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Collection Number: 04390

Collection Title: George Stanley Dewey Papers, 1848-1990

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Size About 50 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract George Stanley Dewey was born on 20 September 1841, in New Bern, N.C. He was the son of Oliver Stanley Dewey (1807-1884) and Matilda Sparrow Dewey (1816-1875). Dewey attended Yale University from 1859 to 1861. In May 1861, he left college to volunteer as a member of Company H, 1st North Carolina Cavalry. He enlisted as a private, but was promoted to the rank of captain in 1864. He held this rank until his death on the battlefield of Chamberlain's Run, Dinwiddie Court House, Va., on 31 March 1865. O. S. Dewey and Matilda Sparrow Dewey's daughter Emily Hall Dewey (1845-1930) married Jesse Davis Claypoole. The collection includes letters from George Stanley Dewey describing his experiences as a member of Company H, 1st North Carolina Cavalry, 1863-1865. Letters discuss his life as a soldier, his regiment's movements, and a few battle skirmishes. Also included are a few letters from relatives and family friends. An addition contains letters of Emily Hall Dewey Claypoole, her husband Jesse Davis Claypoole, his sister Carolina Claypoole, and other Dewey and Claypoole family members. Letters, 1933-1990, are chiefly of Emily Dewey Mitchell (b. 1909) of Chapel Hill, N.C., before and after she married Lawrence London (1908- ) in 1936. These letters discuss family matters, news of friends, travel in Europe, and news about Chapel Hill and life at the University of North Carolina.
Creator Dewey, George Stanley, 1841-1865.
Language English.
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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 George Stanley Dewey Papers #4390, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Lawrence London of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1984 and June 2002 (Acc. 99277).
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George Stanley Dewey was born on 20 September 1841 in New Bern, N.C. He was the son of Oliver Stanley and Matilda Sparrow Dewey. Dewey attended Yale University from 1859 to 1861. In May 1861, he left college to volunteer as a member of Company H, 1st North Carolina Cavalry. He enlisted as a private but was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1864. He held this rank until his death on the battlefield of Chamberlain's Run, Dinwiddie Court House, Va., on 31 March 1865.

O. S. Dewey and Matilda Sparrow Dewey's daughter Emily Hall Dewey (1845-1930) married Jesse Davis Claypoole.

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Chiefly letters from George Stanley Dewey (1841-1865) of New Bern, N.C., describing his Civil War experiences as a member of Company H, 1st North Carolina Cavalry, 1863-1865. Letters discuss his life as a soldier, troop movements, and a few battle skirmishes. Also included are a few letters from relatives and family friends.

The addition of June 2002 contains letters of Emily Hall Dewey Claypoole, her husband Jesse Davis Claypoole, his sister Carolina Claypoole, and other members of the Claypoole and Dewey families. Letters, 1933-1990, are chiefly of Emily Dewey Mitchell (b. 1909) of Chapel Hill, N.C., before and after she married Lawrence London (1908- ) in 1936. These letters discuss family matters, news of friends, travel in Europe, and news about Chapel Hill and life at the University of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1848-1897.

About 25 items.

Chiefly letters from George Stanley Dewey to members of his family, describing his life as a soldier, his regiment's movements, and a few battle skirmishes. Items of particular interest are two letters, one to his mother, 22 January 1865, and one to his sister, March 1865, describing his feelings about the way the war was going, and indicating that, in spite of Confederate setbacks, he remained optimistic. There are also a few routine letters from relatives and family friends.

Folder 1

Correspondence #04390, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1848-1897." Folder 1

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2 items.

The sermon preached at Dewey's funeral, New Bern, N.C., 1866; and a "class report" (1869) consisting of biographical sketches of members of the Yale class of 1863, including Dewey (pp. 99-101).

Folder 2

Other papers #04390, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1866, 1869." Folder 2

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About 30 items.

Letters of Emily Hall Dewey Claypoole, her husband Jesse Davis Claypoole, his sister Carolina Claypoole, and other Dewey and Claypoole family members. Letters, 1933-1990, are chiefly letters of Emily Dewey Mitchell (b. 1909) of Chapel Hill, N.C., before and after she married Lawrence London (1908- ) in 1936. These letters discuss family matters, news of friends, travel in Europe, and news about Chapel Hill and life at the University of North Carolina.

Folder 3

1852-1899 #04390, Series: "Addition of June 2002 (Acc. 99277), 1852-1990." Folder 3

Folder 4

1900-1925 #04390, Series: "Addition of June 2002 (Acc. 99277), 1852-1990." Folder 4

Folder 5

1933-1935 #04390, Series: "Addition of June 2002 (Acc. 99277), 1852-1990." Folder 5

Folder 6

1936-1990 and undated #04390, Series: "Addition of June 2002 (Acc. 99277), 1852-1990." Folder 6

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