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

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.
Date: July 21, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: August 7, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: August 9, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 30, 1864]

Description: 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.
Date: August 30, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

Description: 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.
Date: August 15, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 10, 1862]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he asks her to write longer letters with news of her and the children; his hopes for an end to the war in the spring; the shortage of physicians and why that makes it impossible for him to receive a furlough; the difficulty in receiving newspapers that have been subscribed to; news of the war; Abraham Lincoln's success in bringing people in west Tennessee to support the north; the difficulty in sending items home because he does not think they would get there; the sick making their way to the general hospital and a list of individuals who have died; his dislike for the people of Arkansas; the support of the people of Texas for the troops; the cost of wheat; his personal health; and his attendance at the funeral of Governor Jackson of Missouri.
Date: December 10, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 21, 1864]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara telling her that he is sending food, candy, and cloth. He requests that she sew the cloth into drawers and send them back to him. He states his salary will be $110 per month. He then lists his expenses. He tells Clara he has had Yellow Fever. He requests cotton socks. He ends by regretting not being able to spend Christmas with his family.
Date: December 21, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: February 19, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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).
Date: July 18, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, June 23, 1863]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara describing his ill health. He remarks that he has had no letter from her, yet hopes to hear from her before the end of the war. Included in the letter are remarks on troop movements; a request for a photograph; talk of good crops; family updates; and the weather.
Date: June 23, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections