A Guide to the David H. Henkel Papers, 1855, 1861-1864
Born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, David H. Henkel (b. ca. 1839) attended New Market Academy in 1855 and worked as a miller in New Market. In 1861, he enlisted in the 19th Virginia Infantry’s Company G of the Confederate Army, later serving as hospital steward of McIntosh’s Battalion. During the Civil War, Henkel fought in various battles in Virginia and Kentucky, and in 1864, he married Leanna Printz.
Henkel & Kagey Family Letters, 1863-1864, Manuscript #00274, Civil War & Shenandoah Valley History, Virginia Military Institute Archives. Accessed June 14, 2011. http://www.vmi.edu/archives.aspx?id=7623.
Comprising correspondence and an essay, the David H. Henkel Papers, 1855, 1861-1864, document Henkel’s service in different divisions of the Confederate Army during the Civil War as well as his work as a student at New Market Academy. Letters written by Henkel to his brother Rev. Soc. Henkel and his wife, 1861-1864, discuss the conditions of military camps and various battles in Virginia and Kentucky, such as Bowling Green, Fairfax Station, and Shenandoah Valley. Additionally, the collection contains Henkel’s 1855 one-page essay about Thomas Jefferson, written while attending New Market Academy.
This collection is open for research use.
David H. Henkel Papers, 1855, 1861-1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers