder.
Archival History This scrapbook was 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