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 Collection: The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives
[A. C. Lenert Memorandum Book]
Photocopy of a handwritten memorandum book written by A. C. Lenert documenting his experiences as a member of Waul’s Texas Legion at the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160227/
[Copy of Narrative From A. C. Lenert Memorandum Book]
Photocopy of a partial, typed transcript of A. C. Lenert's memorandum book documenting his experiences as a member of Waul’s Texas Legion at the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi. This transcription includes only the narrative portions of the memorandum book describing military experiences and is not formatted to match the original. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160228/
[Letter from W.H. Wood to David W. Fentress, May 5, 1856]
Letter from W. H. Wood to David Fentress concerning the event of David's father dieing, someone being arrested, and the selling of a slave. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160340/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David W. Fentress - November 12, 1859]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David in which she updates him on the activities of family and friends; her purchase of a mare; the search for land to buy; and the weather. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160305/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, May 16, 1859]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David discussing news from Bolivar, Tennessee and it includes: agricultural updates on the success or failure of crops; an update on Mr. Miller's travel to Texas and a discussion about his finances; a discussion to purchase a servant; a discussion to sell Sally; a discussion about Till McDowel's plans to travel to Texas; a dialogue about Mary Tate; a conversation about William's boys; a discussion about Frank that includes a dialogue about a financial agreement between Frank and David as well as a financial agreement between Maud and Frank; an update on Kate and Sallie; news about the health of family and friends; and updates on family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160302/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David - May 14, 1859]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David in which she requests more letters from him. She gives news of her health. The Episcopal convocation and baptisms are discussed. Maud gives news of their family and friends; asks after David's baby; and requests news of his crops. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160301/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W.Fentress - June 1860]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David in which she commiserates with him on the heavy rains he has received in Texas. She plans to send David jelly and canned fruit. She states that other members of the family wish to move to Texas. She tells David that Frank wishes to make up with him and possibly move to Texas. She updates David on news about friends and family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160307/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David, January 4, 1859]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David on the birth of David and Clara's child. She also discusses the hiring out of slaves; the division of land; and an update on family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160300/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David, July 10, 1860]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David regarding the visit of friends. Maud is sending a trunk of presents to David and his family that includes preserves, clothing, and seeds. She regrets that he is selling his buggy. She also discusses the digging of a new well. She ends with updates on the activities of friends and family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160308/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, October 8, 1859 ]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David discussing news from Bolivar, Tennessee and it includes: a discussion about Mag which details her travels and her request to live with Maud for the remainder of her pregnancy; news about Anne and Eliza's health; a discussion about Maud trying to sell her horse in order to buy Sallie from David if Neely does not buy her; a dialogue about the possibility of a trip to Texas with Clara Bills which depends on McNeal's decision to make his way to Texas from 'Orleans'; Maud's concerns about traveling and leaving Kate and Sallie; news about the fair in Bolivar; an update on family and friends; and news about the health of family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160304/
[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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 Kate Fentress to David Fentress, February 11, 1866]
Letter from Kate Fentress to her brother David Fentress in which she she discusses her students, news of the war, recent deaths of soldiers, and family news. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160289/
[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 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 Maud Fentress to David Fentress, June 20th]
Letter from Maud Fentress to David Fentress, describing a man's poor health, items that she's sending to David's wife Clara, the weather, and the condition of his property. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160245/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her David Fentress, December 25, 1860]
Letter from M.(Maud)C. Fentress to her son David regarding the separation of the southern states from the union; the sale of slaves (Barb and her two children); breeding and care of a female slave named Eliza; hiring out of a slave; the capture and hanging of an abolitionist; and the health of those around her. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160242/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, September 25, 1860]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David Fentress regarding a lawsuit; her health and that of her family; the weather; seeds; and a move to Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160241/
[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 Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, September 24, 1860]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David to thank him for the newspapers she has received from him; learning about a new method of growing corn; hear health; the weather; and she ends by sending her love to Davids wife, Clara. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160240/
[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 Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, August 4,1869]
Letter from Maud Fentress to David Fentress, detailing local activities in Bolivar, Tennessee including information about crops, local marriages, and the management of the John Fentress Estate. In addition she mentions various people's children and how they are growing up. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160244/
[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 Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, October]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son, David Fentress informing him that she has begun his package the way that he instructed her to. Tells him that it is a valuable bundle, and that she has also written to him twice. She discusses the naming of a child, and brags about David's wife Clara. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160246/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, March 1, 1861]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David regarding the making of clothes for the family; a report that a man was killed by Indians; the military build up in the south; and her opinion of Abraham Lincoln. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160243/
[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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 W. M. Yandell to M. C. Fentress, October 29,1865]
Letter from W. M. Yandell to his aunt Maud Fentress, regarding why he is in Texas. He also mentions family news and his brother David's practice in Memphis. He also asks to come and visit Maud. He asks about Maud and her husband's health and how his cousin David Fentress is doing. The last page is an ad about Dr.David W. Fentress and his services and an ad to sell Fentress's land and animals. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160339/
[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/
[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/
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