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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 to his wife Clara, August 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 1863]

Date: August 15, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 10, 1862]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 10, 1862]

Date: December 10, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 18, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 18, 1864]

Date: 1864-12-18~
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 21, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 21, 1864]

Date: December 21, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 30, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 30, 1864]

Date: December 30, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 10, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 10, 1864]

Date: February 10, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 19, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 19, 1864]

Date: February 19, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 22, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 22, 1864]

Date: February 22, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 27, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 27, 1864]

Date: February 27, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara Fentress, March 1, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara Fentress, March 1, 1865]

Date: March 1, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives