Box 52, Box 84
Consists of a small collection of family papers pertaining to the experiences of the Ware family during the American Civil War. The Wares were a white settler family, headed by Josiah William Ware (1802-1883), that owned a Virginia plantation called Springfield, where they enslaved at least twenty African Americans. Josiah W. Ware, as well as his sons James Alexander Ware (1832-1896) and Charles Alexander Ware (1841-1915), served in various roles in the military forces of the Confederate States of America. The four letters in the collection provide detailed descriptions of the military situation in western Virginia in 1863, including numerous accounts of Union raids and discussions of the role of enslaved and free Black people in warfare.