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Collection Number: 05029-z

Collection Title: H. M. Lynn Papers, 1858-1882 and undated

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 75 items
Abstract H. M. Lynn (also called Gridley Lynn) was mustered into Company C of the 9th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on 24 May 1861 at Jackson, Tenn. He served as an infantryman for the balance of the war. He is listed on a role of deserters from the Confederate Army in June 1865. He is also listed as having taken the oath of allegiance on 2 June 1865 and paroled in July of that year at Murfreesboro, Tenn. He later moved to Des Arc, Ark., where he apparently became postmaster in 1889. The collection consists of correspondence between Lynn and his wife, Mattie Simpson Lynn, during the Civil War. H. M. Lynn's letters describe various aspects of military life and the progress of the war, although they contain few specifics. The letters from his wife are concerned with news from the home front, the day-to-day lives of Confederate civilians, discussions of emancipation, and ruminations on the causes of the war. Also included is the text of a brief speech, apparently delivered by H. M. Lynn after the war, in which he discussed the Confederate dispositions around Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., before and during the battle there in 1864. There are also photocopies of several pages of Confederate muster rolls on which H. M. Lynn's signature appears; a photocopy of a document showing that Lynn took the oath of allegiance in 1865; several letters of indeterminate origin from the 1870s; two catechisms and a small volume of religious songs that apparently belonged to Mattie Simpson Lynn; an 1858 letter her from her brother; and an undated, handwritten biography of H. M. Lynn.
Creator Lynn, H. M., b. 1837.
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 H. M. Lynn Papers #5029-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
Typescript transcriptions of correspondence are available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in June 2000 (Acc. 98676).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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H. M. Lynn (also called Gridley Lynn), teacher of Tipton, Tenn., was mustered into Company C of the 9th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on 24 May 1861 at Jackson, Tenn. He served as an infantryman for the balance of the war. He is listed on a role of deserters from the Confederate Army in June 1865. He is also listed as having taken the oath of allegiance on 2 June 1865 and paroled in July of that year at Murfreesboro, Tenn. He later moved to Des Arc, Ark., where he apparently became postmaster in 1889.

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The papers of Tennessee Civil War soldier H. M. Lynn consist of correspondence between Lynn and his wife, Mattie Simpson Lynn, during his military service with the 9th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Lynn's letters describe various aspects of military life and the progress of the war, although they contain few specifics. The letters from his wife are concerned with news from the home front, the day-to-day lives of Confederate civilians, discussions of emancipation, and ruminations on the causes of the war. Also included is the text of a brief speech, apparently delivered by H. M. Lynn after the war, in which he discussed the Confederate dispositions around Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., before and during the battle there in 1864. There are also photocopies of several pages of Confederate muster rolls on which H. M. Lynn's signature appears; a photocopy of a document showing that Lynn took the oath of allegiance in 1865; several letters of indeterminate origin from the 1870s; two catechisms and a small volume of religious songs that apparently belonged to Mattie Simpson Lynn; an 1858 letter to her from her brother; and an undated, handwritten biography of H. M. Lynn.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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