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Collection Number: 04073-z

Collection Title: Iron Station (N.C.) Papers, 1852-1878

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Size About 135 items on one microfilm reel and a few photocopies.
Abstract Photocopies and microfilm of sales correspondence, bills, and receipts, 1863-1865, of High Shoals Manufacturing Company; business letters, 1866-1878, received by Lawrence S. Camp, including letters from his brother in Centre, Ala., describing farm economic conditions and relations with black tenant farmers; and other papers relating to the economic development of Iron Station in Lincoln County, N.C.
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 Iron Station (N.C.) papers #4073-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Lent for filming by Mrs. J. Blair Waugh of Galax, Va., in November 1975 and transferred from the S. H. Steeleman Collection (#4074).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Photocopies and microfilm of sales correspondence, bills, and receipts, 1863-1865, of High Shoals Manufacturing Company; business letters, 1866-1878, received by Lawrence S. Camp, including letters from his brother in Centre, Ala., describing farm economic conditions and relations with black tenant farmers; and other papers relating to the economic development of Iron Station in Lincoln County, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. High Shoals Iron Company, 1863-1865.

59 items.

In 1862, Robert R. Bridgers, John L. Bridgers, and (?) Powell purchased the High Shoals Iron Company. The property included mineral deposits and machinery in Gaston, Lincoln, and Cleveland counties, N.C., as well as land under cultivation. In 1865, they sold the property to Union Admiral Charles Wilkes, under whom the company was renamed the High Shoals Manufacturing Company.

Papers include no information on the formation, location, or history of the company. There are, however, invoices, bills of lading, receipts and correspondence about the sale of the company's products, especially nails. Most of the letters were either addressed to or written by Robert R. Bridgers or B. B. Barron. Also included is a letter, 7 March 1865, from John L. Bridgers in Rocky Mount, N.C., to Bolin describing the military situation in his area and the expected battle between Johnston and Sherman.

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75 items.

Letters received by Lawrence S. Camp, Iron Station, Lincoln County, N.C., from Walter S. Stanton of Tarboro, N.C.; John L. Bridgers, Tarboro, N.C.; B. B. Barron, Joyner's Depot, N.C.; and Donald Macrae, Wilmington, N.C. Camp rented (and later purchased) land from Stanton; served as business agent for Stanton, Bridgers, and Barron; and, in the 1870s, was a salesman for Navassa Guano Company for which Macrae was treasurer. Letters deal with the sale, exchange, and shipment of crops; collection and payment of notes and debts; agricultural conditions; the sale of guano; and occasional personal news.

Also included are scattered letters written to Camp by his brother, T. P. Camp, a farmer in Centre, Cherokee County, Ala. These letters describe his brother's economic situation, status of his crops, plans for his family, relations with black tenants, and other personal matters.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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