This collection contains materials dated 1784-1934. It includes correspondence, legal papers, and accounts, chiefly 1830-1892, of Benjamin S. Ewell, professor at the U.S. Military Academy, Hampden-Sydney College, Washington and Lee College, and the College of William and Mary (which he served as acting president, 1848-1849, and president, 1854-1888). Also, letters from Ewell during the Civil War when he was assistant adjutant-general to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. Among the correspondents are members of the Tyler, Ewell, Campbell, and Brown families of Virginia and Tennessee. Includes memorandum book on Ewell family by Elizabeth S. Ewell.
Later addition (2008.196) includes:
Scrapbook of mostly newspaper clippings from mid to late 1800's. Page 15 has an article, "A Yankee's description of Williamsburg." Page 66 has a clipping, "The Old Garden" by Elizabeth J. Galt. Page 155 has an article about lightning striking the home of Beverly S. Scott, son-in-law of Benjamin Ewell. Some handwritten poems and many poems in the newspaper clippings.
Ewell Family Bible, signed by Thomas Ewell. 1810, published by Williams and Whiting. Family records are in the center of the Bible, first entry is the birth of Thomas Ewell in 1784 and last entry is 1918. Contains newspaper obituaries. A few loose notes about births and deaths.
Acc. 2011.020 contains the diploma, 1832, of Benjamin Stoddert Ewell from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers in the Swem Library Special Collections' University Archives section (UA 2.06). See also a report (entitled 'diary') of B. S. Ewell, April-August 1864 (Box 5, Vol. 5) in the Joseph E. Johnston Papers for a discussion of Williamsburg during the War.
At the York County Heritage Trust:
-Folder 13416: Letter from George Hay Kain to Isabel Small, September 11, 1950 & September 14, 1950; reply from Isabel Small to George Kain, September 12, 1957 (Information on McIlwaine family residence location in York and recollections of Gen. Jubal Early's visit to the family at request of Gen. Richard Ewell, Julia's brother-in-law). -On microfilm: The Republican newspaper, April 17, 1839, marriage announcement of Benjamin S. Ewell to Julia Ann McIwaine, April 16, 1839; also bound Marriage Index to York Newspapers 1783-1850 entry. -Folder 19684, The Jere Kere Carl Scrap Book, Vol. 19, pg. 160, obituary of Mrs. Julia Ewell.