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Collection Number: 00180-z

Collection Title: Julia A. Cotten Bethel Papers, 1858-1875.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 19 items
Abstract Julia A. Cotten Bethel (fl. 1858-1875) of Thomaston, Ga., was married to Thomas F. Bethel. The collection includes chiefly scattered letters to Julia A. Cotten Bethel from her brother, J. K. Cotten at Powder Springs and Acworth, both in Cobb County, Ga., 1858-1859, 1868, 1870, and 1875; and letters to Julia and Thomas F. Bethel, from her nephew, Joseph A. Cotten, with the 7th Georgia Infantry Regiment at Winchester, Va., and Manassas, Va., June-September 1861. J. K. Cotten wrote about financial difficulties in practicing medicine, about health and activities of family members, and about spiritual yearnings. Joseph Cotten wrote of conditions in camp and battle, especially at the First Battle of Bull Run. Also included are a few other family letters.
Creator Bethel, Julia A. Cotten, fl. 1858-1875.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Julia A. Cotten Bethel Papers, #180-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Abbott Cotten Martin, prior to 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Julia A. Cotten Bethel (fl. 1858-1875) of Thomaston, Ga., was the wife of Thomas F. Bethel, sister of J. K. Cotten, and aunt of Joseph A. Cotten.

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The collection includes chiefly scattered letters to Julia A. Cotten Bethel at Thomaston, Ga., from her brother, J. K. Cotten at Powder Springs and Acworth, both in Cobb County, Ga., 1858-1859, 1868, 1870, and 1875; and letters to Julia and her husband, Thomas F. Bethel, from her nephew, Joseph A. Cotten, with the 7th Georgia Infantry Regiment at Winchester and Manassas, Va., June-September 1861. J. K. Cotten wrote about financial difficulties in practicing medicine, about health and activities of family members, and about spiritual yearnings. Joseph Cotten wrote of conditions in camp and battle, especially at the First Battle of Bull Run. Also included are a few other family letters.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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