A Guide to the Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller, 1861-1862 Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller SC 0039

A Guide to the Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller, 1861-1862

A Collection in the
Thomas Balch Library
Collection Number SC 0039


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Processed by: Emily Hershman

Repository
Thomas Balch Library
Collection number
SC 0039
Title
Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller 1861-1862
Extent
2 items (diary; newspaper article)
Creator
Virginia J. Miller
Language
English
Abstract
The diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller is a photocopy of a transcription and consists of various entries between 15 November 1861 and 17 April 1862. It notes where diary pages are illegible or torn, and all pages are hole-punched. Also included is a newspaper article entitled "The Harrison House in Leesburg" which describes the Harrison House's owners, architecture, and role in the Civil War.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open for research

Use Restrictions

Physical characteristics and conditions affect use of this material. Photocopying not permitted.

Preferred Citation

Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller (SC 0039), copy of transcript held by Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Loudoun Genealogy Club

Alternative Form Available

None

Accruals

1995.0053

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Hershman, 14 April 2008.

Transcript is posted online at on the Miles LeHane Group, Inc. website http://www.mileslehane.com/default.htm. Location of the original manuscript is unknown. Last known owner Eugene Trone.

Historical Information

The Harrison House, also known as the Glenfiddich House, is a well-known historic landmark in Leesburg, Virginia. Named after its original owner, Henry T. Harrison (born 1797), the House's original section was built around 1780 and expanded during the early 1840s. During the Civil War, it served as both a hospital and headquarters for the Confederate Army; Generals Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) and Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) visited at the House. Dr. Thomas Miller (died circa 1872), a prominent White House physician, and his family were relatives of the Harrisons and stayed at the House through much of the Civil War. The diary of Virginia Miller (1842-still living 1900), his daughter, was discovered when the house was sold in 1980. Janet LeHane, one of the new owners, transcribed it the diary.

Harrison House was renovated in 1980 and today serves as the headquarters for the Miles LeHane Group, Inc., a career management company that provides assistance to high-tech firms, associations, and non-profit organizations.

Scope and Content

The diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller is a photocopy of a transcription and consists of various entries between 15 November 1861 and 17 April 1862. It notes where diary pages are illegible or torn, and all pages are hole-punched. Also included is a newspaper article entitled "The Harrison House in Leesburg" which describes the Harrison House's owners, architecture, and role in the Civil War. This collection is in overall good condition but should be handled carefully.

The diary begins on 15 November 1861, a Friday night. Miller notes the arrival of the 21st Mississippi Regiment in Leesburg, as well as Union troop movements near Mathais Point and an exchange of high-ranking Union prisoners in return for Confederate privateers. Succeeding entries describe military visitors to the Harrison House from the Albemarle Cavalry of Mississippi Regiments. Miller discusses hearing cannonfire from the Battle of Ball's Bluff on October 21st, 1861 and witnessing the deaths and severe injuries of soldiers. Miller declares herself particularly moved by the death of Colonel Erasmus Burt (circa 1820-1861), a well-known Mississippi doctor who was taken to the Harrison House after receiving a mortal gunshot wound during the battle. Miller later writes of a military parade as Confederate troops moved to Centreville, and the naval victory of the Virginia (recorded on 17 April 1862). Miller concludes the diary by describing a meeting with General Robert E. Lee at Point of Rocks, Maryland.

The diary and the newspaper article are the only items in this collection.

Related Material

A catalogued copy of the Diary is also available at V REF 929.75528 LACK.

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Ancestry Library, www.ancestrylibrary.com
Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller (SC 0039), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA
Erasmus R. Burt, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmid=46793585&GRid=24331624&
Robert Edward Lee Biography, http://americancivilwar.com/south/lee.html
Melanie Miles of the Miles LeHane Group, interview with Stephanie Hunter, 21 April 2008.
Janet Lehane, interview with Stephanie Hunter, 25 April 2008.
The Miles LeHane Group, http://www.mileslehane.com/default.htm
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson Biography, http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG97/monument/jacksbio.html
Williams, Harrison. Legends of Loudoun: An Account of the History and Homes of a Border County Near Virginia's Northern Neck. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, 1938. (REF 975.528 WIL)

Location of Originals

Unknown

Other Finding Aid

None


Technical Requirements

None

Other Finding Aid

None


Bibliography

Ancestry Library, www.ancestrylibrary.com
Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller (SC 0039), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA
Erasmus R. Burt, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmid=46793585&GRid=24331624&
Robert Edward Lee Biography, http://americancivilwar.com/south/lee.html
Melanie Miles of the Miles LeHane Group, interview with Stephanie Hunter, 21 April 2008.
Janet Lehane, interview with Stephanie Hunter, 25 April 2008.
The Miles LeHane Group, http://www.mileslehane.com/default.htm
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson Biography, http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG97/monument/jacksbio.html
Williams, Harrison. Legends of Loudoun: An Account of the History and Homes of a Border County Near Virginia's Northern Neck. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, 1938. (REF 975.528 WIL)

Contents List

Folder 1: Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller, 1861-1862
Folder 2: "The Harrison House in Leesburg" article, n.d.