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June 17, 2023: Premier Americana – Day Two

Sat, Jun 17, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 2031


Estimate: $500 - $800

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VIRGINIA CONFEDERATE (C.S.A.) CAPTAIN MADISON PITZER DEYERLE (1839-1862) ARCHIVES, comprising 16 manuscript Civil War letters written by Deyerle to his family, from various Virginia camps including Manassas, dated from May 15, 1861 to April 15, 1862, three with cover, discussing camp life and hardships, some troop movements, etc.; a letter dated May 10, 1862 and two telegraphs dated May 12 and May 19, 1862 concerning him being mortally wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg and the disposition of his body; his April 19, 1861 commission as First Lieutenant of Light Infantry in the 157th Regiment of the 26th Brigade and Fifth Division of the Virginia Militia, signed by Gov. Letcher; a printed and manuscript CSA War Department document dated January 10, 1862, denying his request of an extended furlough for his company, signed by J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War; a lock of Deyerle's hair in a folded newspaper clipping; a framed watercolor portrait on paper of Deyerle in his uniform with sword and cap, after/over a photographic image, mounted on cardstock, frame backing board with inscription "Capt. Madison Pitzer Deyerle / Roanoke Greys / Killed 1862 Williamsburg, Va."; a June 24, 1862 resolution by Taylor Lodge No. 23, Masonic Hall, Salem, VA in memory of Deyerle; and two letters written to his mother from VMI dated Jan. 12, 1857 and May 18, 1858, the first with cover. Second half 19th century. Frame 11 1/4" x 13 1/8" OA. 
Catalogue Note: Madison Pitzer Deyerle was born on November 25, 1839 in Roanoke Co., Virginia to parents Joseph S. Deyerle (1799-1877) and Anna "Annie" Crawford (1800-1871). Madison was one out of a total of 13 children, eventually serving along with some of his brothers in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1860, he began pursuing a career in law.
With the outbreak of hostilities in 1861, however, Madison was quick to act, leaving his law studies in order to help organize Salem's first unit, "The Roanoke Grays". He was elected as their captain, and the company mustered in as Company I, 28th Virginia Infantry under Col. Robert Preston. Madison was mortally wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862 and died nine days later on May 14 at age 22. He is buried at East Hill Cemetery, Salem, VA in the Deyerle/Barnett burial plot. 


Very good overall condition, image with light toning, minor flakes to surface, cardstock with glue and residue to back. 

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Property from the Hammond, Revercomb, and Deyerle families, Covington, Virginia.