Clarrisa Phelps Hanks Papers, 1854-1864

Manuscript Collection #207

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Clarrisa Phelps Hanks Papers
    Creator: Hanks, Clarissa Phelps
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1854-1864) consisting diaries, references to Civil War, genealogical notes.
    Extent: 0.004 Cubic feet, 3 items , diaries (1854-1864) and genealogical notes.
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

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

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Charles W. Smith, Jr.

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Elmore, March 1979

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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