|Title:||Arthur Whitford Papers|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1849-1899) including correspondence, poems, essays, map, etc. relating to life before, during, and after the Civil War.|
|Extent:||0.1 Cubic feet, 117 items , consisting of correspondence, poems, essays, a hand-drawn map of Beaufort County, a pamphlet, and miscellaneous items.|
September 28, 1967; Papers of Arthur Whitford family. Items include correspondence, poems, essays, a hand-drawn map of Beaufort County, NC, a pamphlet, and several miscellaneous items. Loaned July, 1966, by Mrs. Patricia Weiss, Vanceboro, NC.
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Arthur Whitford Papers (#18), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by M. Merriman; M. Boccaccio, November 1999
Encoded by Apex Data Services
This collection is composed almost entirely of correspondence from the antebellum period, the Civil War, and late nineteenth century.
Correspondence from the antebellum period consists of personal letters that tell of weddings, complaints of loneliness, and illness. One letter describes the mental illness of a relative (1849). Camp meeting and revivals are constant topics (1850s), and specifically mentioned are the dedication of a church in Goose Creek, NC; men dancing to fiddle music in Alabama; and Baptists dancing in Craven County, NC (1858). Other letters (1859) discuss a fishing party in Alabama organized to meet Creole girls, the sale of two young slave boys, the Lenoir Institute and studies there, and the lumber trade in Alabama.(1859).
Civil War-related correspondence contains first-hand battle accounts. Among the accounts discussed are the Battle of Seven Pines and the approximate number of troops in the battle; McClellan's advance toward Richmond with a large force (1862); the situation at Fort Fisher and Union ships blockading the Confederate fort; the safe arrival of the steamer CORNUBIA at Wilmington; the capture of the PRINCESS ROYAL at Charleston (1863); and reports from Fort Holmes concerning the continual bombardment of Charleston (1864). Other letters (1863) inquire of war news from New Bern, NC; tell of Union raids from Tarboro to Washington, NC; mention the fall of Vicksburg and Jackson, MS; relate fears that Fort Fisher will soon fall; and describe a battle over a Confederate supply ship.
The letters in the late nineteenth century are concerned with marriages, births, and other personal items.
Also included in the collection are poems (original and copied); essays; a hand-drawn map of Beaufort County, NC; a fictional pamphlet, Farmer Holt's Daughter, by Charles Garvice; and several miscellaneous items.
Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.
Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.