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Collection Number: 05018-z

Collection Title: C. D. Epps Papers, 1862-1915 (bulk 1862-1863)

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 35 items
Abstract Commodore D. Epps enlisted as a private in Company F, 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment, on 20 June 1862. He saw action at the Battle of Perryville, Ky., 8 October 1862, and at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., 18-20 September 1863. Epps died on 15 December 1863 of wounds he received at Chickamauga. The collection consists of 15 letters, 1862-1863, from C. D. Epps with the 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, chiefly to his wife, Catherine S. Epps, at the family farm, probably in Murray County, Ga. In the letters, Epps gave his wife instructions for managing the farm, chiefly what to plant and who to hire to perform tasks like making new fences; requested goods from home, like boots, clothing, and, above all, a substitute; and described camp life and battles, especially the Battle of Perryville. Some of the letters contain messages for his children, mother, and other family members. Epps wrote the last letter, dated 13 November 1863, from Polk Hospital in Rome, Ga., where he was brought for treatment of wounds suffered at Chickamauga. In this letter, Epps anticipated coming home, but he died shortly after writing it. Also included are photocopies of segments of 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment muster rolls relating to Epps; Catherine S. Epps's 1864 claim as widow of C. D. Epps; a portion of the 1870 census showing Catherine S. Epps resident in Spring Place, Ga.; and a 1915 statement of C. D. Epps's Confederate army service from the commisioner of pensions, Atlanta, Ga.
Creator Epps, C. D. (Commodore D.), d. 1863.
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 C. D. Epps Papers #5018-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed July 2005) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions of letters are available.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in April 2000 (Acc. 98604).
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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Commodore D. Epps, enlisted as a private in Company F, 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment, on 20 June 1862. He saw action at the Battle of Perryville, Ky., 8 October 1862, and at the Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., 18-20 September 1863. Epps died on 15 December 1863 of wounds he received at Chickamauga.

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The collection includes 15 letters, 1862-1863, from C. D. Epps with the 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, chiefly to his wife, Catherine S. Epps, at the family farm, probably in Murray County, Ga. In the letters, Epps gave his wife instructions for managing the farm, chiefly what to plant and who to hire to perform tasks like making new fences; requested goods from home, like boots, clothing, and, above all, a substitute; and described camp life and battles, especially the Battle of Perryville, Ky. Some of the letters contain messages for his children, mother, and other family members. Epps wrote the last letter, dated 13 November 1863, from Polk Hospital in Rome, Ga., where he was brought for treatment of wounds he suffered at the Battle of Chickamauga. In this letter, Epps anticipated coming home, but he died of these wounds on 15 December 1863.

Also included are photocopies of segments of 6th Georgia Cavalry Regiment muster rolls relating to Epps; Catherine S. Epps's 1864 claim as widow of C. D. Epps; a portion of the 1870 census showing Catherine S. Epps resident in Spring Place, Ga.; and a 1915 statement of C. D. Epps's Confederate army service from the commissioner of pensions, Atlanta, Ga.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, June 2000

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, June 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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