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Collection Number: 03325-z

Collection Title: Elizabeth Pendleton Coles Papers, 1791-1889

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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 About 25 items
Abstract Elizabeth Pendleton Coles was the daughter of Edmund Pendleton (1823-1899), member of the first graduating class at the Virginia Military Institute, 1842; lawyer in Botetourt County, Va., Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Orleans, La., before the Civil War; colonel of the 15th Louisiana Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia; lawyer in Buchanan, Va., and Lexington, Va., after the war; and member of the Virginia state legislature, 1869. She was the second wife of Walter Coles, whom she married in 1872. Their son, Edmund Pendleton Coles, was born in 1873. The collection consists of letters to Elizabeth Pendleton Coles from her father, Edmund Pendleton (1823-1899), when he was a Confederate officer in Virginia and a lawyer at Buchanan, Va., noting his military activities and giving her advice about her education when she was a student, apparently at Salem Female Academy in Salem, N.C.; a letter, 1791, to Harry Innes (1752-1816), member of the first Kentucky constitutional convention, from Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803), Virginia Revolutionary leader and jurist, discussing the organization of the government of Virginia; a manuscript draft of a statement (2 pages) by General Robert E. Lee, 1869, to officials and citizens of Baltimore, Md., endorsing the project of a Shenandoah Valley Railroad; an album of pictures of Pendleton family members and house interiors; pages with family data from bibles of members of the family of Walter Coles (1772-1854) of Albemarle County, Va.; and other items.
Creator Coles, Elizabeth Pendleton.
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 Elizabeth Pendleton Coles Papers, #3325-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret Wadworth, Mrs. Martin Cannon, and Mrs. Doggett, 1957 and 1962.
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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Elizabeth Pendleton Coles was the daughter of Edmund Pendleton (1823-1899), member of the first graduating class at the Virginia Military Institute, 1842; lawyer in Botetourt County, Va., Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Orleans, La., before the Civil War; colonel of the 15th Louisiana Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia; lawyer in Buchanan and Lexington, Va., after the war; and member of the Virginia state legislature, 1869. She was the second wife of Walter Coles, whom she married in 1872. Their son, Edmund Pendleton Coles, was born in 1873.

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The collection includes letters to Elizabeth Pendleton Coles from her father, Edmund Pendleton (1823-1899), when he was a Confederate officer in Virginia and a lawyer at Buchanan, Va., noting his military activities and giving her advice about her education when she was a student, apparently at Salem Female Academy in Salem, N.C.; a letter, 1791, to Harry Innes (1752-1816), member of the first Kentucky constitutional convention, from Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803), Virginia Revolutionary leader and jurist, discussing the organization of the government of Virginia; a manuscript draft of a statement (2 pages) by General Robert E. Lee, 1869, to officials and citizens of Baltimore, Md., endorsing the project of a Shenandoah Valley Railroad; an album of pictures of Pendleton family members and house interiors; pages with family data from Bibles of members of the family of Walter Coles (1772-1854) of Albemarle County, Va.; and other items.

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Contents list

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Photographs (PF-3325/1-2).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 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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