WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A Confederate Army roster is now at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
It was found in Waynesboro and the local library director gave it over to Richmond, so they could preserve it.
"By accident we ran into it. It was in our possession for a long time, but we have no record of it," said Zahir Mahmoud, the library director at the Waynesboro Public Library.
The roster of the Confederate Army's D Company 25th Regiment 2nd Brigade, was in a box in the library.
Mahmoud said the pages were brittle and it was falling apart.
"It needed immediate attention, the Library of Virginia, they have the resources," said Mahmoud.
Heritage Foundation President Shirley Bridgeforth had worked with the document and wanted to store it at the museum with a digital copy.
"I want that and also if I can't have it I want it for the commemoration of the Civil War. We planned to do the reenactment battle in 2015," said Shirley Bridgeforth, the President of the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation.
The foundation works with the Virginia Association of Museums.
It uses acid-free paper and its downstairs area is for storing historic documents.
She said they would have found a way to preserve it.
"First of all we would have had to do a little bit of fundraising but I just needed to pick up the telephone and ask someone to do that. We were never given the opportunity," said Bridgeforth.
Mahmoud said it's state record according to the General Assembly in 1884, so the library should have it.
Bridgeforth disagrees. "I know we've saved it that way but we could have saved it another way here."
We reached out to the Library of Virginia and they said they spent nearly $1,600 to preserve and digitize the document.
They will also put the images eventually on Virginia Memory, that way, everyone can see them.
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