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

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.
Date: July 12, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
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
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara that informs her that his Brigade is being sent back to Texas by detachments. He says that he will try to obtain a furlough once he reaches Houston, Texas, so that he can see her, the children, and pick up some books.
Date: June 19, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
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
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, June 30, 1863]

Description: 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.
Date: June 30, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, March 29, 1863]

Description: 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.
Date: 1863- 03-29
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: March 31, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: May 7, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

Description: 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.
Date: May 19, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: May 19, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: 1864-05-26/1864-05-30
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara. May 29, 1865]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara. He states that he is copying all his notes. He also received a present of a pound of butter. Most of the letter is faded and is difficult to read
Date: May 29, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, May 30, 1865]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which lists the items he has sent her. He also sends and toothbrush as well as instructions on keeping her teeth polished. He states he has sold 3 cords of wood for $5.00 a cord. He has not purchased olive oil because it is so expensive.
Date: May 30, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, November 12, 1862]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara detailing the process and difficulties of sending mail; the winter weather; illness in another company; his duties as a physician and schedule; how to care for sheep with scab; his personal health and a declaration of love for his wife and children.
Date: November 12, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, September 3, 1863]

Description: 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.
Date: September 3, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara telling her that Mr. J. H. Hodges would be returning home to collect clothing for his company. He gives updates on the war; his health; and the health of his fellow soldiers.
Date: September 4, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: August 4, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: June 2, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: June 7, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: June 14, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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.
Date: 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud C. Fentress, Janurary 15, 1864]

Description: Letter from M. C. (Maud) Fentress to her family regarding the loss of a package of letters that were being brought to her by Captain Hawood and her worries because she has not heard from her son David. Her area has not experience raids for several months, but she expects that to change. She writes about the taking of "Savanah" (Savannah, Georgia). She says that the former slaves continue to leave to join up with the Yankees. She sends an update on family and friends, where they are, what they are doing and their health.
Date: January 15, 1864
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David Fentress, April 29, 1860]

Description: Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David to her son describing the health of family members; the courtship of William and the widow Polk; her social life and the activities of her church; home repair and her need for a new well; Buster Belcher's denial in the sending an "impudent Valentine" and how rudely Kate has treated him. She requests information on his prospect for a good crop and "for making an easy living out there."
Date: April 29, 1860
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections