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Collection Number: 04746

Collection Title: L. J. Hoyle Papers, 1853-1875

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract L. J. Hoyle (Lemuel J. Hoyle) was a merchant and farmer of Belwood, Cleveland County, N.C. During the Civil War, he served as captain with the 11th North Carolina Infantry Regiment mainly in North Carolina and Virginia. Hoyle first married Emma R. Higgins (1849-1874) and then Mary Ella Round, with whom he had several children. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly, 1879-1880. The collection consists chiefly of letters from Hoyle to his mother during the Civil War and to Mary Ella Round, 1874-1875. Civil War letters, 1861-1864, are chiefly from Hoyle while he served in Virginia and North Carolina with the 11th North Carolina Infantry Regiment to his mother Nancy H. V. Moorman Hoyle in Gaston County, N.C. Rich in detail, these letters document camp life, troop movements, battles and skirmishes, as well as Hoyle's health and attitude as the war progressed. Included are substantive comments on the 1862 yellow fever outbreak in Wilmington, N.C., and other health issues; the battle of Gettysburg, where Hoyle found himself under the command of James Johnston Pettigrew; and 1864 battles around Petersburg, Va. Courtship letters from Hoyle in Cleveland County to Mary Ella Round in Lenoir, N.C., begin after the death of Hoyle's first wife in 1874 and continue until November 1875, two weeks before the couple married. These chatty letters deal chiefly with daily concerns, including activities of friends and relatives, special social occasions, Methodist Church matters, and other routine affairs.
Creator Hoyle, L. J. (Lemuel J.), 1839-1875.
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 Lemuel J. Hoyle Papers #4746, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2007) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Louise Walker Darracott of Raleigh, N.C., and Hugh A. Walker Jr. of Waxhaw, N.C., in February 1995 (Acc. 95035).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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L. J. Hoyle (Lemuel J.)was a merchant and farmer of Belwood, Cleveland County, N.C. During the Civil War, he served as captain with the 11th North Carolina Infantry Regiment mainly in North Carolina and Virginia. Hoyle first married Emma R. Higgins (1849-1874) and then Mary Ella Round, with whom he had several children. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly, 1879-1880.

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The collection consists chiefly of letters from L. J. Hoyle of Cleveland County, N.C., to his mother during the Civil War and to Mary Ella Round, 1874-1875. Civil War letters, 1861-1864, are chiefly from Hoyle while he served in Virginia and North Carolina with the 11th North Carolina Infantry Regiment to his mother Nancy H. V. Moorman Hoyle in Gaston County, N.C. Rich in detail, these letters document military life, troop movements, battles and skirmishes, as well as Hoyle's health and attitude as the war progressed. Included are substantive comments on the 1862 yellow fever outbreak in Wilmington, N.C., and other health issues; the battle of Gettysburg, where Hoyle found himself under the command of James Johnston Pettigrew; and 1864 battles around Petersburg, Va. Courtship letters from Hoyle in Cleveland County, N.C., to Mary Ella Round in Lenoir, N.C., begin after the death of Hoyle's first wife in 1874 and continue until November 1875, two weeks before the couple married. These chatty letters deal chiefly with daily concerns, including activities of friends and relatives, special social occasions, Methodist Church matters, and other routine affairs.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom and Janna Sayle, April 1995

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, April 2005

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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