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Collection Number: 01159

Collection Title: Lucy Wood Butler Papers, 1859-1863.

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Size 1 microfilm reel.
Abstract MICROFILM OF TYPESCRIPT. Correspondence of Lucy Wood Butler of Charlottesville, Va., and Waddy B. Butler, who met while Waddy Butler was a student at the University of Virginia. They were married on 3 July 1861. The majority of Waddy's ten letters to Lucy were written from Fernandina, Fla., where he was attempting to make a career as a lawyer and also dabbling in state politics. He was an officer in a local militia group and entered the Confederate service at the outbreak of the war. Lucy Wood's diary begins in the spring of 1861 and continues with few significant interruptions until the spring of 1863. She speaks of her work sewing uniforms and treating ill soldiers, reports of skirmishes and battles (1st Manassas, Fort Donelson, and Shiloh among them), her struggle with typhoid fever, the deaths of friends and relatives, her reflections on the nobility of the Southern cause and a woman's role in it, and her growing sadness with the course of the war.
Creator Butler, Lucy Wood.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 Lucy Wood Butler Papers, #1159, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Location of Originals
Typescript returned to private owner in 1946.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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MICROFILM OF TYPESCRIPT. Correspondence of Lucy Wood Butler of Charlottesville, Va., and Waddy B. Butler, who met while Waddy Butler was a student at the University of Virginia. They were married on 3 July 1861. The majority of Waddy's ten letters to Lucy were written from Fernandina, Fla., where he was attempting to make a career as a lawyer and also dabbling in state politics. He was an officer in a local militia group and entered the Confederate service at the outbreak of the war. Lucy Wood's diary begins in the spring of 1861 and continues with few significant interruptions until the spring of 1863. She speaks of her work sewing uniforms and treating ill soldiers, reports of skirmishes and battles (1st Manassas, Fort Donelson, and Shiloh among them), her struggle with typhoid fever, the deaths of friends and relatives, her reflections on the nobility of the Southern cause and a woman's role in it, and her growing sadness with the course of the war.

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