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Robert B. Carper papers

 Collection
Identifier: 83.Jun.09

Scope and Contents

The collection includes several personal items received when Carper was a student at MCV and that he used while in the Confederate Army.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1820-1862

Creator

Language of Materials

In English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

No restrictions on use.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Benjamin Carper was born in Greenbrier, Virginia in 23 Nov. 1836. Second of seven children, Carper graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1861. While a doctor he could have joined the Army as an officer, but he refused a commission and joined the 11th Virginia Volunteers, known as the Fincastle Rifles, as an infantryman to be with his two brothers. After a one year enlistment, and in poor health, he reenlisted to stay with his brothers. Carper was injured in the Battle of Williamsburg on 5 May, 1862 and was sent to a hospital in Williamsburg where he died two weeks later on 19 May. He is buried in Williamsburg with his mother's family.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. William Bean from his family files.

Title
A Guide to the Papers of Robert B. Carper, 1820-1862
Subtitle
A Collection in Special Collections and Archives, Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Accession number 83.Jun.09
Status
Completed
Author
Jody Romero
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the VCU Health Sciences Library Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and Archives 509 N 12th St
Box 980582
Richmond Virginia 23298 USA US
(804) 828-9898