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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 7, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 7, 1863]

Date: August 7, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 9, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 9, 1863]

Date: August 9, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 16, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 16, 1864]

Date: August 16, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, August 4, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, August 4, 1863]

Date: August 4, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 2, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 2, 1864]

Date: June 2, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 7, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 7, 1864]

Date: June 7, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 14, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to wife Clara, June 14, 1864]

Date: June 14, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 12, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 12, 1863]

Date: July 12, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 18, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, July 18, 1863]

Date: July 18, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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).
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives