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Edwin Floyd Wiley Memoir and Photograph

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0433

This collection houses a handwritten manuscript entitled War Experiences of Edwin Floyd Wiley documenting Wiley's military service during the Civil War as well as a photograph of Wiley himself.

Dates

  • 1861-1865

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a handwritten manuscript entitled War Experiences of Edwin Floyd Wiley documenting Wiley's military service during the Civil War as well as a photograph of Wiley himself.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin Floyd Wiley was born to Henry Howard and Mary Burke Buchanan (Boyd) Wiley in Tennessee in January of 1839. When the Civil War began, he was living in Oliver Springs. After being told that he would be jailed if he did not enlist, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 5th Tennessee Infantry in 1861. In 1864, he was shot through the arm while passing through Union and Confederate lines and was evacuated to Lookout Mountain Officers' Hospital. While attempting to return to the front lines after his discharge, Wiley was captured by Confederate soldiers. Although he made several creative escape attempts, he was eventually brought to Castle Morgan POW camp in Alabama. Wiley and several other prisoners were eventually freed in a POW exchange between the Confederate and Union armies in the vicinity of Mississippi.

After the war ended, Wiley returned to Tennessee. He married Mary Catherine McAdoo in about 1872, and the couple had at least ten children: Edwin McAdoo (1873-1924), Emma May (1874-1970), Eleanor H. (1876-1977), Anna Catherine (1879-1958), William (1881-1881), Henry (1881-1881), Mary Virginia (1882-1970), John Ernest (1884-1975), Robert Alexander (1889-1966), and Noel Floyd (1890-1977). Edwin Wiley died on June 5, 1919 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Miss May Wiley donated these materials to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library in 1969.

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of Edwin Floyd Wiley's memoir can be found as a PDF.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult MS.0081, Edwin F. Wiley Papers. Researchers should note that Special Collections also holds a collection of sketches made by Edwin Wiley's oldest daughter, Anna Catherine, in MS.1287, Anna Catherine Wiley Sketches Collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480