Peter Meaney Collection, 666 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection contains the research notes of Father Peter Joseph Meaney for his book Civil War Engagement at Cool Springs, July 18, 1864. The material includes copies of original documents, notes on Father Meaney’s research on the battle, maps that were for research and some originals that appear in the book, articles on the battle written by Brother James Sommers, and photographs of the battlefield taken by Father Meaney. (2 boxes) Last updated 11/10.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Father Peter Meaney took his vows in 1949, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1951 at St. Mary’s Abbey. After his ordination he earned an M.A. in theology from Catholic University. Father Meaney’s primary interests were teaching and coaching track, and he spent almost his entire career doing both at Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ. He was also deeply interested in the Civil War, and wrote the only definitive history of the Battle of Cool Springs. Father Meaney died in 2006.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the obituary card found in the collection under author

CITE AS: Peter Meaney Collection #666, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Box 1

Author – Biography of Father Peter J. Meaney. O.S.B from his obituary card, one item, printed

Bibliographies – Battle of Cool Springs, VA, 49 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Brother James Sommers – Articles on the Battle of Cool Springs,
Battle of Cool Springs is 125 Years Old by Brother James Sommers, The Clarke Courier, July 13, 1989, one leaf, printed (photocopy)

Brother James and his Hotchkiss Shells, Battle of Cool Springs Exhumed at Holy Cross Abbey, six pages, printed

New Light on the Battle of Cool Springs , by Brother James Sommers, five leaves, typescript

Battle of Cool Springs, Monday – July 18, 1864 , by Brother James Sommers, five leaves, typescript

The Engagement at Cool Springs, by Brother James Sommers, 12 leaves, typescript

Tragedy at Cool Springs , by Brother James Sommers, three leaves, typescript

Yankees turned Back at Cool Springs , by Brother James Sommers, four leaves, typescript

Casualties from the Battle of Cool Springs, July 18, 1864 notes, 24 leaves manuscript (photocopy), seven leaves, manuscript

Chickering, Dwight – 34th Mass Infantry --Notes on service record, death, and burial, 34th Massachusetts Infantry, Battle of Cool Springs, July 18, 1864

Magazine Articles, News Clippings, Book Excerpts, folder includes the following:

A Time to Acquit, The Court Martial of the “Late” William O. Douglas by Arthur Candenquist, Blue and Gray Magazine, August, 1997, two leaves, printed (photocopy)

Battle of Cool Springs, July 18, 1864 , Proceedings of the Clarke County Historical Society, Volume XV, 1963-1964, eight leaves, printed (photocopy)

Fallen Rebel’s Spirit Put to Rest by Denise Jarrett, The Birmingham New, Aug. 3, 1989, two leaves, printed (photocopy)

The Hard-times of an Ex-Confederate , by Maj. Edwin H. McDonald, Civil War Times Illustrated, Oct., 1986, six leaves, printed (photocopy)

A “Right Smart Little Fight” by Peter J. Meaney, Civil War Magazine, Volume XX, pgs. 18-24, one item, printed

Excerpt from the book 45th Virginia Infantry by J. L. Scott, pgs. 44-45, 64- 73,124-127, nine leaves, printed (photocopy), one leaf, manuscript

General was at Church: Cool Springs Battle Fought 100 Years Ago , The Winchester Evening Star, one leaf printed (photocopy)

Snicker’s Gap War by Jeff E. Wert, nine leaves, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts from the book 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters by Michael West, pgs. 126-131, 138-139, 311-321, 13 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts from the book Adventures of an Autograph Collector by Robert Williams, Exposition Press, five leaves, printed (photocopy)

Maps – Battle of Cool Springs, 29 leaves, typescript

Miscellaneous Notes by Peter Meaney on the Battle of Cool Springs, VA, 49 leaves, manuscript, 14 leaves, printed (photocopy), 10 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

National Register of Nomination of Cool Springs Battlefield by Clarence Geier and Joseph Whitehorne, 93 pages, printed

National Tribune – Articles about the Battles of Snicker’s Gap and Cool Springs copied by Peter Meaney, 18 pages, manuscript

Snickers Gap – Articles, Photographs (photocopies), and Notes on Snickers Gap, 14 leaves, typescript (photocopies), three leaves, manuscript

Statistics, Order of Battle, Service Record – Battle of Cool Springs, VA, July 18, 1864, 34 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Soldier’s Accounts -- Confederate – Battle of Cool Springs, VA, July 18, 1864

folder includes the following:

Bomar, Major Tom, 38th Georgia -- Letter dated July 23, 1864, four leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Early, General Jubal – Letters dated June 28, 1864, July 7, 1864, July 22, 1864, eight leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Excerpt from the book Confederate Military History, Volume VIII, by Clement A Evans, pgs.477-515, 591-593, 684, 25 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts from the book, Confederate Military History, Volume X, by Clement A. Evans, pgs. 274-275; 320-321. five leaves, printed (photocopy)

Kenan, Thomas S., Sketch of the Duplin Rifles (Company C, Second North Carolina Infantry), pgs. 1-12, eight leaves, printed (photocopy)

Rodgers, Colonel, Journal of – 2nd Maryland, July 21-22, 1864, three leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Sheeran, Rev. James B., War Journal, July 16-19, 1864, five leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Soldier’s Accounts -- Union – Battle of Cool Springs, July 18, 1864

folder includes the following:

Excerpt from The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War” by Willard J. Brown, Chapter XXII, six leaves, printed (photocopy)

Farrar, Pa. Cav. –excerpt from an unknown book, five leaves, printed (photocopy)

“Rickett’s Arrival in Balt on 8th”, author and book unknown, one leaf, printed (photocopy)

Excerpt from the book, All for the Union by Elisha Hunt Rhodes, page 172 only, two leaves, printed (photocopy)

The Diary of Colonel Joseph Thoburn, “Hunter’s Raid, 1864”, five leaves, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts form the book The Second Rhode Island Regiment by Augusta Woodbury, pgs 287-288, four leaves, printed (photocopy)

Strother Colonel, Report of, Rebellion Record, five leaves, printed (photocopy)

Sixth Vermont Infantry – Letters from members of the regiment, five leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Wormley House and Papers, 25 leaves

 

BOX 2

Clarke County 1836-1936 by Arthur Bowie Chrisman, Clarke Courier Press, Berryville, VA., 32 pages, printed

Proceedings of The Clarke County Historical Society , Volume XXI (1979-1980), contains Civil War Engagement at Cool Springs, July 18, 1864 by Peter J. Meaney on pgs. 16-82, 94 pages, printed

The Engagement at Cool Springs, July 18, 1864 by Peter J. Meaney, O.S.B.,

Excerpts from Regimental Histories on the Battle of Cool Springs compiled by Father Peter Meaney (Navy Blue book), 192 pages, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts from Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Volume 37, Part 1, and newspaper articles on the Battle of Cool Springs compiled by Father Peter Meaney (Green book), 192 pages, printed (photocopy)

Excerpts from General Works and Diaries on the Battle of Cool Springs complied by Father Peter Meaney (Red book), 192 pages, printed (photocopy)

Mosby, John S and Clarke, Pauline – Marriage License, December 30, 1856, Davidson County, TN, 4 leaves, manuscript and printed (photocopy)