Alfred M. Scales Papers

Manuscript Collection #48
Scales, Alfred M. (Alfred Moore), 1827-1892
Physical description
1.3 Cubic Feet, 655 items
Preferred Citation
Alfred M. Scales Papers (#48), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Letter (1864) from appealing for Governor Zebulon B. Vance's aid in acquiring a winter coat during the Civil War. Also includes unprocessed materials.

Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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

Source of acquisition

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

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
Scales, Alfred M. (Alfred Moore), 1827-1892--Correspondence
Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894--Correspondence
Corporate Names
Confederate States of America. Army--Officers
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies