Library Of Virginia To Visit Bath County Saturday, July 30th

Warm Springs, Va – In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Library of Virginia representatives are visiting all counties in the state to scan civil war documents that local residents may want to share. The Library of Virginia will make its stop in Bath County on Saturday. Richard Armstrong of Hot Springs is working with the Bath County Historical Society on the project.

“The Library of Virginia will make a digital image of the document and return that original document back to the owner” says Armstrong. “Eventually they will be placed on a website at the Library of Virginia to be enjoyed by people everywhere in the world.”

The purpose of the Library of Virginia’s 150th Legacy Project is to gather civil war documents such as letters, diaries or other documentation.

“It could be something as simple as a receipt for supplies sold to the Confederacy or to the Union government” he says. “A military pass, a letter, a letter of appointment; just anything that is dated 1861 [to] 1865 for either the Conferate or Union armies would be interest.”

Documents will be scanned at the Bath County Historical Society in Warm Springs from 9 until 5 on Saturday, July 30.

“I’m hoping to gather in documents from Bath County that I may not have seen previously” says Armstrong. “Always looking for that magic pot of letters or documents that will tell more about what has happened in Bath County during that time.”

For more information contact the Bath County Historical Society at 540-839-2543. Or you can call Richard Armstrong at 540-679-9207. If you have documents you’d like to share and can’t make it on Saturday, please call anyway and other arrangements may be worked out.

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