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Collection Number: 02009-z

Collection Title: Edmund Strudwick Burwell Papers, 1825-1883 (bulk 1863-1867).

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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 93 items
Abstract Edmund Strudwick Burwell was one of twelve children of Robert Armistead and Anna (Robertson) Burwell, both Presbyterian educators. Edmund S. Burwell attended Mr. Ralph Grave's school in Granville, N.C., during the Civil War, while his father and four older brothers served in the Confederate Army. He attended Hampden-Sidney College, 1866-1867, and later became a businessman in Charlotte, N.C. The collection inlcudes letters, chiefly 1863-1867, to Edmund S. Burwell at school in Granville County, N.C., and at Hampden-Sidney College, from his parents, from his brothers serving in various Confederate regiments, and from his sisters at home in Charlotte, N.C. Civil War letters discuss military life and economic and social conditions at home, including the influx of refugees as General Sherman's troops moved towards the Carolinas. Letters in the 1870s are from Edmund's father at Peace Institute.
Creator Burwell, Edmund Strudwick, 1849-1887.
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 Edmund Strudwick Burwell Papers, #2009-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. John L. Chisolm of Birmingham, Ala., prior to 1940.
Received from Rena C. Harrell of Greensboro, N.C., July 1964 and October 1965.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
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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Edmund Strudwick Burwell (1849-1887) was one of twelve children of Robert Armistead (1802-1895) and Anna (Robertson) Burwell. The Reverend Robert A. Burwell was a Presbyterian preacher and educator who came from Virginia to Hillsboro, N.C., in 1835, and with his wife had a school there until 1857, when they moved to Charlotte, N.C., to take charge of the Charlotte Female Institute. After his wife's death, in 1871, Reverend Burwell became the head of Peace Institute in Raleigh, N.C. Edmund S. Burwell attended Mr. Ralph Grave's school in Granville, N.C., during the Civil War, while his father and four older brothers served in the Confederate Army and his mother and sisters remained in Charlotte. He attended Hampden-Sidney College, 1866-1867, and later became a businessman in Charlotte.

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The collection includes letters, chiefly 1863-1867, to Edmund Strudwick Burwell at school in Granville County, N.C., and at Hampden-Sidney College, from his parents, the Reverend and Mrs. Robert Armistead Burwell, from his brothers serving in various Confederate regiments, and from his sisters at home in Charlotte, N.C. Civil War letters discuss military life and economic and social conditions at home, including the influx of refugees as Sherman's troops moved towards the Carolinas. Letters in the 1870s are from Edmund's father at Peace Institute. Also included are photocopies of Burwell family history material compiled by Rena C. Harrell and photocopies of a manuscript history of Queens College in Charlotte, written by the same.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

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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