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Garrett Family Collection, 1789-1864

(Manuscript Collection #639)

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Title: Garrett Family Collection
Creator: Garrett family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1789-1864) including correspondence, estate inventory, Civil War passes, land grants, letter describing death, opinion on health conditions.
Extent: 0.108 Cubic feet, 8 items , consisting of correspondence, an estate inventory, Civil War passes, and a land grant.

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Accessions Information

September 9, 1992, 8 items; Papers (1789-1864), primarily of the Winston family of Sumner County, Tennessee, including Mexican War correspondence, an estate inventory, Civil War passes, a land grant, and miscellaneous items. Gift of Mr. Noel H. Garrett, Greenville, N. C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Garrett Family Collection (#639), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Noel H. Garrett

Processing Information

  • Processed by T. Earl, January 1994

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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The collection deals mainly with the correspondence to the Winston family of Sumner County, Tennessee. Two letters are from D. L. Goodall to his cousin, Noel Winston, during the Mexican War. In the first letter (October 10, 1846), Goodall, writing from Camp Allen near Monterrey, Mexico, describes the actions of the Tennessee and Mississippi companies under General Quitman in taking a fort there, and the names and injuries of the casualties sustained by the Tennessee company; a battle he fought in Monterrey on September 23; and the surrender and armistice between General Zachary Taylor and Mexican General Pedro de Ampudia after these battles. The second letter (February 14, 1847) written from Tampico, Mexico, contains a description of a U.S. Army cattle raid on the Mexicans, waiting for General Scott to arrive, the impending battle at Vera Cruz, and Goodall's opinions on the health and condition of his unit.

Also in the collection are two passes Noel Winston obtained from the Federal Army in Tennessee during the Civil War (1863, 1864) that allowed for freedom of movement within Federal lines and protection from property damage and trespassing by Federal troops.

Other family items include a letter describing the death of Joseph W. and Thomas Winston's father in 1815; an estate inventory for Spellsby Coleman from 1807 that lists the names of his slaves as well as the possessions and livestock he owned; and a land grant from 1789 to William Ferrol Lewis for 1,500 acres in the Western District of North Carolina.

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Box 1#0639.1
Correspondence, estate inventory, Civil War passes

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.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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