The Turner and Cordell Families were wealthy, influential, southern families connected through the marriage of Dr. Levi O’Connor Cordell and Christine Turner. The collection, while documenting the families generally, contains a majority of materials documenting Christine Turner Cordell and her son, Dr. Eugene F. Cordell. A large portion of the collection are letters from Christine Turner Cordell and Dr. Eugene F. Cordell. Christine’s letters are written during her childhood documenting her life in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia); education in private schools; her marriage to Dr. Levi Cordell; and their children. Dr. Eugene F. Cordell’s letters fall into two categories: his career in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and his professional and personal life as a physician and educator in Baltimore, Maryland.

Recent Submissions

  • Letter from Levi O'Connor and Christine Turner Cordell to Eugene F. Cordell on April 22, 1861

    Cordell, Levi O.; Cordell, Christine T. (1861-04-22)
    In this letter, Dr. Levi Cordell and Christine T. Cordell writes to their son Eugene F. Cordell suggesting that he stay in school until called to leave for service during the war. The letter includes information about the Cordell family's plans to leave the area should the war come to their hometown.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on July 10, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-07-10)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes his trip from Lewisburg to Charlestown to his mother. Cordell joined the Confederate Army and describes his trip over mountains and beautiful country side to join up with a regiment in Charlestown, Virginia [now West Virginia]. He describes meeting General Robert E. Lee, a family friend.
  • Letter from B.S. White to Eugene F. Cordell on April 29, 1861

    White, B.S. (1861-04-29)
    In this letter, a school friend, B.S. White, of Eugene F. Cordell describes life in the Virginia Volunteers under Lawson Botts, known as the Botts' Greys. White describes the training and living conditions of the regiment located in Harpers Ferry.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on April 28, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-04-28)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes life at school in Alexandria, Virginia and a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to his mother. He writes about his intention of joining the Confederate forces when he returns home from school. He describes drilling with his school and the number of boys who have left to join the Confederacy.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on August 11, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-08-11)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes life at White Sulphur Springs while serving in the Confederate Army to his mother, Christine Turner Cordell. He describes the hotel as well as the surrounding terraine of the Kanawha Valley in West Virginia. Eugene describes the drilling of the troops as well as the troops supplies and attire.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Levi O'Connor Cordell on October 15, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-10-15)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes to his father, Levi O'Connor Cordell about his bid for the 3rd Lieutenancy in his regiment. Cordell was unsucessful in earning the Lieutenant position. He discusses his plan to either apply for the Sergeant Majorship or move on to another regiment. He also writes about his need for new clothing.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on October 6, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-10-06)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes life in the camps to his mother, Christine Turner Cordell. He writes about the enemy's [Union Army] retreat from the mountain. He addresses news from home. The letter includes a hand drawn map of the camp.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on October 3, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-10-03)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes to his mother his regiment's position on Big Sewell mountain. He describes seeing the enemy's [Union Army] position on the mountain. Cordell describes his future plans and a bout of homesickness. He describes the attire of the leading Generals as well as the food in camp.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on September 22, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-09-22)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes about the position of the Confederate troops under Generals Wise, Floyd and Henningsen. He also describes the food in the camp and sleeping arrangements.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on September 18, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-09-18)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes his company's retreat from Camp Dogwood in West Virginia to Big Sewell Mountain in West Virginia. Cordell is serving with the 3rd Regiment under General Henry A. Wise. He describes a speech made by General Wise and Wise's conduct with his men.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on August 29, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-08-29)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes to his mother, Christine Turner Cordell about his host William Alexander. Cordell remains with Alexander while he continues to recover from measles. He writes about the Civil War, asks for new shirts, and comments on the cost of supplies.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on August 20, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-08-20)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell describes to his mother his accomodations with the family [William Alexander] of a member of his company. He describes being unwell with measles, which was running through the camp and being taken in by the Alexander family to recover. Cordell also describes the movements of Confederate forces under General Henry A. Wise and General Robert E. Lee.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on August 4, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-08-04)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes to his mother, Christine Turner Cordell about his regiments march from Weston, Virginia [now West Virginia] to Lewisburg and then onto Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs. Cordell describes a skirmish between two regiments of the Confederacy due to a mistaken warning gun shot. He also describes the hotel at the Springs and the cost of food and supplies. He is serving under General Henry A. Wise.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on July 4, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-07-04)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell alerts his mother, Christine Turner Cordell, to the arrival of his trunk from school [the Virginia Military Institute].
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Levi O'Connor Cordell dated June 3, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-06-03)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes to his father, Dr. Levi O'Connor Cordell (UMSOM Class of 1825) asking for his permission to join the Conferate Army. He outlines his strengths and concern that if he remains at home he will be marked a coward.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Amelia Cordell Harding on July 17, 1860

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1860-07-17)
    In this letter Eugene F. Cordell writes to his sister, Christine "Tina" Harding. He describes life in school and the things he is studying. An attached letter to "Brudge" discusses the upcoming 1860 election.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Christine Turner Cordell on October 18, 1861

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1861-10-18)
    In this letter Eugene F. Cordell describes camp life and happenings to his mother, Christine Turner Cordell. He describes a bout of typhoid fever in the camp as well as the poor diet. He also describes an incident where he is robbed of clothing. Additionally, he describes the movings of Confederate troops and his unsuccessful bid for Third Lieutenant in his company.
  • Letter from Eugene F. Cordell to Parents on October 7, 1860

    Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913 (1860-10-07)
    In this letter, Eugene F. Cordell writes to his mother and father about his trip to Washington, D.C. and happenings at school.