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Collection Number: 05491

Collection Title: Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 120 items)
Abstract Sanders Meredith Ingram was a farmer, lawyer, and state legislator from Richmond County, N.C. He was also a part of the inaugural class at Wake Forest College, 1834-1835. Ingram served in the Mexican War in the lst Tennessee Calvary Regiment and in the Civil War as first lieutenant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He left the army in 1862 to serve as Richmond County representative in the North Carolina state legislature. Ingram's first wife was Jane Mourning Shepherd, with whom he had five children; his second wife was Sarah Francis Moore Hogan, with whom he had at least three children. Ingram died in 1905 and was buried in Montgomery County, N.C. The collection includes letters, writings, printed materials, financial and legal materials, images, and other items of Sanders Meredith Ingram. Early letters relate to Ingram's farm in Richmond County, N.C.; fundraising at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and the Mexican War. A February 1846 letter discusses the severity of a typhoid fever outbreak and high casualties among the slave population. Civil War-era letters include some from family members and friends, Ingram's October 1862 resignation letter, and several from Confederate soldiers requesting transfers out of the military and into government service. Post-war, there is a February 1871 letter from John McLeod to Thomas Garrett in which McLeod criticized the work ethic of the African Americans he encountered. Writings include speeches by Ingram relating to the Mexican War and the Civil War and several of his Civil War-themed poems. Other materials include official correspondence from the Pension Office and the State of North Carolina, an 1861 document appointing Ingram as first lieutenant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, contracts, receipts, clippings, and other items. Two receipts, one in 1849 and the other in 1853, document Ingram's contracting for slave labor. Also included is Volume 1, Issue 1, of the Tampico Sentinel, 1 February 1846, an English-language newspaper published during the American occupation of Tampico, Mexico, during the Mexican War. There are also tintypes, ambrotypes, and daguerreotypes. One tintype is identified as John William Cameron; the others are unidentified and undated.
Creator Ingram, Sanders Meredith, 1819-1905.
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 Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers #5491, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, Philadelphia, Pa., in March 2011 (Acc. 101411).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Sanders Meredith Ingram was a farmer, lawyer, and state legislator from Richmond County, N.C. He was also a part of the inaugural class at Wake Forest College, 1834-1835. Ingram served in the Mexican War in the lst Tennessee Calvary Regiment and in the Civil War as first lieutenant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He left the army in 1862 to serve in the North Carolina state legislature. Ingram's first wife was Jane Mourning Shepherd; their children were Hugh M., Cornelia Ann; Claudia Meredith; Judith Winfrey; and Edwin Thomas. After Jane's death, Ingram married Sarah Francis Moore Hogan in 1873, with whom he had at least three children: Sanders Moore; Asenath Louise, and Nellie Rebecca. Ingram died in 1905 and was buried in Montgomery County, N.C.

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The collection includes letters, writings, printed materials, financial and legal materials, images, and other items of Sanders Meredith Ingram. Early letters relate to Ingram's farm in Richmond County, N.C.; fundraising at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Ingram had been a student; and the Mexican War, where Ingram fought as a volunteer in the 1st Tennessee Calvary Regiment. Correspondents include his brother W.M. Ingram, cousin Rebecca A. Whitmore, nephew John N. Ingram, and daughter Nellie Rebecca Ingram. A February 1846 letter from friends Isaac and Martha Ewing makes reference to the severity of an outbreak of typhoid fever and high casualties among the slave population. Civil War-era letters include those from family members and friends, Ingram's October 1862 letter of resignation from the Confederate Army following his election as a state legislator representing Richmond County, and several letters from Confederate soldiers requesting transfers out of the military and into government service. There is also a February 1871 letter from John McLeod to Thomas Garrett, who may have been related to Ingram. In the letter, McLeod criticized the work ethic of the African Americans he encountered. Other letters are addressed to Micheaux ("Mishie") Ingram and Mrs. R.H. Seward of Star, N.C.

The collection also includes speeches written by Sanders Meredith Ingram concerning the Mexican War and the Civil War and several Civil War-themed poems written by Ingram. Other materials include official correspondence from the Pension Office and the State of North Carolina, an 1861 document appointing Ingram as first lieutenant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, contracts, receipts, clippings, and other items. Two items of particular interest are receipts for the arrangement of slave labor. The first, dated 29 December 1849, concerns the transfer of a "certain Negro Girl Mary" from J.N. Ingram to Sanders Meredith Ingram. The second is dated 29 December 1853 and documents Ingram's purchase of "two certain negroes by the name of Newberry and Daniel" from Alred Baldwin for $19.25 for one year. Another item of interest is Volume 1, Issue 1, of the Tampico Sentinel, 6 February 1846, an English-language newspaper published during the American occupation of Tampico, Mexico, during the Mexican War. There are also tintypes, ambrotypes, and daguerreotypes. One tintype is identified as John William Cameron; the others are unidentified and undated.

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120 items.

Folder 1

Correspondence, circa 1830-1850 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 1

Includes letters addressed to Sanders Meredith Ingram from friends and family members, referring to matters such as Ingram's farm in Richmond County, N.C.; fundraising at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Ingram had been a student; and the Mexican War. A February 1846 letter from Isaac and Martha Ewing makes reference to the severity of an outbreak of typhoid fever and high casualties among the slave population.

Folder 2

Correspondence, circa 1860-1870 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 2

Primarily letters from family members and friends during the Civil War. Included is Sanders Meredith Ingram's October 1862 letter of resignation from the Confederate Army to serve as a state legislator in North Carolina. Several letters are from Confederate soldiers requesting transfers out of the military and into government service. There is also a March 1869 letter from Solomon Sampson Satchwell, a prominent North Carolina physician and graduate of Wake Forest College.

Folder 3

Correspondence, circa 1870-1890 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 3

Letters addressed to, or sent by, family members of Sanders Meredith Ingram, including his brother W.M. Ingram, cousin Rebecca A. Whitmore, nephew John N. Ingram, and daughter Nellie Rebecca Ingram (b. 1876). There is a February 1871 letter from John McLeod to Thomas Garrett, who may have been a relative of Ingram. In the letter, McLeod criticized the work ethic of the African Americans he encountered.

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1901-1930 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 4

Includes two letters to Sanders Meredith Ingram, one of which is a September 1901 letter from his nephew John N. Ingram discussing weather and farming conditions in Colorado, as well as the recent assassination of President William McKinley. Other letters are addressed to Micheaux ("Mishie") and Mrs. R.H. Seward of Star, N.C. Several letters to Seward are from representatives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to which she was applying for admission.

Folder 5

Speeches and poems, circa 1845-1860 and undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 5

Speeches written by Sanders Meredith Ingram relating to the Mexican War and the Civil War and several Civil War-themed poems by Ingram.

Folder 6

Printed material, 1847-1902 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 6

Includes official correspondence from the Pension Office and the State of North Carolina, an 1861 document appointing Ingram as first lieutenant in the 38th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, and other documents.

Folder 7

Other papers, circa 1845-1890 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 7

Includes contracts, receipts, clippings, envelopes, and other items.

Folder 8

Slave receipts, 1849, 1853 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." Folder 8

Two receipts for the arrangement of slave labor. The first, dated 29 December 1849, concerns the transfer of a "certain Negro Girl Mary" from J.N. Ingram to Sanders Meredith Ingram. The second is dated 29 December 1853 and documents Ingram's purchase of "two certain negroes by the name of Newberry and Daniel" from Alred Baldwin for $19.25 for one year. The receipt includes clothing, shoes, and a blanket for each slave.

Oversize Paper OP-5491/1

Tampico Sentinel, Volume 1, Number 1, 6 February 1846 #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." OP-5491/1

The Tampico Sentinel was an English-language newspaper published during the American occupation of Tampico, Mexico, in the Mexican War. The issue features articles describing the town of Sante Fe and the Irish Potato Famine, among other news items.

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Tintype: John William Cameron, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/1

Identification from dealer's catalog.

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Tintype: Unidentified young woman, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/2

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Tintype: Unidentified woman standing, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/3

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Ambrotype: Unidentified seated young man, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/4

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Ambrotype: Unidentified seated man, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/5

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Daguerreotype: Unidentified seated man, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/6

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Daguerreotype: Unidentified seated man, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/7

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Daguerreotype: Unidentified seated woman, undated #05491, Series: " Sanders Meredith Ingram Papers, 1830-1930." SF-P-5491/8

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Processed by: Martin Gengenbach, July 2011

Encoded by: Martin Gengenbach, July 2011

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