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The Henkel Family Correspondence collection (MS C 291; 1.5 linear feet) consists of 828 letters and is largely the product of Caspar C. Henkel's (1835-1908) life.

Items dating before 1850 were written by ancestors of both Caspar and his wife, Margaretta. The bulk of the correspondence, however, is directly related to Caspar and Margaretta. Caspar retained letters written to him while he was away at medical school and in the field during the Civil War. Upon returning home from these extended absences, he apparently also collected several letters he himself had written to New Market. He also kept letters written to him from his two brothers during their medical training and afterwards when they lived and practiced away from New Market. Letters written to Margaretta from her sisters during the late 1860s and early 1870s are also included.

Unfortunately at some point before the Library's acquisition the segment of correspondence coinciding with the battle of New Market in 1864 was removed, leaving no first hand accounts of the battle in this collection.


  • Project Conception, Transcriptions/Scanning, Content Development: Jim Labosier
  • Technical Coordinator, Site Design, and Development: John Rees
  • Encoding Assistance: Sarah Eilers, Erica Haakensen, Eleanor Lynch, Kelly Quest, Elizabeth Suckow, Sandy Taylor
  • Henkel Family Photographs: James A. Miller Collection, Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives Room, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, Va.
  • Henkel Family Photographs, maps, etc.: Library of Congress
  • Location Photography: Jim Labosier

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