Julia Chase Collection, 544 THL

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of the Civil War diary kept by Julia Chase from 1861 to 1864, an index to the diary, and her obituary of 1906. There is also a copy of an article that appeared in the Winchester Evening Star, dated December 20, 1927, stating Miss Chase gave the diary to Dr. W. S. Miller, who then passed it on to his daughter, Miss Katie Miller, both of Winchester. Miss Miller donated the diary to Handley Library in 1927. (1 box) Last updated 01/19/2011

Biographical/Historical: Julia Chase was the daughter of Charles Chase. She was born in Maine in 1831 to Charles and Nancy Chase. An aunt was married to George Miller of Winchester, and her family moved to the city when she was young. She resided on North Loudoun Street in Winchester, VA during the Civil War and continued to live in Winchester until her death on March 15, 1906. Chase became a prominent member of Winchester society and a member of the Presbyterian Church. She is buried in Winchester’s Mt. Hebron Cemetery.
See also: Winchester Divided: The Civil War Diaries of Julia Chase and Laura Lee, ed. Michael G. Mahan. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, 2002. 975.599 Mah.

Bibliography: Foreman, Michael M., Some Worthy Women, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 2007, pgs. 22.

Cite As: Julia Chase Collection, 544 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Box 1

Chase, Julia –Diary, July 2, 1861-Sept. 25, 1864 (includes Pt.1 and Pt.2), 1 item, bound, typescript

Chase, Julia –Diary, May 1863-Sept. 25, 1864 (Pt.2), 1 item, bound, typescript

Chase, Julia –Index to diary, July 2, 1861-Feb.8, 1863 (Pt.1), 8 leaves, typescript

Chase, Julia –Index to diary, May 1863-Sept. 25, 1864 (Pt.2), 27 leaves, typescript (carbon copy)

Chase, Julia –Obituary, autographs, 3 leaves, printed; 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)