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Collection Number: 02738-z

Collection Title: William Rhodes Capehart Papers, 1791; 1846-1867.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 38 items
Abstract The collection is chiefly family letters from Susan Bryan Martin Capehart and George W. Capehart of Bertie County, N.C., to their son, William Rhodes Capehart, who was attending school in Edenton, N.C., 1846-1849, giving him news of home and advice. Also included are seven letters from William R. Capehart serving as a Confederate soldier, apparently with the 10th North Carolina Regiment, chiefly at Cheraw, S.C., October 1863-March 1864, about military and personal matters; a routine personal note, 1867, from Robert E. Lee; and other scattered family letters.
Creator Capehart, William Rhodes, b. circa 1838.
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 William Rhodes Capehart Papers #2738-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William R. Capehart, Jr., of Boykin, S.C., in 1944.
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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Chiefly letters to William Rhodes Capehart, chiefly written while he was a schoolboy in Edenton, N.C. Also included are a few items pertaining to W. R. Capehart's grandfather Cullen Capehart of Bertie County, N.C.

Letters, 1846-1849, to William Rhodes Capehart at school are mostly from his mother, Susan Bryan Capehart, and discuss news of home, relatives, and visits, and give advice, permission for William to participate in various activities, and instructions for errands he was to do. There are a few letters to W. R. Capehart from his father, George W. Capehart, and from his cousin, Meeta Rhodes Armistead, also discussing family news.

Also included are a court order, 1791, for division of the estate of George Ryan; a letter, 1860, from H. S. Brantley, an American boy living in Paris; letters, 1863-1864, from W. R. Capehart to his parents, written while he was serving in the Confederate Army and describing his activities, mostly in Cheraw, S.C.; and a thank-you note, 1867, to Dr. W. R. Capehart from Robert E. Lee in Lexington, Va.

Items pertaining to Cullen Capehart include a letter of introduction, 1862; a receipt, 1863, for the purchase of Confederate bonds; a business letter, 1864, from Joseph White & Company of Petersburg, Va., regarding the purchase of salt; and a pardon issued by the president of the United States to Collin [sic] Capehart.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, June 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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