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 Collection: The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives
[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/
[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 to David Fentress, July 27, 1863]
Letter by an unidentified author to David Fentress regarding sharing federal newspapers and the banning of federal newspapers in some areas. The author passes on the news of the war including the destruction of the Federal merchantmen by the Confederate fleet. He passes along world news: Russia preparing to go to War with Europe and how that could negatively affect the Confederacy. There is also speculation on the future of the war. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160262/
[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 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 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, 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 from David Fentress to his wife Clara, c.1864]
Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara that is badly faded. Most of the letter cannot be read. It appears that in one place he says that he plans to stay at his post out of a sense of duty. It also appears that he sends his love to his wife and children. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160264/
[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 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 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 Maud C. Fentress to her son David W. Fentress - June 6, 1860]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David regarding his crop failure in Texas. She gives updates on the activities of friends and family. She also discusses schooling and teaching the children skills. Maud wishes David success with his raising stock. She also questions whether she should move to Texas or stay where she is. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160306/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David W. Fentress - August 10, 1859]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David regarding the gifts she has sent his daughter; the potential purchase of David's mare by Maud; a fight among people they know; the weather and what to wear; and news of family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160303/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David - July 11, 1860]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David regarding the trunk of gifts she has sent him. The weather in Bolivar, Tennessee has been 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. She is concerned about his prospects in Texas and sends him Bright's yellow corn. She sends information on friends and family. The work on the well continues. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160309/
[Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoir]
Photocopy of Elizabeth Simpson Cooper's memoir about her childhood in Virginia and later her time in Kansas after moving westward with her family. In the text of her memoir, she describes her school days in Virginia, church, Cooper family history, "Bleeding Kansas" (the period of conflict over deciding if Kansas would be a free or a slave state), and the Civil War in Kansas as well as her personal encounters with Native Americans in Kansas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160229/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, September 6, 1859]
Letter is from Maud C. Fentress to her son David discussing news from Bolivar, Tennessee and it includes: sending Kate off to school in Nashville,Maud's feelings about her children growing up, receiving Mary Tate's letter from White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, a dialogue about her stolen chickens,a conversation about Sallie starting school with Miss Hunt as her teacher and information about Jimmie and Willie's schooling, news about the weather,news about 'Aunt Mag' and her trip to Austin,a discussion about receiving no information on Wallace and his safe arrival,a dialogue about 'the babies dress and bonnets', and town news from Bolivar. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160235/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, January 17, 1859]
Letter from Maud C.Fentress to her son David discussing the length of time between his letters; a dialogue about David receiving a visit from an "Uncle";Clara Fentress' recovery from illness; news of a birth; the business partnership between Doctor Neely and Coleman; the construction of a "Livary" stable and the improbability of David selling his lot; church news; the departure of Frank for La Grange; town gossip; a dialogue requesting David to write frequently; a discussion about Peters who returned with "his wife's big fortune," his purchase of slaves, and an estimation of his remaining fortune. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160232/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, March 4, 1858]
Letter to David W. Fentress from his mother, Maud, discussing the receipt of his letter and his arrival at Prairie Lea; a request for Frank to write a letter informing Maud of his travels; a discussion of sending information and gifts; a brief discussion about marriage and gifts;a dialogue concerning "Episcopacy or Pickett"; news about the weather; the affect of the weather on the planting of crops; a discussion of real estate; a brief mention of Maud's health; a request for information on "how the presents went" and if pictures were received; a discussion requesting a visit from David's "Aunt", "Uncle", as well as from Tom and Frank; an ending statement requesting letters from David, Clara, and Frank. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160231/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, September 26, 1859 ]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David discussing Jimmie and Mary's return from their travels and their change in plans to board with Mr. Miller instead of Maud, Jimmie's financial proposition to exchange bottom land for David's lot, the town physician's move to Nashville, a financial proposition from Maud to purchase Sallie which is David's horse if Neely does not purchase her, Maud's preparations for Jimmie's party, a discussion about David's failed crops, a dialogue on the raising of stock prices, Maud's purchase of a cow for $25 from Bright, a dialogue concerning Maud's loss of cows, hogs, and a horse this year, news about sending gifts for the baby, and news about Kate's progress in boarding school. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160237/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress - March 1, 1856]
Letter to David Fentress from his mother, Maud, discussing a compromise for the "Jones suit" that she was able to work out with his Uncle John, other news from his uncle, and a note about the local doctor buying a 15-year-old girl. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160230/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, October 26, 1859]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son, David Fentress inquiring about the purchase of a Mare and discussing the travel arrangements of his Uncle. She mentions that his uncle is ill, and also inquires about his housing accommodations, in case she should decide to come visit him. Towards the end of the letter she mentions that she is making dresses for a baby and sleeves for David's wife, Clara. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160238/