[Civil War/General Wharton Ownership] 19 vols. incl. 15 surveys owned by Civil War Confederate Gen. Wharton.
++ 15 surveying manuscripts. From the collection of Gabriel Colvin Wharton (Confederate Brigadier General) and the Wharton family, but not in his hand. The land is in southwestern Virginia. Mostly numerical data, but also many sketch maps. Mostly pencil. Mostly 12mo. Contemp leather. Condition varies; some good to very good, others significantly stained, occasional leaf removal. Titles, when present, may be handwritten on the manuscript’s ffep and/or a front cover label. Includes: No 1: Preliminary Survey of Va K. and A. R. R. No. 1. Tazewell Corpse 1881./ No 1. Walker’s Creek Division/ No 2: Level Notes Of Location, Walker’s Creek Division/ Level Book Containing Line S. East Walker Creek Div/ Level Book No 3 Running West From Col. Compton’s/ Main Line E From New River Depot To Station 1505_13, Walker’s Creek Division/ Level Book Containing Line C. Walker’s Creek Div./ Topography No 4, Sinking Creek & Eagle Rock line, 1882/ Book containing a part of Line E revised from station 51 + 53/ No 5 Levelbook New River (DeRussy’s) Division/ Level Book No 8/ Thorn’s Levels. Ry. X A. R. Rd. 1881./ Thorn/ Levels. Oct 1881/ Va Ky… station Clark Creek/ No 14, Continuation of Cripple Creek Line from Level Book No 13/ Transit Book No 5: Line From…./ No 20 [untitled]. Gabriel C. Wharton graduated from VMI in 1847. Wharton fought in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek, New Market, and Waynesboro. During much of the war, Wharton was in southwestern Virginia, where his brigade guarded railroads. As a civilian, Wharton was a mining engineer, including work in Arizona before the War. While in the West, he also engineered military roads and worked for the General Land Office. Wharton co-founded the New River Valley Railroad, Mining, and Manufacturing Company. As a member of the General Assembly, Wharton was able to get legislation passed to grant the company its charter. The Company’s first major goal was to build a rail line from the Pocahontas coal fields (in West Virginia) to the Central train depot in Central, VA, halfway between Bristol and Lynchburg, VA. A few years later, Central City was renamed Radford after John B. Radford (the father of Nellie Radford, who married Gabriel C. Wharton in 1863). ++ [Manuscript] FORM BOOK OF G C WHARTON’S HOUSE KEPT BY J P THORN OCT 1873… (title handwritten on front wrap in pencil and not entirely legible). Consists of handwritten records, some listing commodities (coffee, sugar, socks, etc.). Others list work performed. Mostly 1873, mostly pencil. 16mo. Many leaves partly or entirely removed, lacking rear wrap. ++ Frank T. Daniels. A TEXT-BOOK OF TOPOGRAPHICAL DRAWING. D. C. Heath & Co., (1907). Ffep signed “W. R. Wharton Jr. 194 E Div./ Desk 135.” W. R. Wharton Jr. was the grandson of G. C. Wharton. Cloth. Good, foxing, some dampstain. ++ Thomas Bruce. SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND SHENANDOAH VALLEY. Richmond: J. L. Hill Publishing, 1891. Orig cloth worn, losses to covers. ++ RADFORD: THE COMING IRON CENTRE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE PLACE, WITH A STATEMENT OF IS PRESENT RESOURCES AND PROBABLE FUTURE. Radford: H. H. Powers & Company, Real Estate Agents, (1890). 32pp, folding plate. Wraps separated/worn Dampstained, title toned, soiling to front wrap and margin of title. Pp6-9 describe the early history of Wharton’s New River Railroad, Mining, and Manufacturing Company. ++ KNOW YOUR STATE: VIRGINIA. (Standard Oil, 1925). Softcover; very good. ++ [small flyer] Radford Theatre: Monthly Program, December. (nd). [1900s.]
++ Sold with all faults. 8.5 Lb.