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Alfred M. Scales Papers, 1845-1954

(Manuscript Collection #48)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Alfred M. Scales Papers
Creator: Scales, Alfred M. (Alfred Moore), 1827-1892
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Letter (1864) from appealing for Governor Zebulon B. Vance's aid in acquiring a winter coat during the Civil War. Also includes unprocessed materials.
Extent: 1.3 Cubic feet, 655 items .

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

March 18, 1968, 1 item; Letter of Scales to Governor Zebulon B. Vance. Transferred from J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.

November 30, 1972, (unprocessed addition 1), 55 items; Papers (1858-1892), including correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous. Photocopies. Loaned for copying by Kate Lepine

January 18, 1973, (unprocessed addition 2), 85 items; Correspondence, 1845 - (1862-1888) - 1937. Photocopies. Loaned for copying by A. H. Scales

October 26, 1973, (unprocessed addition 3), 65 items; Correspondence, clippings, miscellaneous (1863-1910). Photocopies. Loaned for copying by Kate Lepine

January 17, 1975, (unprocessed addition 4), 449 items; Correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous (1854-1901). Photocopies. Loaned for copying by Kate Lepine

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Alfred M. Scales Papers (#48), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Scales's letter transferred from J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University
  • Loaned for copying by Kate Lepine
  • Loaned for copying A. H. Scales

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, May 1968

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Alfred Moore Scales (1827-1892) attended the University of North Carolina and afterward practiced law in Madison, N.C. For two years he was a Democratic Representative in Congress and was a presidential elector for Breckinridge and Lane. In 1861, he became a captain of the Thirteenth Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers; and in 1862, he was promoted to Brigadier General and given command of a Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, where he remained until the surrender at Appomatox in 1865. After the war, he served in the House of Commons, was again elected to Congress, and in 1884 was elected Governor of North Carolina. Zebulon B. Vance (1830-1894) was elected war governor in 1862, a post he held until the end of the conflict. In 1876, he was again elected governor and later served as United States Senator. He remained in this latter post until his death.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

In a letter, dated October 19, 1864, Brigadier General Scales appeals at length for Governor Vance's assistance in obtaining cloth for an overcoat for the approaching winter. He notes that previous attempts to obtain an overcoat from the state have failed and he hopes that the governor will intercede in his behalf. Governor Vance's affirmative reply was noted on the Scales' letter.

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entry :

  • V[ance], Z[ebulon] B[aird] 1864

Subject Entry :

  • SCALES, ALFRED MOORE

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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