December 4, 1973, 44 items, Duplin County letters (1790, 1837-1864). Loaned for copying by Mr. Claude H. Moore, Turkey, N.C.
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John C. Fennell Papers (#247), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Loaned by Mr. Claude H. Moore
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.
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.