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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, March 31, 1862]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, March 31, 1862]

Date: March 31, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 7, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 7, 1865]

Date: May 7, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 19, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 19, 1865]

Date: May 19, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress,1863]

[Letter from David Fentress,1863]

Date: 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara, February 22, 1864]

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

Date: February 22, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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."
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 15, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 15, 1865]

Date: April 15, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 25, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, April 25, 1865]

Date: April 25, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, August 30, 1862]

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, August 30, 1862]

Date: August 30, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, December 7, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, December 7, 1864]

Date: December 7, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: Letter from the David Fentress to "My Dear Wife" (Clara Fentress). The letter is badly faded. It appears to inform the recipient that the writer is about to take a trip of several days. The trip may have been delayed so he can "wait until all danger is past."
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives
[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, February 26, 1865]

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, February 26, 1865]

Date: February 26, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife, Clara Fentress requesting money to purchase a saddle as well as urging her to write him more regularly. Towards the end of the letter, he tells her that he has read that several foreign nations have begun to recognize the confederacy and he also speculates on the events of the war.
Contributing Partner: UNT Archives