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[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, 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, 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 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, 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 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, 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 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/
[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 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/
[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, 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 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 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 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 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 Sallie Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, May 17, 1859]
Letter from Sallie Fentress to her brother David discussing news from Bolivar and it includes:town health update; news that she and Kate are not going to school; a discussion about the locusts she catches every morning; a dialogue about the weather; a discussion about David's baby and how the family wishes that David, Clara, and baby would visit; and a dialogue about handmade bonnets and clothing made by Maud, Sallie, and Kate for Clara and the baby. Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David Fentress discussing news from Bolivar and it includes: a discussion about Aunt Susan's letter which details the doctor's resignation of professorship and his wishes to move to Memphis; a dialogue about the financial gains of friends who moved to Memphis; news about Kate's schooling; a discussion about locusts and the weather; news and updates on family and friends; a discussion on Kate's musical and vocal abilities; a dialogue about Sallie's musical abilities; and a discussion about the people staying with David's Uncle John and Aunt Anne's trip to Corinth. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160323/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to one of her sons, October 19, 1862]
Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her sons- it is unclear if she's writing to David or Frank Fentress. In the letter she gives updates of the wars' effects on the local people and community. She gives updates on family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160325/
[Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her daughters, September 1863]
Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her daughters, however it is unclear who she is writing to. In the letter she gives updates on the changes that have been going on throughout the community during the war, and gives information on friends and family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160326/
[Letter from Maud Fentress, October 10,1863]
Letter Maud Fentress wrote to her family regarding the problems she experienced when trying to send letters. She discusses the cotton crop and what her expenses are. The difficulties in acquiring a horse are given. She discusses the risk of capture, pillaging, and warns not to wear uniforms if going on furlough. She gives updates on family and friends. She expresses her anxiety over the freed slaves. She also gives her opinion on books she has read. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160327/
[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, 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 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 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, 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 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/
[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, 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 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 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 David W. Fentress, September 28, 1865]
Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David discussing news from Bolivar, Tennessee and it includes: a discussion regarding finance; news concerning the financial situations of family; a dialogue regarding crops to be planted and animals to be raised; news about Frank becoming Chancery Clerk and his plans to study law; news about Kate and her portion of the family's land which will be farmed on a small scale between Frank, Maud, and Kate; financial advice from Maud and news about a real estate transaction in Bolivar; a discussion about the state of society in Bolivar; a dialogue about David moving; updates on the lives and health of family and friends; a discussion about endeavoring to be a pious christian; and a dialogue concerning David's debt to Maud. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160320/
[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 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/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David - November 30, 1861]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David in which she discusses Frank's illness; the problems Jimmie has had in his Company; and the reluctance of some men to go to war. She tells him the current price of swine. She continues to give a description of the division of Union and Confederacy supporters around her. She finishes the letter with news of the war, the shortage of physicians, and the people she knows who are unwell. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160310/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David - February 19, 1862]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David in which she sends news of the battle at Fort Donaldson, Tennessee. She gives her opinion of the news of the war and the generals. She says she longs to see the men drafted as there are men who are "loafing and drinking" who should be compelled to fight. She describes the capture of Confederate soldiers. She ends the letter with family news. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160313/
[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David Fentress - October 21, 1858]
Letter from Maud Fentress to her son David Fentress in which she gives advice on the building of David's home. She gives details on the ownership of slaves and the division of property. She describes Jimmie's masquerade act. She also says that she will be sending seeds to Clara Fentress, David's wife. Maud updates David on who is in school, which schools, and the cost. Also included is news of family and friends. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth160299/
[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 - 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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/
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