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 Serial/Series Title: The David W. Fentress Family Letters, 1856-1969
 Collection: The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives
[Letter from David Fentress,1863]
Partial letter from David Fentress to an unknown recipient. In the letter he describes his new location near bayous and lakes, and compares it to Brazos Bottom. He also discusses the living arrangements of him and his men, and mentions that he has lost one man in his time there. He ends the letter hoping to be home by Christmas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160261/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara, February 22, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara states that he handed Major Morgan money and candy for his family. Dr. Fentress gives her instructions on how to retrieve it and what debts to pay. He give an update on his health. He also has received an invitation from Colonel Groce for a "gathering." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160266/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 15, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, describing various aspects of his life, including gifts he has purchased for her, as well as his current living conditions. He also includes details about plants that he has seen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160281/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 25, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara describing a recent purchase he made for gifts for her and the family. He also discusses his personal finances and requests that she assist him in tailoring a uniform. He also includes his shopping list, which describes each item and it's cost. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160283/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, August 30, 1862]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife, Clara recounting the news of the war; his movements; his assessment of the territory he has crossed and whether it would be good farm land; his and his friends health; what is being eaten; and finally declaring his devoted love for his wife and family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160248/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, December 7, 1864]
Letter from the David Fentress to "My Dear Wife" (Clara Fentress). The letter is badly faded. It appears to inform the recipient that the writer is about to take a trip of several days. The trip may have been delayed so he can "wait until all danger is past." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160277/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, February 26, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife, Clara Fentress requesting money to purchase a saddle as well as urging her to write him more regularly. Towards the end of the letter, he tells her that he has read that several foreign nations have begun to recognize the confederacy and he also speculates on the events of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160278/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, July 17, 1862 ]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife, Clara, stating that he will be allowed ten days leave so that his uniform can be made at home; he gives information on the welfare of family and friends; and says he gets paid $20.00 monthly; he also gives news of the war including a victory over George McClellan, that Vicksburg still holds out, and the movement of Northern troops. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160247/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, May 6, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara requesting various things, including food, linens and a horse. He also discusses the lumber market and mentions being ill. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160284/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, September 11, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara Fentress, describing his new orders to Houston, Texas. He also discusses the possibility of a leave of absence. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160275/
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara, July 8,1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding war news and concern for her finances. He asks about the cane crops and talks about buying a horse. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160337/
[Letter from David Fentress to his Aunt, July 21, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his aunt in which he catches up on family news and comments on the daughter he has not yet met. He says that he sent a prescription to his wife to help heal her facial problem. He says he told William Berry of his son's death. Then he recounts speculation on Clara Berry's association with Dr. Van Dorn. He notes that a plantation house has been turned into a hospital and that one third of his men are sick. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160260/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, April 10, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, April 10, 1865. The letter is extremely faded and can no longer be read. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160280/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, April 16, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara. The writing is very faded and difficult to read. At one point he seems to be discussing slavery. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160282/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 7, 1863]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara requesting that she look after the orchard, plant grapes, and care for the garden. He states his interest in teaching his daughters how to garden and "kitchen education" before other branches of learning. He describes his health and says that he has not lost any of his sick soldiers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160255/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 9, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which tells her how often he has been receiving mail from her; troop movements and his speculation on what the Northern Army will do; how the populace is treated when the U. S. Army moves into their territory; illness among the men; his health; and seeds for his garden. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160256/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 16, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara was written while he was on the march in Louisiana. He describes the troops that are gathered and speculates on the purpose of their movements. He mentions that he has been invited to dine with Captain McDavid. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160271/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 25, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he states how upset he is that he has not heard form her since June. He recounts a bad dream he had. He updates her on his effort to gain a leave of absence and a transfer. He also describes his health. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160273/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 28, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara describing the toll that sickness has taken on the Confederate troops; troop movements; demoralized troops deserting and going home; his personal health; and comments on family news. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160257/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 30, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the difficulties he faces applying for a transfer and/or a leave of absence. He states that he has 110 men in hospitals. Dr. Fentress's brigade is to march to Arkansas and only waits for Hardeman's Brigade to arrive. He also states that his men look forward to leaving Louisiana and moving to Arkansas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160274/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he writes about having fevers and waiting for his box of medicines to arrive. His slave, Al, is sick, so he is having to wait upon the sick,feed his own horses, and do his own cooking. He argues that the losses at Vicksburg, Charleston, or Richmond do not mean that the South is conquered. He says that the North has an advantage with gun boats. He also writes about family, the health of family and friends. He talks about fabric for new pants and vest. He has new orders to move to Pine Bluff. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160332/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 10, 1862]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he asks her to write longer letters with news of her and the children; his hopes for an end to the war in the spring; the shortage of physicians and why that makes it impossible for him to receive a furlough; the difficulty in receiving newspapers that have been subscribed to; news of the war; Abraham Lincoln's success in bringing people in west Tennessee to support the north; the difficulty in sending items home because he does not think they would get there; the sick making their way to the general hospital and a list of individuals who have died; his dislike for the people of Arkansas; the support of the people of Texas for the troops; the cost of wheat; his personal health; and his attendance at the funeral of Governor Jackson of Missouri. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160250/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 18, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the finances at home and clothing. He mentions the worth of Confederate money is low, his transfer out of the field, and asked Clara to write more often. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160338/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 21, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara telling her that he is sending food, candy, and cloth. He requests that she sew the cloth into drawers and send them back to him. He states his salary will be $110 per month. He then lists his expenses. He tells Clara he has had Yellow Fever. He requests cotton socks. He ends by regretting not being able to spend Christmas with his family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160272/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 30, 1864]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding his being ordered to take charge of Hospital No. 2 in Houston. The letter is badly faded, but it appears that he is discussing his plans for travel to take up his post. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160276/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 10, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara which starts out with a description of his health. He recounts the his encounters with the people living near his camp; the cost of housing; eating with Captain Weir; and the cost of common goods. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160263/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 19, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding his trip to Houston to acquire medicine for his troops. He gives details of his trip, how much he spent, and his plans to send his wife some money. He passes on news of the war. He says that the Monitor Fleet is a failure. He also speculates on the future of the war. He gives an update on his health. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160265/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 22, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the order from Captain Weir stating that the men are to report to their captains in their respective counties. He writes of his plans to return home. He also gives an update on his health. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160267/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 27, 1864]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife stating that his brigade has been furloughed and requesting that she come to collect him in Bastrop. He has been sick since the party at Colonel Groce's and she needs to bring a wagon or ambulance to move him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160268/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara Fentress, March 1, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara that is badly faded. It appears that he is setting up a room. He also seems to be making plans to visit home. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160279/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 12, 1863]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara informing her of his improving health; the continuing problems of sickness among the troops; the movement of the troops; a description of how his wife can treat a problem with her face; and news of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160253/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 18, 1863]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he tries to set the record straight on his relationships with other women before their marriage. He was also concerned about the corn crop and the state of the garden. He writes down what he has read about President Lincoln's recently published proclamation that would take freed slaves and allow them to fight in the northern army (possibly the Emancipation Proclamation). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160254/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, June 19, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara that informs her that his Brigade is being sent back to Texas by detachments. He says that he will try to obtain a furlough once he reaches Houston, Texas, so that he can see her, the children, and pick up some books. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160270/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, June 23, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara describing his ill health. He remarks that he has had no letter from her, yet hopes to hear from her before the end of the war. Included in the letter are remarks on troop movements; a request for a photograph; talk of good crops; family updates; and the weather. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160251/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, June 30, 1863]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara declaring his love and stating the importance of communication between them. He includes news of his health; troop locations and news of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160252/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, March 29, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he says that he despaired of receiving another letter from her after waiting a month between letters. David describes what they had to leave behind when the order to move out came. He also lists what he took with him. He recounts the meeting with his mother when he returned to her home after moving to Texas. He remarks that for once she hand nothing to say. He tells Clara he raced her mare. He appreciates the hat she gave him. He explains about the care of peach trees. He also says that he thinks it would be best to allow a slave, Rhett, to marry her beau. He ends the letter by sending his love to her and the children. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160330/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, March 31, 1862]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he sends news of arriving at Camp Terry, near Austin, Texas. He describes his housing conditions, the items that were purchased and their three week supply of provisions. He also updates her on his health. He asks that her father bring her to the camp to visit him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160329/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 7, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding her wool, his cold, and the losses of their peach trees and grapes. He requests that she send bucket butter at the first opportunity. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160285/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 19, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he recounts his participation in a battle that took place before May 19, 1864. He writes about the successes and set backs. He writes of the soldiers killed, wounded and missing. He says that some of the soldiers who died were accused of smelling of Louisiana rum. He ends the letter with news of his health and the health of friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160333/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 19, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara giving her a description of a tree that came down in a storm. He states that he has purchased books for the children. He also gives an update on his family's correspondence and that the bonds had not yet arrived. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160286/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 26, 1864]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara to give her information on where to send her letters to him. He also gives news on the categories of soldiers that are being granted furloughs. There is a note on the back, dated May 30, that gives an update on his health and news of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160269/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara. May 29, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara. He states that he is copying all his notes. He also received a present of a pound of butter. Most of the letter is faded and is difficult to read texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160287/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 30, 1865]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which lists the items he has sent her. He also sends and toothbrush as well as instructions on keeping her teeth polished. He states he has sold 3 cords of wood for $5.00 a cord. He has not purchased olive oil because it is so expensive. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160288/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, November 12, 1862]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara detailing the process and difficulties of sending mail; the winter weather; illness in another company; his duties as a physician and schedule; how to care for sheep with scab; his personal health and a declaration of love for his wife and children. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160249/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, September 3, 1863]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara seeking to reassure her about his recovering health. He updates her on the sickness among the troops. He also comments on the dispirited populace and troops since the fall of Vicksburg. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160258/
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, September 4, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara telling her that Mr. J. H. Hodges would be returning home to collect clothing for his company. He gives updates on the war; his health; and the health of his fellow soldiers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160259/
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, August 4, 1863]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding his sickness, how he is out of medicine but improvising to heal sick; going to move to new location to help with sickness. Tells her about the news of the war and politics. Believes end of war is close and England and France will recognize south as separate. Tells his opinion on Lincoln and the exemption fees. He received a commission. Also that men will go back to Texas to get more clothing, how to send clothing to him, telling her to help Aunt Mary with dying pants, he also offers advice on the agriculture at home- cattle, horses, and her father’s crops. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160331/
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 2, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the situation at home (the peach orchard, spinning, and a spinning wheel), how to send letters to him, his experience in the army (his need for more clothing, his health, what food the unit is eating, and statistics of his unit), and war news. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160334/
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 7, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding his health, health of the unit, which he sends many soldiers to hospitals with guards. He mentions how the weather is not helping people get better and gives his wife advice on agriculture. He also mentions his wish for the end of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160335/
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 14, 1864]
Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the weather in Texas and Louisiana. He need for more clothes and he expresses his appreciation of all the work Clara is doing for him and the Army. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160336/
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