Sommers, Brother James Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Brother James Sommers Collection, 360 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Brother James Sommers Collection contains addresses presented and articles written by Brother James on historic men and events of the Civil War with a particular emphasis on Battle of Cool Springs (July 17-18, 1864). (1 box) Last updated 12/11

BIOGRPAHICAL/HISTORICAL: Brother James Sommers (1922-2011) lived at the Holy Cross Abbey near Berryville, VA which is the site of the Battle of Cool Springs. He delivered these addresses between 1973 and 1977. He moved to Washington D. C. after his retirement. He died on December 4, 2011 and is buried at the Holy Cross Abbey Cemetery in Clarke County, VA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection, and his obituary in the Winchester Star, December 7, 2011, pg. A2.

CITE AS: Sommers, Brother James Collection #360 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA

Note: Some of these articles and several other articles by Brother Sommers are in the Peter Meaney Collection #666.


Box 1

Civil War - "A Tribute to General Robert E. Lee," 1975, 2 items, 4 leaves, typescript

Civil War - "Heroines of the Civil War," 1976, Clarke Courier, July 4, 1976, 1 item, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Civil War - "A Tribute to General Stonewall Jackson," 1976, 2 items, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Civil War - Battle of Cool Spring (July 18, 1864), 4 items (include the following)
"The Battle at Cool Spring," 1975, 2 items, 32 leaves, typescript; 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
"The Engagement at Cool Spring Farm," 1973, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
"New Light on the Battle at Cool Spring," 1975, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)