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Collection Number: 05538-z

Collection Title: Edward J. Chilton Autograph Album, 1861

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Abstract Edward J. Chilton was a student at the University of North Carolina who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was born in Brownsville, Tenn., in October 1840. After working as a farmer, he entered the University of North Carolina in 1859, where he was a member of the Dialectic Society. He died at the Siege of Yorktown in 1862. The collection is an autograph album, probably created around 1861, that belonged to Edward J. Chilton. It contains about 70 entries with signatures of students who attended the University of North Carolina, chiefly 1859-1862. The first page has an entry for Chilton. Other pages contain signatures of his friends and classmates, usually with the signer's date and place of birth; his profession; class year; relationship to Chilton; membership in University societies (many were Dialectic Society member); and a saying or quotation in English, Latin, or French. Some entries include a woman's name, possibly the signer's wife or girlfriend. All of the signers were born 1840-1842 in southern states and most listed profession as farmer, lawyer, or soldier.
Creator Chilton, Edward J., 1840-1862.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Edward J. Chilton Autograph Album #5538-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Caryl Halliburton Linton of Arkadelphia, Ark., in November 2012 (Acc. 101695).
Additional Descriptive Resources
List of signers, including graduation years and information on their service in the Confederate Army
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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Edward J. Chilton was a student at the University of North Carolina who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was born in Brownsville, Tenn., in October 1840. After working as a farmer, he entered the University of North Carolina in 1859, where he was a member of the Dialectic Society. He died at the Siege of Yorktown in 1862.

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The collection is an autograph album, probably created around 1861, that belonged to Edward J. Chilton. It contains about 70 entries with signatures of students who attended the University of North Carolina, chiefly 1859-1862. The first page has an entry for Chilton. Other pages contain signatures of his friends and classmates, usually with the signer's date and place of birth; his profession; class year; relationship to Chilton; membership in University societies (many were Dialectic Society member); and a saying or quotation in English, Latin, or French. Some entries include a woman's name, possibly the signer's wife or girlfriend. All of the signers were born 1840-1842 in southern states and most listed profession as farmer, lawyer, or soldier.

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Processed by: Julie Seifert, January 2013

Encoded by: Julie Seifert, January 2013

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