William Augustus Parvin Papers

Manuscript Collection #536
Parvin, William Augustus, 1840-1924
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 43 page memoir, copy.
Preferred Citation
William Augustus Parvin Papers (#536), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1861-1907) including memoir, copy, rations.

Biographical/historical information

William Augustus Parvin (1840-1924), a sailor who joined a volunteer unit of the Confederate Army in Washington, N.C., was sent to Fort Hatteras and then taken as a prisoner of war when the fort surrendered to Union forces. Parvin was held at Governor's Island, N.Y., for two months and was then sent to Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, where he and W. B. Willis escaped. They then traveled through New York and Baltimore back to Washington, N.C.

Scope and arrangement

The memoir contains descriptions of the cargo on the ships which Parvin sailed to the West Indies and to Baltimore, Md., just prior to the Civil War. Parvin discusses the beginning of volunteer Confederate units and a soldier's life, drilling and spare time activities, in Washington, N.C. He describes building sand batteries to protect Ocracoke Inlet and confiscating cargo from a captured Union schooner. Fort Hatteras's surrender under General Martin and Commodore Barron to Union forces under General Butler on August 29, 1861, is described, as is Parvin's treatment, including rations he received, as a prisoner of war in New York. The account of Parvin's escape describes borrowing money to travel from New York through Philadelphia, Pa., to Baltimore, Md., and then home to Washington, N.C. Also included in the collection is some information on Parvin's career as a steamboat captain from 1877-1907.

Administrative information
Custodial History

October 2, 1987, 46 pp, copy; Civil War memoir of Confederate POW from Washington, N.C. Original in possession of Mr. Dick Parvin, Locust Hill, Virginia.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Dick Parvin

Processing information

Processed by M. Cherry, March 1988

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Parvin, William Augustus, 1840-1924
Soldiers--North Carolina--Washington
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons