John C. Fennell Papers, 1790, 1837-1864

(Manuscript Collection #247)

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Title: John C. Fennell Papers
Creator: Fennell, John C., d. 1862
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1790, 1837-1864) consisting of correspondence, financial papers, poem, letters, fever epidemic, harassment.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 44 items , correspondence and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

December 4, 1973, 44 items, Duplin County letters (1790, 1837-1864). Loaned for copying by Mr. Claude H. Moore, Turkey, 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

John C. Fennell Papers (#247), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mr. Claude H. Moore

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

John C. Fennell of Duplin County, N.C., enlisted in the Confederate Army on October 1, 1861, at the age of 18. He was stationed at Camp Heath near Scotts Hill on Topsail Sound and remained there until his death of yellow fever in November, 1862.

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Of major significance is correspondence (1861-1862) commenting on the yellow fever epidemic in Wilmington, Union troop movements south of New Bern, the capture of loyal Negroes by Union troops, harassment of the civilian population, and blockade running along the coast.

Many of the letters are devoted primarily to a description of routine camp life in a Confederate coastal camp. Topics discussed include measurement for a uniform, expected pay, picket duty, lack of furloughs, camp routine, clothing, army food, conscription, officers, boredom, sickness, and efforts of ministers in the camp.

Also included are a series of letters (1837-1860) of the Cromartie family of Bladen County, N.C. Included in this group is a description (1837) of the courses taught in a Bladen County school and an account (1837) of a trip to Philadelphia. The latter correspondence comments on stagecoach and steamboat travel, a visit in Baltimore, and church attendance. Miscellaneous items include financial papers and a poem about North Carolina.

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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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