The Prince Edward County Militia was formally established shortly after Prince Edward County was formed in 1754. According to early county histories, the militia mustered once every three months, for drills and training, at the Prince Edward County Courthouse in Worsham. Members of the Prince Edward County militia served during the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. The militia was disbanded shortly after the end of Civil War.Provenance
These materials were collected by Sallie Bruce Dickinson, a Prince Edward County native and historian who researched and wrote extensively on the history of the county. It is unknown, when, or by what means, this collection was acquired by the Farmville-Prince Edward County Historical Society.Scope and Content
This collection, which dates from 1777 to 1822, consists of (2) original documents pertaining to the Prince Edward County Militia in 1814, (1) original document related to the Prince Edward County Militia in 1822, and several pages of handwritten notes by Sallie Bruce Dickinson, regarding the Prince Edward County Militia and the Nottoway Militia from 1777 to 1822.Size
This collection consists of .95 linear feet contained in (1) archival flat box.Notes
There are no restrictions to access or use for research purposes.
The condition of the 1814 and 1822 muster rolls is fragile and damaged. Both items have separated creases. This condition prohibits their removal from the protective sleeves.
The finding aid for the Prince Edward County Militia Records can be viewed here.
Submissions from 1822
Prince Edward County Militia, 1822 Muster List, Capt. Henry E. Watkins
Submissions from 1814
Militia, Expenses at Bell Tavern, Richmond, VA, 1814, Wortham &. McGruden
Prince Edward County Militia, 1814 Muster List, Lt. Cdr. Henry E. Watkins