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Collection Number: 01171-z

Collection Title: Thomas Miles Garrett Diary, 1849-1850

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Size 4 items
Abstract Thomas Miles Garrett of Hertford and Bertie counties, N.C., was a member of the University of North Carolina class of 1851; lawyer in Windsor, N.C.; and colonel in the 5th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War. The collection includes several unbound sections and a typed bound copy of the diary of Thomas Miles Garrett while a student at the University of North Carolina, written, with missing dates, 13 June 1849 to 16 November 1850. In the diary, Garrett recorded his observations on daily happenings at the University; classes; faculty; living conditions; meetings and affairs of the literary societies, especially the Philanthropic Society, of which he was a member; Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Chapel Hill; a number of the students, including Joseph Alonzo Manning, John Robert Waddill, and John W. Moore of Hertford County, class of 1853; and a visit to Cornelia Phillips (Cornelia Phillips Spencer).
Creator Garrett, Thomas Miles, 1830-1864.
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 Thomas Miles Garrett Diary #1171-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Type transcription available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. E. M. Denbo.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Thomas Miles Garrett (1830-1864), of Hertford County, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina in the class of 1851. He practiced law at Windsor, N.C., then, serving as colonel in the 5th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War, was killed at Spottsylvania, 12 May 1864.

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The collection includes several unbound sections and a typed bound copy of the diary of Hertford County, N.C., lawyer Thomas Miles Garrett while a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., written, with some dates missing, 13 June 1849 to 16 November 1850. In the diary, Garrett recorded his observations on daily happenings at the University; classes; faculty; living conditions; meetings and affairs of the literary societies, especially the Philanthropic Society, of which he was a member; Episcopal churches and Presbyterian churches in Chapel Hill; and a number of the students, including Joseph Alonzo Manning, John Robert Waddill, John W. Moore of Hertford County, class of 1853; and a visit to Cornelia Phillips (Cornelia Phillips Spencer).

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Contents list

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1 item.

Topics include the following:

1849 p. 6: Ole Mr. Hooper: Archibald MacLaine Hooper, 1775-1853
1849 p. 17: Examining apparatus in Professor Phillips's philosophic chamber, giving description of instruments including a telescope
1849 p. 19-21: National politics; forboding of breaking up Union
1849 p. 22: Card playing and attitudes towards same
1849 p. 37: Episcopal Church and the Reverend Thomas F. Davis, Jr., to whom there are frequent references throughout
1849 p. 43: July 4 celebration at Hillsborough, N.C., by the Sons of Temperance
1849 p. 44: Celebration in Chapel Hill, Geroge Haughton, alias the North Carolina bard, delivering the oration; walk in environs of Chapel Hill
1849 p. 46: Return from the Devision room of Sons of Temperance in the village and the meeting
1849 p. 50-55: Meeting with Henry Kollock Nash (1816-1897) and attending political meeting with candidates for Congress, Nash, and Abraham Watkins Venable (1799-1876); speeches; drunkeness at meeting
1849 p. 56: Uncle Augustus Holley paying his expenses at the University, but wanting him to attend Randolph Macon College and decision not to do so
1849 p. 60: Going to the bath; also mentioned elsewhere in diary
1849 p. 67: Description of Elisha Mitchell (1793-1847)
1849 p. 71: Public meeting about railroad improvements int he state; speakers William A. Graham (1804-1875) and David L. Swain (1801-1868)
1849 p. 75: Fire in East Building
1849 p. 82: Sons of Temperance meeting in college library; new members initiated; plans for meeting a room for the organization
1849 p. 88: Roommate ill; Dr. Jones in attendance; treatment
1849 p. 95: The Reverend T. J. Wheat, to whom there are frequent references
1849 p. 130: Description of Chapel of the Cross
1849 p. 140-141: Presbyterian Church
1849 p. 146-152: Long account of quarrel between Garrett and a student named McKay with pistols involved and lives threatened
1849 p. 228: 21 November 1849 gift of a silver pitcher by the students to the Reverend William Mercer Green (1798-1887), elected Episcopal Bishop of Mississippi
1850 p. 275: 1 August: State elections; bad behavior of people
1850 p. 280: 7 August: Beginning of classes in chemistry under Elisha Mitchell; description of the work
1850 p. 284: Major, my servant failing to wake Garrett up
1850 p. 288-289: Account of a concert with Mr. Butterworth, pianist, also playing a Franklonion, by which music is made by rubbing a wet hand over top edges of glasses
1850 p. 309: Lecture on temperance, Garrett stating that the speaker was an important man, but not giving his name; described ability to enthrall his audience
1850 p. 326-327: Call on Cornelia Phillips (Cornelia Phillips Spencer (1825-1908)) with a description of her
1850 p. 332: Garrett's experiments in inhaling ether
1850 p. 336: 14 November: Day set aparat by state authorities as Thanksgiving Day
Folder 1

Diary #01171-z, Series: " Diary, 1849-1850." Folder 1

Digital version: Excerpts from the Diary of Thomas M. Garrett, 4 July and 31 August 1849

Documenting the American South

Folder 2

Transcript #01171-z, Series: " Diary, 1849-1850." Folder 2

Folder 3

Enclosures #01171-z, Series: " Diary, 1849-1850." Folder 3

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff, January 1979

Encoded by: Mara Dabrishus, December 2004

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

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