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Charles H. Dimmock Papers, 1826-1872


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Collection Overview

Charles H. Dimmock Papers, 1826-1872
Mss. 65 D59
1.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.
Primary Creator
Dimmock, Charles H. (Charles Henry) (1831-1873)
Other Creators
Dimmock, Charles (d. 1863)
Date Acquired
Forms of Material
Correspondence, Diaries, Photographs, Scrapbooks


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Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers, 1826-1872, of Charles Dimmock and Charles Henry Dimmock. Includes sketch of the life of Charles H. Dimmock; a manuscript volume containing a journal of a voyage from Norfolk to Madeira and farm journal of "Shabby Hall," Gloucester County, Va.; travel diary, 1826, of Charles Dimmock concerning travels in Venice and Germany; and papers concerning the service of Charles Henry Dimmock in the engineer's corps in the Confederate Army, some of which include work at Yorktown, Va. and having slaves help build ramparts at Petersburg, Va.

Biographical Note

Charles Dimmock of Barnstable, Mass. graduated from the United States Military Academy. He resigned from the U. S. Army in 1836. Dimmock served as colonel of ordnance in the Confederate States Army and died 27 October 1863. His son, Charles Henry Dimmock was born in Baltimore, Md. 18 October 1831. He was educated under Claude Crozet and worked as a civil engineer with various railroads. He was commissioned captain in the Confederate States Army and was responsible for fortifications at Roanoke Island and around Petersburg, Va. After the Civil War, he was city engineer of Richmond, Va. Charles Henry Dimmock died in 1873. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Charles H. Dimmock (Charles Henry)">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Charles H. Dimmock (Charles Henry)</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 1
Item 1: James A. Servies, Librarian, College of William and Mary, to Mrs. Elizabeth Noland, Gloucester County, Va. Pst. Acknowledgment of manuscripts placed on deposit. Includes August 4 list of items received from Mrs. E.N. PstD, August 9, 1965
Item 2: Life of Capt. Charles Dimmock, born October 18, 1831, died March 29, 1873 (Xerox copy included). On reverse: Copy of a paroled prisoner's pass of April 10, 1865, (Xerox copy included). AM
Item 3: Life of C.H.D. 2 pp (Xerox copy included) AM
Item 4: "Journal of a Voyage from Norfolk to Madeira" from March 15, 1825 to July 19, 1825. 11 pp. "Journal of Shabby Hall" [Gloucester County, Va.] October 13, 1835 to January 1, 1858. 96 pp. Sundry accounts 4 pp. AV., 1825-1858
Item 5: Travel diary of Charles Dimmock to Venice, across the Brenner Pass to Austria and on into Germany. 150 pp. AV, July 1, 1826
Item 6: Printed card issued by Samuel W. Dewey, Washington, in suport of the protection of Manufacturers. (Xerox copy included). PM, March 4, 1849
Item 7: Commission of Charles H. Dimmock as Captain of Engineers in the Provisional Army of the State of Virginia. Signed by John Letcher. (Xerox copy included). Endorsement on reverse stating that C.H.D. has taken the required oath. PADS, May 17, 1861
Item 8: Major General Magruder, Headquarters, Army of the Peninsula, Yorktown, Va. (Xerox copy included). Recommending Captain Charles Dimmock of the Corps of Engineers of the State of Virginia, for a commission in the Engineer Corps of the Confederate States. ACopS., January 15, 1862
Item 9: W.F. Lynch, Flag Officer, Richmond, to J.P. Benjamin. (Xerox copy included). Commending Capt. CH.H. Dimmock for his work in Superintending the construction of the military works at Roanoke Island. ACopS, February 15
Item 10: Commission of Charles H. Dimmock to the rank of First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers of the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. Signed by J.P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. Included is a "Form of Oath" blank. (Xerox copies included). PADS, Februrary 15
Item 11: Commission of C.H. Dimmock, to the ranks of Captain in the Corps. of Engineers in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. Signed by J.P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. (Xerox copy included)., March 18
Item 12: Chas. H. Dimmock, Captain Engr's in Charge, Petersburg, Va., to the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Petersburg, taken from the records of the Common Council, with record of the action of the Council. (Xerox copy included). Requesting a work force of 200 Negroes to labor on the defense works around the City. TCop., December 12
Item 13: Bond for $1,250.00 of the Confederate States of America, issued to C.H. Dimmock. Signed by Ro. Tyler, Register of the Treasury of C.S.A. PADS, January 22, 1863
Item 14: "The Daily Express," Petersburg, Va. (Xerox copy included), January 29, 1864
Item 15: Wrapper from "Daily Express," marked "Presentation of Horse to Capt. C.H. Dimmock, C.S. Engrs. by Citizens of Petersburg. C., January 29, 1864
Item 16: Cartoon with Statement, "Petersburg," The Cockade City" was under seige by Grant's army for over nine months-- the longest period that any Southern city held out against Federal capture." PM
Item 17: Wm. Mahone, Petersburg, Va. to Capt. Chas. H. Dimmock, Engineer, etc. (Xerox copy included). Application for the services of C.H.D. TCop, November 19, 1864
Item 18: Pass for a Paroled Prisoner for the Army of Northern Virginia, Capt. C.H. Dimmock, by order of Gen. R.E. Lee, signed by W.O. Dayton (Xerox copy included). PADS, April 10, 1865
Item 19: Certification that Chas. H. Dimmock has taken the Oath presented by the President of the United States. Signed by C.E. Scoville (Xerox copy included). PADS, May 25
Item 20: December 5. R.E. Lee, Lexington, to Capt. Charles H. Dimmock. Rejoicing that C.H.D. is to serve the state of Virginia in peactime. ACop, December 5
Item 21: Card with colored engraving "In Memoriam," prepared by Geo.W. Thorne, Printer, New York (Xerox copy enclosed). PM, 1871
Item 22: "Register of the Confederate Dead interred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va." 117 pp. PV, 1869
Item 23: Joseph R. Anderson, Richmond, to Joseph Hall, Richmond (Xerox copy included) Commendation of Capt. Charles H. Dimmock. ALS.C., July 16, 1872
Item 24: Certification of contribution to the Lee Monumental Association, issued to Chas. H. Dimmock. (Xerox copy included). PADS
Item 25: Sermon by unknown author. 12 leaves. ADr.
Item 26: Portfolio containing 12 pencil drawings by C.H. Dimmock and 3 proofs of engravings. SkV
Box 2
Item 1: Bound scrapbook kept by Mrs. Elizbaeth Noland containing typescripts, notes, genealogical tables and photographs. Included are extensive notes on and photographs of paintings of Augustine Warner of "Warner Hall," Charles Dimmock and members of the Selden family of Virginia. 200 pp. V
Item 2: Photostats of some of the material contained in the bound scrapbook kept by Mrs. Elizabeth Noland. Pst
Item 3: Pocket letter file of leather. MuI

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Administrative Information

Special Collections Research Center
Alternate Extent Statement
24 items
Acquisition Source
Mrs. Elizabeth Noland
Acquisition Method
Preferred Citation
Charles H. Dimmock Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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