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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 19, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 19, 1864]

Date: February 19, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[Letter to David Fentress, July 27, 1863]

[Letter to David Fentress, July 27, 1863]

Date: July 27, 1863
Creator: unknown
Description: 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.
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[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.
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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 22, 1864]

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

Date: February 22, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[Letter from David Fentress to his Aunt, July 21, 1863]

[Letter from David Fentress to his Aunt, July 21, 1863]

Date: July 21, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 27, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 27, 1864]

Date: February 27, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[Letter from from David Fentress to his wife Clara, c.1864]

[Letter from from David Fentress to his wife Clara, c.1864]

Date: 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 26, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 26, 1864]

Date: 1864-05-26/1864-05-30
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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[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."
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[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 10, 1864]

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, February 10, 1864]

Date: February 10, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Description: 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.
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