Guide to the Thomas Lee Settle Papers, 1795-1949


Physician and Confederate surgeon, of Paris (Fauquier Co.), Va. Alleged to have pronounced the death of abolitionist John Brown. Correspondence, travel journal, bills, presecriptions, deeds, receipts, records of land sales, and other papers (chiefly 1820-1900), concerning Settle's medical career, his interests in stock raising and farming, Civil War, events in Virginia (1861-1862), the Confederate medical service, activities of military units, and other matters. Includes letters from Robert H. Simpson, an offcer of the 17th Virginia Infantry.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Thomas Lee Settle papers
Settle, Thomas Lee, 1836-1920
10 Linear Feet, 5,641 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Papers of Thomas Lee Settle (1836-1920), physician, and surgeon of the 11th Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A., include orders for the Virginia militia, 1797 and 1800; family letters to Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee; and correspondence concerning the education of the Settle children and friends at various schools and academies in Virginia, and at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. Civil War correspondence, including letters of Captain Robert H. Simpson and other Confederate soldiers, describes the battles of first Manassas, Chickahominy Swamp, and Fredericksburg, the Peninsular Campaign, crops and conditions in northern Virginia during the war, and directions for making salt. There are also records of land sales, deeds, and rent receipts; medical correspondence, prescriptions, and bills; bills and receipts for land transactions, household expenses, and apple brandy making; horse-dealing records during the Civil War; two Confederate Loan Bonds; business papers of A. H. Settle & Co., merchants of Paris, Virginia, medical diary, 1855-1858, 1861, and 1865-1866, of Thomas Lee Settle; and a diary, 1863-1864, of Thomas Lee Settle describing his activities as surgeon to the 11th Virginia Cavalry. A journal, 1863, of John S. Timberlake entitled "Trip to Florida and Salt Works, Oct. 20, 1863. With descriptions of the country and other particulars intervening on the way," contains detailed descriptions of various salt works in Georgia; "Descriptions of Florida and Health and Other Particulars (useful) as they Happen" discussing health and agricultural conditions, sugar making, and the economic conditions of Florida and Georgia plantations; and a synopsis of Adiel Sherwood's 1860 Gazetteer of Georgia. Postwar materials include Sunday school record book, 1884; letters from soldiers in the Spanish-American War discussing camp life in Florida, the Rough Riders, courts-martial, and desertion; letter, 1909, from T. C. Evans, dean of the Medical Department, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky discussing his department; letters from Edgar Ackley Moore (d. 1924), physician, to his wife Pauline (Settled Moore, daughter of Thomas Lee Settle, while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Reserve Corps during World War I, describing camp life and his experiences in America and France, the work of the Young Men's Christian Association and the American National Red Cross in France, casualties, prisoners, hospitals, and physicians; papers relating to Moore's Masonic affiliation; ledger, 1905-1907, and accounts, 1906-1912, of Edgar Ackley Moore; literary reviews; medical pamphlets; and scrapbooks and exercise books. Volumes consist of medical visiting and account books, 1855-1914, commonplace books, 1852-1867, daybook, 1901-1905, expense book, 1870-1880, ledgers, 1867-1913, and record book, 1856-1857, of Thomas Lee Settle; account book for the John Horn estate; pamphlets, including one on the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and another on a silver mining scheme in Canada, entitled Julian Hawthorne and Company (1909); a stallion service book; and photographs. Other papers include genealogical information, original poetry, and legal documents and wills.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1794-1876
Box 1
Papers, 1877-1888
Box 2
Papers, 1889-1893
Box 3
Papers, 1894-1904
Box 4
Papers, 1905-1911
Box 5
Papers, 1912-1919
Box 6
Papers, 1920-1929
Box 7
Papers, 1930-1955 and undated.
Box 8
Papers, undated.
Box 9
Legal Papers, 1772-1951
Box 10
School Reports, 1885-1890
Box 10
Newspaper Clippings
Box 10
Printed Materials
Box 10
Medical Papers
Box 10
Box 10
Bills and Receipts, 1770-1869
Box 11
Bills and Receipts, 1870-1877
Box 12
Bills and Receipts, 1878-1886
Box 13
Bills and Receipts, 1887-1898
Box 14
Bills and Receipts, 1899-1944 and undated.
Box 15
Printed Materials
Box 15
Box 15
Account Volumes, 1861-1904
Box 16
Account Volumes, 1905-1920
Box 17
Miscellaneous Volumes
Box 17
Medical Notebook and Account Book, 1855-1866
Box 18
Medical Records for the 11th Virginia Cavalry (1863-1865)
Box 18
Account Book, 1867-1870
Box 18
Sunday School Records
Box 18
Wesleyan Catechism
Box 18
Blair's Pocket Therapeutics
Box 18
Physician's Handy Memorandum Book
Box 18
The Taylor Pocket Case Book
Box 18
Miscellaneous Writings and Volumes (especially concerning medical topics)
Box 18
Volume, 1867-1873
Volume F:6478
Volume, 1871-1881
Volume F:6479
Volume, 1872-1880
Volume F:6596
Volume, 1873-1877
Volume F:6597
Volume, 1879-1886
Volume F:6599
Volume, 1882-1890
Volume F:6600
Volume, 1888-1892
Volume F:6601
Volume, 1901-1905
Volume F:6602
Volume L:6880
Volume L:6471
Volume L:6595
Volume L:6598
Volume M:6466
Volume M:6594

Historical Note

Physician and Confederate surgeon, of Paris (Fauquier Co.), Va. Alleged to have pronounced the death of abolitionist John Brown.

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The Thomas Lee Settle Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1955.

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