Summary Information
Title: James Veech Copybook of the General William Irvine Papers
Collection Number: DAR.1925.11
Creator: Veech, James, 1808-1879

Collection Dates: 1778-1822
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)

Language: English

Abstract:
The collection consists of a single bound volume containing copies of extracts from Brigadier General William Irvine’s book and papers. Irvine commanded Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 6, 1781 to September 30, 1783. During that time, Fort Pitt served as the headquarters for the western theatre during the Revolutionary War. One section of this collection is comprised of copies of letters to and from General Irvine, as well as summaries of orders he issued and courts-martials he presided over while in command of Fort Pitt. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

June 2008
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Shaun Hayes.
Revision Description:
November 2009:
Controlled access terms revised (dar)

History

Brigadier General William Irvine commanded Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 6, 1781 to September 30, 1783. During that time, Fort Pitt served as the headquarters for the western theatre during the Revolutionary War. This collection consists of copies of excerpts from General Irvine’s papers. The copies were created by James Veech in 1859.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists of a single bound volume containing copies of extracts from Brigadier General William Irvine’s book and papers. The copies were created by James Veech in 1859. The volume is comprised of three sections. The first section, dating between 1778 and 1780, consists of memoranda and extracts from the orderly book General Lachlan McIntosh and Colonel David Brodhead. The second section consists of copies of letters addressed to and from General William Irvine, as well as summaries of orders he issued and courts-martial he presided over during 1781 to 1783, his time as commander of Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The third section contains miscellaneous letters and memoranda from the Irvine papers dating from 1778 to 1792. All of the materials in the sections are in chronological order. It is difficult to determine to what degree the section of Irvine’s correspondence during his command at Fort Pitt is complete. A large part of the section detailing Irvine’s command at Fort Pitt consists of summaries of orders issued.


Arrangement

The arrangement of this collection consist of one volume.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Military administration -- Pennsylvania -- Fort Pitt

Personal Names
  • Brodhead, David
  • Irvine, William, 1741-1804
  • McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806
  • Veech, James, 1808-1879

Locations
  • Fort Pitt (Pa.) -- History -- Archival resources
  • Pennsylvania -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Archival resources
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- History -- Archival resources
  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Archival resources

Occupations
  • Officers (Military officers)
  • Soldiers

Genres/Forms
  • Correspondence
  • Orderly books

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Part of the original donation of William M. Darlington’s family library to the University of Pittsburgh in 1918 and 1925 by his daughters, Edith Darlington Ammon and Mary Carson Darlington.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.

Custodial History:

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.

Preferred Citation:

James Veech Copybook of the General William Irvine Papers, 1778-1822, DAR.1925.11, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Shaun Hayes in May 2008.

Copyright:

No copyright restrictions.

Related Material:

Darlington Autograph Files, 1610-1914, DAR.1925.07, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Draper Manuscripts: [General] William Irvine Papers, 1776-1834, Wisconsin Historical Society, Archives Division

[General] William Irvine Family Papers, 1785-1811, Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections

Irvine-Newbold Family Papers, Collection 1890, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Daniel Brodhead Papers, 1779-1781, DAR.1925.04, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Daniel Brodhead Papers, 1775-1846, Wisconsin Historical Society, Archives Division

Bibliography:

  • Butterfield, Consul Willshire, ed. Washington-Irvine Correspondence. The Official Letters Which Passed Between Washington and Brig.-Gen. William Irvine and Between Irvine and Others Concerning Military Affairs in the West from 1781 to 1783. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, 1882.


Collection Inventory

Box 1
Volume 1 James Veech Copybook of the General William Irvine Papers, 1778-1822