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Collection Number: 05485-z

Collection Title: John Emory Douthit Letters, 1860-1872

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Size About 60 items
Abstract John Emory Douthit was a doctor and surgeon with the 21st North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He was born in Clemmonsville, N.C., and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1858. In 1860, while stationed at Wilson, N.C., Douthit met Medora ("Dora") Crenshaw, and the two wed in 1863. After the war, Douthit opened a general goods store in Statesville, N.C. Douthit later moved to Kingsville, Mo. The collection consists primarily of letters from James Emory Douthit to his wife Dora Crenshaw Douthit. Letters, 1860-1863, were written while James Emory Douthit was serving as a surgeon and Dora Crenshaw was attending school in Wilson, N.C., and discuss their courtship and marriage. Most of the letters, 1864-1865, document his work in Wilson, Goldsboro, Washington, and Tarboro, N.C., with some in September and October 1864 describing conditions in Washington, N.C. Some letters also discuss opening a store in 1866 in Statesville, N.C. There are also a letter, 24 March 1865, from James Emory Douthit's sister Mattie to Dora Crenshaw Douthit and other items.
Creator Douthit, John Emory, 1836-1885.
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 John Emory Douthit Letters #5485-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Elizabeth L. Fagan of Denton, Tex., in December 2010 (Acc. 101389).
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John Emory Douthit was a doctor and surgeon with the 21st North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He was born in Clemmonsville, N.C., and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1858. In 1860, while stationed at Wilson, N.C., Douthit met Medora ("Dora") Crenshaw, and the two wed in 1863. After the war, Douthit opened a general goods store in Statesville, N.C. Douthit later moved to Kingsville, Mo.

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The collection consists primarily of letters from James Emory Douthit to his wife Dora Crenshaw Douthit. Letters, 1860-1863, were written while James Emory Douthit was serving as a surgeon and Dora Crenshaw was attending school in Wilson, N.C., and discuss their courtship and marriage. Most of the letters, 1864-1865, document his work in Wilson, Goldsboro, Washington, and Tarboro, N.C., with some in September and October 1864 describing conditions in Washington, N.C. Some letters also discuss opening a store in 1866 in Statesville, N.C. There are also a letter, 24 March 1865, from James Emory Douthit's sister Mattie to Dora Crenshaw Douthit and other items.

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Contents list

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About 60 items.

Arrangement: Chronological by year.

Folder 1-4

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Letters, 1860-1872 and undated #05485-z, Series: " John Emory Douthit Letters, 1860-1872." Folder 1-4

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Processing Information

Processed by: Martin Gengenbach, January 2011

Encoded by: Martin Gengenbach, January 2011

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