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Collection Number: 01867

Collection Title: Emma Henderson Dunn Papers, 1721-1903

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 71 items)
Abstract Miscellaneous papers including fifteen letters, 1852-1903, of various people, all relating to New Bern, N.C. Many of the letters were written to or by David W. Bell and W. B. Bell, the latter a Confederate soldier serving in Virginia. Subjects discussed include the sale of slaves, Confederate military activities, and events and traditions in New Bern's history. Three letters from W. B. Bell, 1862, tell of battles, his poor health, and his hopes for a transfer. Other Confederate items include two letters to Lt. Col. William G. Robinson of the 2nd North Carolina Cavalry (a.k.a. the 19th North Carolina Regiment). Also present are historical sketches, including one about Ramseur's charge at Chancellorsville, and 18th-century business and legal papers (56 items) for the sale of land and slaves and other matters, mainly from Carteret and Craven counties, N.C.
Creator Dunn, Emma Henderson, collector.
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 Emma Henderson Dunn Papers #1867, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Emma Henderson Dunn of New Bern, N.C., in June 1951.
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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The papers include correspondence of various North Carolina persons, some historical sketches, and a large group of colonial and early 19th-century land grants, deeds, plats and surveys, indentures, and bills of sale for slaves from Carteret and Craven counties.

Correspondence includes letters from the Bell family about slaves. There is an 1852 letter from Thomas R. Bordon of Gaston, Ala., to Israel Sheldon and forwarded to David W. Bell in Beaufort, N.C., by Sheldon, about the disposition of an old slave named Grace. There is another letter, 186?, to David B. Bell from Benjamin J. Perkins of Smith's Creek, about slaves, and a letter, 1862, from J. D. Flanner to Bell instructing Bell to sell Flanner's slave boy. Other Bell letters are from W. B. Bell in Confederate camps in Virginia to members of his family telling about battles, his own poor health, and hopes of his arranging a transfer.

Other correspondence includes a letter, 1855, from Mol. R. (at Mount Airy?) to her brother (at Graham?) about friends and family; a letter, 1861, to Lt. Col. Robinson, 2nd Cavalry, from Captain A. W. Lawrence of the Ordnance Depot in Raleigh about supplying saddles, bridles, and cartridges; a letter, 1861, to Lt. Col. W. G. Robinson, 19th North Carolina Troops, New Bern, from Major R. H. Riddick in Goldsboro about charges against Captain L. E. Satterthwaite; a letter, 1867, to the New Bern Memorial Association from Headquarters, Port of New Bern, forbidding parades, demonstrations, and flags in connection with the laying of a cornerstone of a memorial; a letter to "Liggett" from L. C. Abbott remembering when she was in their family thirty years ago, telling her news, and asking for theirs; a letter, 1898, to Mary McK. Nash from Kathleen C. Latham of Washington, N.C., telling what she knew of the deaths and burials of her brothers Joe and Thomas in 1865; and a letter, 1903, from L. E. Roberts to Emma Dunn about history, traditions, and people in New Bern.

One sketch concerns New Bern's famous cypress and other American historical trees and traditions by A. E. Stevens; the other is entitled "Ramseur's Charge at Chancellorsville" (author unknown). There is also a large engraving (OP-1867/1) of the painting Charge of V.M.I. Cadets at New Market, circa 1914, by James West Clinedinst, which now hangs in Jackson Memorial Hall, Virginia Military Institute.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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