Browse Items (850 total)

1870UnitedStatesFederalCensus james grimsley.jpg
In this Federal census record Mary e Grimsley the widow of Awustine W Grimsley is listed as the head of household. In this record Mary's occupation is listed as farmer and the value of her real state is
$500 and the value of her personal state is…

1860UnitedStatesFederalCensus_Virginia_Fairfax_S_augustine 2.jpg
In the 1860 Federal census record Agustine W Grimsley is listed as the head of household. In this year he is listed as a farmer, the value of his is real state is $800 and the value of his personal state is $200. This is the last census record were…

excerpt from CC trial .JPG
This is an excerpt from the testimony from Charles W. Coleman's trial transcript. This witness describes the accused acting in concert with Dr. William B. Day to bring heads back from deceased Union soldiers at the Manassas Battlefield and place them…

1870 census.jpg
This is the page from the 1870s census record that lists Dr. William B. Day, his wife Emily, their children (Sarah, Roberta, Annie, William B. Jr.). This record also lists Dr. William B. Day's half-brother, Dr. John T. Day and his wife Elizabeth. Two…

Local News 11:29:1861 with marker.jpeg
This article lists the citizens of Dranesville that were arrested for the alleged murder of Union pickets at Lowe's Island. This article also mentions the alleged decapitation perpetrated by Dr. William B. Day on Union soldiers from the Battle of…

Seat of war Dranesville, manassas and lowes island.png
This map shows Dranesville (the residence of Dr. William B. Day), Sugarland Run (the river that runs alongside Lowe's Island, the location of the ambush of Union Pickets), the Bull Run Battlefield (where Dr. Day was said to have cut off heads of…

Philip Carper Letter.jpg
This is the transcription of a letter from Philip Carper (one of the men arrested with Dr. William B. Day for murdering Union Pickets at Lowe's Island) to his sister, Kate while he was being held at Old Capitol Prison. Mr. Carper warns his sister…

Drainesville Case.jpg
This record catalogues the charges brought against Dr. William B. Day, his half-brother Dr. John T. Day, and their co-conspirators: John B. Farr, John and Charles Coleman, Richard Gunnell, Philip Carper, and John T. DeBell. These men were all…

Executive Order Number 2.jpg
At the request of General George McClellan and ordered by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, a commission was created to examine the cases regarding state prisoners. This commission was headed by Major General John Dix and the Honorable Edwards…

new mayfield picture.png
This is a current photo of the house in which Dr. William B. Day, his wife Emily, and their eight children used to live in what is now Herndon, VA.
Output Formats

atom, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-xml, rss2