Lightfoot Paper

February 7, 1905
Manuscript Collection #12
Physical description
0.055 Cubic Feet, 1 item, photocopy of letter.
Preferred Citation
Lightfoot Paper (#12), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Letter (1865) from a pro-Union Southern woman in Georgia to her sister living in the North.

Scope and arrangement

This letter, written to a sister living in the North, reflects the views of a pro-Union woman residing in Gainesville, Georgia, at the close of the Civil War. She tells of the suffering in the South due to the blockade and to the demands of returning soldiers. Among the subjects discussed in the letter are losses by Southerners who invested in Confederate bonds, efforts of ladies in preparing clothes for soldiers and her refusal to participate in this activity, murder of Union prisoners by the home guard, plans of neighbors to move to Mexico, lack of new clothes as a result of the war, and family news. The writer, identified only as "Mitt," expresses her pleasure at the outcome of the war and speculates as to whether enslaved people would actually be freed and Southern land confiscated.

Administrative information
Custodial History

September 25, 1967, 1 item (photocopy); Letter written from Gainesville, Georgia, May 28, 1865. Loaned for copying May, 1966, by Miss Jean Lightfoot, Raleigh, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Miss Jean Lightfoot

Processing information

Processed by D. Lennon, September 1967

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Descriptions updated by Jennifer Overstreet, July 2020

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Bonds--Confederate States of America
Gainesville (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects