Guide to the John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch Papers, 1821-1932


Confederate officer and businessman, of Martinsburg, W. Va. Correspondence, accounts, receipts, statements, muster rolls, orders, genealogical notes, and other personal, business, and military papers, of Nadenbousch and of his family. The bulk of the collection consists of business papers, mostly relating to Nadenbousch's flour mill and distillery. Includes material concerning the Berkeley Border Guards (later Co. D., 2d Regt., Virginia Infantry) and the Stonewall Brigade; public affairs in Martinsburg, W. Va.; the Berkeley Co. Agricultural and Mechanical Association; and activities of the West Virginia legislature.

Collection Details

Collection Number
John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch papers
Nadenbousch, John Quincy Adams, 1824-1892
8 Linear Feet, 3284 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Papers of John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch, his son-in-law, Alexander Parks, Jr., and other members of his family. The collection contains material relating to the operation of flour mills by John Q. A. Nadenbousch before the Civil War; the constitution of the Berkeley Border Guards formed in Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1859, and items relating to the subsequent service of that unit in the Civil War as a company of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, including letters of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson to his officers, commissary accounts, muster rolls, provost marshal records, and a manuscript draft of a report by John Q. A. Nadenbousch as colonel of the 2nd Virginia Regiment describing the experiences of that regiment in the fight at Culp's Hill, July 2, 1863, during the battle of Gettysburg; correspondence of John Q. A. Nadenbousch as agent of the Hannis Distilling Company of Baltimore, Maryland, engaged in the operation of a distillery at Martinsburg, West Virginia; letters relating to the management of the Grand Central Hotel in Martinsburg, 1878; and letters concerning John Q. A. Nadenbousch's general financial condition after the Civil War. Papers of Alexander Parks, Jr., concern his position as local agent for Hannis Distilling Company in Martinsburg after 1874; his participation in civic affairs in Martinsburg; and his work in the Democratic Party, including his election to the state senate of West Virginia in 1890. Papers of John Nadenbousch Parks, son of Alexander Parks, Jr., include letters to his family while he was a student at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, 1893, and letters, 1917, to John N. Parks while he was a member of the legislature of West Virginia. Letters, 1895, of Elise Parks, daughter of Alexander Parks, Jr., concern her life as a student at Virginia Female Institute, Staunton, Virginia. Volumes in the collection include a treasurer's notebook, 1852, of a local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; a sheriff's account book, 1825-1841, from Jefferson County, West Virginia; an account of tax levies in Jefferson County; a ledger of John Q. A. Nadenbousch, 1872-1878; and notes and accounts of the Berkeley County Agricultural and Mechanical Association.

Correspondence includes a letter (1863) from U. S. senator Charles James Faulkner and two letters from Charlotte R. Pendleton of Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co., W. Va. One letter was written by her to Eldridge, her slave, expressing her concern for his well-being and her affection for him. The second is from Pendleton to Nadenbousch, begging him to send Eldridge home from the job for which he was conscripted in her absence.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1821-1867, June
Box 1
Papers, 1867 July-1871
Box 2
Papers, 1872-1877
Box 3
Papers, 1878-1885 July
Box 4
Papers, 1885 Aug.-1925
Box 5
Papers, undated
Box 6

2. Volumes, 1825-1932

5 volumes
Account book of Sheriff, Jefferson Co., W. Va., 1825-1841
Volume S:2587
Account book of tax levies, Jefferson Co., W. Va., undated
Volume S:2588
Methodist Episcopal Church [?] class book, 1829-1848
Volume M:2703
Methodist Episcopal Church: Reports of Joint Hymnal Commission, 1932
Volume M:2704
Ledger, 1872-1878
Volume L:3070

Historical Note

Confederate officer and businessman, of Martinsburg, W. Va.

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The John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1934-1949.

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