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Collection Number: 04632

Collection Title: Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander Papers, 1828; 1856-1874; 1935

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 55 items)
Abstract Chiefly letters, 1856-1870, to Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander of Enfield, N.C., wife of Sydenham Benoni Alexander (1840-1921), from friends and relatives, particularly cousins, in various locations in North Carolina, including Tarboro, Hillsboro, Warrenton, and New Bern, and in Richmond, Va., Galveston, Tex., and Demopolis, Ala. Many of these letters are from friends who attended school with Emma either at the Salem Female Academy or at boarding school in Hillsboro, N.C. Writers of these letters tend to reminisce about school events, discuss classmates, or give news of their activities since leaving school. There are also many letters from Emma's cousins and other relatives. These letters chiefly discuss routine family affairs. There are a few letters that relate to the Civil War, including two 1864 letters from Emma's brother Edward A. T. Nicholson, who served as aide to Brigadier General Robert D. Johnston and was killed in the charge on Fort Stedman in 1864, about the conduct of the war and about an expedition into the Valley of Virginia; a letter, 8 November 1864, from Eugene B. Wiggins at Camp Manly to his cousin Emma; a 4 March 1865 letter from former classmate Mary H. Whitaker in Tarboro about rumors of Northern troops in the vicinity; and a 7 July 1865 letter to Emma about the death of her brothers. Also included are Emma's scrapbook containing poems, some of them clipped from newspapers and others handwritten, 1850s-1874, about fallen heros of the Civil War and the virtues of women, a few printed tracts, and other items.
Creator Alexander, Emma Pauline Nicholson, d. 1880.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander papers #4632, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Billy Howell, Jr., of Charlotte, N.C., in October 1992 (Acc. 92156).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Chiefly letters, 1856-1870, to Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander of Enfield, N.C., wife of Sydenham Benoni Alexander (1840-1921), from friends and relatives, particularly cousins, in various locations in North Carolina, including Tarboro, Hillsboro, Warrenton, and New Bern, and in Richmond, Va., Galveston, Tex., and Demopolis, Ala. Many of these letters are from friends who attended school with Emma either at the Salem Female Academy or at boarding school in Hillsboro, N.C. Writers of these letters tend to reminisce about school events, discuss classmates, or give news of their activities since leaving school. There are also many letters from Emma's cousins and other relatives. These letters chiefly discuss routine family affairs. There are a few letters that relate to the Civil War, including two 1864 letters from Emma's brother Edward A. T. Nicholson, who served as aide to Brigadier General Robert D. Johnston and was killed in the charge on Fort Stedman in 1864, about the conduct of the war and about an expedition into the Valley of Virginia; a letter, 8 November 1864, from Eugene B. Wiggins at Camp Manly to his cousin Emma; a 4 March 1865 letter from former classmate Mary H. Whitaker in Tarboro about rumors of Northern troops in the vicinity; and a 7 July 1865 letter to Emma about the death of her brothers. Also included are Emma's scrapbook containing poems, some of them clipped from newspapers and others handwritten, 1850s-1874, about fallen heros of the Civil War and the virtues of women, a few printed tracts, and other items.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1828; 1856-1870.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly letters to Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander from friends and relatives, particularly cousins, in various locations in North Carolina, including Tarboro, Fairmont, Hillsboro, Warrenton, and New Bern, and in Richmond, Va., Galveston, Tex., and Demopolis, Ala. Most of the letters were addressed to Emma Pauline Nicholson at her home in Enfield, N.C. There are, however, a few letters addressed to other family members and a small number of bills and receipts for goods and services scattered among the materials.

The earliest item is an 1828 letter from Martha Mary Nicholson at school in Salem, N.C., to her father, Guilford Nicholson. Letters to Emma start in 1856 and continue through 1870. Many of these letters are from friends who attended school with Emma either at the Salem Female Academy or at Nash and Pollock's Select Boarding and Day School in Hillsboro, N.C. Writers of these letters tend to reminisce about school events, discuss classmates, or give news of their activities since leaving school. There are also many letters from Emma's cousins and other relatives. These letters chiefly discuss routine family affairs. In 1866, there are a few letters from a young female relative in Galveston, Tex., about her social life there.

There are a few letters that relate to the Civil War. These include two letters, 16 June and 23 August 1864, from Emma's brother Edward A. T. Nicholson, who served as aide to Brigadier General Robert D. Johnston and was killed in the charge on Fort Stedman in 1864, about the conduct of the war and about an expedition into the Valley of Virginia; a letter, 8 November 1864, from Eugene B. Wiggins at Camp Manly to his cousin Emma; a 4 March 1865 letter from former classmate Mary H. Whitaker in Tarboro about rumors of Northern troops in the vicinity; and a 7 July 1865 letter to Emma about the death of her brothers.

Folder 1

1828; 1856-1865 #04632, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1828; 1856-1870." Folder 1

Folder 2

1866 #04632, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1828; 1856-1870." Folder 2

Folder 3

1867-1870 #04632, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1828; 1856-1870." Folder 3

Folder 4

Undated #04632, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1828; 1856-1870." Folder 4

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Three letters originally included in the Mary E. Grattan Papers (#2975) and appearing on the microfilm version of that collection were transferred to the Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander Papers in November 1992.

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