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[Letter from David Fentress,1863]

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.
Date: 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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."
Date: February 22, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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.
Date: April 15, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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.
Date: April 25, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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.
Date: August 30, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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."
Date: December 7, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

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

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.
Date: February 26, 1865
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from David Fentress to Clara Fentress, July 17, 1862 ]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife, Clara, stating that he will be allowed ten days leave so that his uniform can be made at home; he gives information on the welfare of family and friends; and says he gets paid $20.00 monthly; he also gives news of the war including a victory over George McClellan, that Vicksburg still holds out, and the movement of Northern troops.
Date: July 17, 1862
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

[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
Item Type: Letter

[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
Item Type: Letter

[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
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 16, 1864]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara was written while he was on the march in Louisiana. He describes the troops that are gathered and speculates on the purpose of their movements. He mentions that he has been invited to dine with Captain McDavid.
Date: August 16, 1864
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

[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

[Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara, August 28, 1863]

Description: Letter from David Fentress to his wife Clara describing the toll that sickness has taken on the Confederate troops; troop movements; demoralized troops deserting and going home; his personal health; and comments on family news.
Date: August 28, 1863
Creator: Fentress, David
Item Type: Letter

[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

[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

[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
Item Type: Letter

[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
Item Type: Letter