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[A. C. Lenert Memorandum Book]

Description: Photocopy of a handwritten memorandum book written by A. C. Lenert documenting his experiences as a member of Waul’s Texas Legion at the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Date: 1862/1865
Creator: Lenert, A. C.
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Copy of Narrative From A. C. Lenert Memorandum Book]

Description: Photocopy of a partial, typed transcript of A. C. Lenert's memorandum book documenting his experiences as a member of Waul’s Texas Legion at the battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi. This transcription includes only the narrative portions of the memorandum book describing military experiences and is not formatted to match the original.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress - March 1, 1856]

Description: Letter to David Fentress from his mother, Maud, discussing a compromise for the "Jones suit" that she was able to work out with his Uncle John, other news from his uncle, and a note about the local doctor buying a 15-year-old girl.
Date: March 1, 1856
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoir]

Description: Photocopy of Elizabeth Simpson Cooper's memoir about her childhood in Virginia and later her time in Kansas after moving westward with her family. In the text of her memoir, she describes her school days in Virginia, church, Cooper family history, "Bleeding Kansas" (the period of conflict over deciding if Kansas would be a free or a slave state), and the Civil War in Kansas as well as her personal encounters with Native Americans in Kansas.
Date: 1931-02-24/1932
Creator: Cooper, Elizabeth Simpson, 1840-
Item Type: Book
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, March 4, 1858]

Description: Letter to David W. Fentress from his mother, Maud, discussing the receipt of his letter and his arrival at Prairie Lea; a request for Frank to write a letter informing Maud of his travels; a discussion of sending information and gifts; a brief discussion about marriage and gifts;a dialogue concerning "Episcopacy or Pickett"; news about the weather; the affect of the weather on the planting of crops; a discussion of real estate; a brief mention of Maud's health; a request for information on "how the presents went" and if pictures were received; a discussion requesting a visit from David's "Aunt", "Uncle", as well as from Tom and Frank; an ending statement requesting letters from David, Clara, and Frank.
Date: March 4, 1858
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 25, 1864]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara in which he states how upset he is that he has not heard form her since June. He recounts a bad dream he had. He updates her on his effort to gain a leave of absence and a transfer. He also describes his health.
Date: August 25, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
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
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

Description: Letter written by David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding his being ordered to take charge of Hospital No. 2 in Houston. The letter is badly faded, but it appears that he is discussing his plans for travel to take up his post.
Date: December 30, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Sallie Maud C. Fentress to David W. Fentress, May 17, 1859]

Description: Letter from Sallie Fentress to her brother David discussing news from Bolivar and it includes:town health update; news that she and Kate are not going to school; a discussion about the locusts she catches every morning; a dialogue about the weather; a discussion about David's baby and how the family wishes that David, Clara, and baby would visit; and a dialogue about handmade bonnets and clothing made by Maud, Sallie, and Kate for Clara and the baby. Letter from Maud C. Fentress to her son David Fentress discussing news from Bolivar and it includes: a discussion about Aunt Susan's letter which details the doctor's resignation of professorship and his wishes to move to Memphis; a dialogue about the financial gains of friends who moved to Memphis; news about Kate's schooling; a discussion about locusts and the weather; news and updates on family and friends; a discussion on Kate's musical and vocal abilities; a dialogue about Sallie's musical abilities; and a discussion about the people staying with David's Uncle John and Aunt Anne's trip to Corinth.
Date: May 17, 1859
Creator: Fentress, Maud C. & Fentress, Sallie
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud C. Fentress to one of her sons, October 19, 1862]

Description: Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her sons- it is unclear if she's writing to David or Frank Fentress. In the letter she gives updates of the wars' effects on the local people and community. She gives updates on family and friends.
Date: October 19, 1862
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her daughters, September 1863]

Description: Letter from Maud Fentress to one of her daughters, however it is unclear who she is writing to. In the letter she gives updates on the changes that have been going on throughout the community during the war, and gives information on friends and family.
Date: September 1863
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Maud Fentress, October 10,1863]

Description: Letter Maud Fentress wrote to her family regarding the problems she experienced when trying to send letters. She discusses the cotton crop and what her expenses are. The difficulties in acquiring a horse are given. She discusses the risk of capture, pillaging, and warns not to wear uniforms if going on furlough. She gives updates on family and friends. She expresses her anxiety over the freed slaves. She also gives her opinion on books she has read.
Date: October 10, 1863
Creator: Fentress, Maud C.
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, 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 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 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
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 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 David Fentress to Clara, July 8,1864]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding war news and concern for her finances. He asks about the cane crops and talks about buying a horse.
Date: 1864-07-08~
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, December 18, 1864]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara regarding the finances at home and clothing. He mentions the worth of Confederate money is low, his transfer out of the field, and asked Clara to write more often.
Date: 1864-12-18~
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from W. M. Yandell to M. C. Fentress, October 29,1865]

Description: Letter from W. M. Yandell to his aunt Maud Fentress, regarding why he is in Texas. He also mentions family news and his brother David's practice in Memphis. He also asks to come and visit Maud. He asks about Maud and her husband's health and how his cousin David Fentress is doing. The last page is an ad about Dr.David W. Fentress and his services and an ad to sell Fentress's land and animals.
Date: October 29, 1865
Creator: Yandell, W. M.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections