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Collection Number: 02975-z

Collection Title: Mary E. Grattan Papers, 1861-1864.

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Abstract Chiefly letters, 1861-1865, to Mary E. Grattan at Mount Crawford, Rockingham County, Va., written from Confederate army camps in Virginia and South Carolina by her brothers George G., Robert, Peter M., and Charles. Letters mostly discuss camp life, but one letter describes the 1863 Battle of Kelly's Ford, and a few others describe life in the surrounding countryside. There are also two undated letters from Mary's mother, one to Mary on a visit to Charlottesville, Va., and the other to Peter, discussing his mother's anxiety about his going off to war without seeing her first. There is also an undated, unascribed poem about Lee's surrender.
Creator Grattan, Mary E.
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 Mary E. Grattan Papers #2975-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Originals lent for microfilming by Mrs. B. S. Howell of Charlotte, N.C., in 1953; originals given by Billy Howell, Jr., of Charlotte, N.C., in October 1992 (Acc. 92158). T. W. Nicholson's $500 Confederate Treasury certificate that appears on the microfilm version of this collection was not received in 1992.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Chiefly letters, 1861-1864, to Mary E. Grattan at Mount Crawford, Rockingham County, Va., written from Confederate army camps by her brothers George G., Robert, Peter M., and Charles. There is also an undated letter to Peter Grattan from his mother; another to Mary from her mother; and a poem, undated and unascribed, on Lee's surrender.

9 September 1861George G. Grattan at Yorktown to Mary about camp life.

7 December 1861Robert Grattan at Camp Cooper to Mary, describing generals Stuart and Beauregard.

1 March 1863George G. Grattan to Mary, describing a church service he attended and visits he made in the surrounding countryside.

22 March 1863Peter M. Grattan with Company I of the 1st Virginia Cavalry in Culpeper, Va., to Mary about a battle at Kelly's Mill.

Undated fragment of a letter from Peter, probably written around 22 March.

3 October 1863George G. Grattan at James Island, S.C., to Mary, about his diet in South Carolina and his visit to Charleston.

4 April 1864Peter M. Grattan at Orange Court House to Mary about picket duty and camp life in general.

19 July 1864Charles Grattan, 20 miles below Petersburg, Va., to Mary, describing the surrounding country, his rations, and other facts of camp life.

UndatedLetter from her mother M. Grattan at Contentment, 18 April, to Mary on a visit to Charlottesville, Va.

Letter to Peter Grattan from his mother [M. Grattan] at Ridgway, discussing her anxiety about his going off to war without seeing her first.

Letter from Peter to Mary, written from Bunkers Hill, 16 July, following a foray into Pennsylvania.

Poem about Lee's surrender.

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Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Three letters originally included in the Mary E. Grattan Papers and appearing on the microfilm version of the collection were transferred to the Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander Papers (#4632) in November 1992.

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