Clarrisa Phelps Hanks Papers, 1854-1864

Manuscript Collection #207

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Clarrisa Phelps Hanks Papers
Creator: Hanks, Clarissa Phelps
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1854-1864) consisting diaries, references to Civil War, genealogical notes.
Extent: 0.0040 Cubic feet, 3 items , diaries (1854-1864) and genealogical notes.

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Accessions Information

August 15, 1972, 2 volumes; Diaries (1854-1864). Deposited by Mr. Charles W. Smith, Jr., New Bern, 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

Clarrisa Phelps Hanks Papers (#207), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Charles W. Smith, Jr.

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Elmore, March 1979

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Clarrisa Phelps Hanks was born on March 18, 1822, and married Ellsworth Hanks on October 30, 1844. At the time she wrote in her diaries between 1854 and 1864 she was living in New Bern, N.C.

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These diaries primarily reflect Mrs. Hanks' religious views and show how religion played a part in her everyday life.

The latter part of the second diary contains a few references to the Civil War in the New Bern area in 1862 and 1864. In late January, 1862, Mrs. Hanks fears a naval attack by the "Hessions" and gives thanks to God for protecting New Bern by sending a fierce storm to hurt the Yankee vessels. On March 12-16, 1862, she briefly mentions the fighting and the capture of New Bern by the Yankees and its effect on the New Bern population. Her October 4, 1864, entry mentions the yellow fever epidemic in New Bern.

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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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