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Collection Number: 03626-z

Collection Title: William Groves Morris Papers, 1861; 1865; 1877; 1894; 1941; 1957.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Abstract William Groves Morris (1825-1918) was a carpenter and millwright from Dallas, Gaston County, N.C., who served as captain and lieutenant colonel of the 37th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War. The collection includes two clippings about Morris, 1941 and 1957; and a photocopy of a compilation, titled "The Life and Letters of Colonel William G. Morris," produced, 1935-1937, by Hazel Morris Ritch Lawing, of transcriptions of Civil War letters from William Groves Morris, accompanied by a biographical sketch of him, transcriptions of family Bible records, and two postwar letters to Morris. The Civil War letters were written by Morris to his wife and family from eastern North Carolina and Virginia and, after he was captured at Gettysburg, from the federal prison at Johnson's Island, Ohio. They discuss in some detail military activities, living conditions in camp, religious activities, Morris's feelings about the war, and other matters, and offer advice about affairs at home.
Creator Morris, William Groves, 1825-1918.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 William Groves Morris Papers, #3626-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Marvin Lee Rich of Charlotte, N.C., April 1963.
Location of Originals
Originals in private hands in 1963.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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William Groves Morris (1825-1918) was a carpenter and millwright from Dallas, Gaston County, N.C., who served as captain and lieutenant colonel of the 37th North Carolina Regiment in eastern North Carolina and Virginia, 1861-1863; was captured at Gettysburg; and was imprisoned at Johnson's Island, Ohio until February 1865. After the war he returned home to Gaston County where he continued as a carpenter and farmer and served one term in the state legislature. Morris and his wife Louisa Costner Morris had nine children.

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The collection contains photocopies of typed transcriptions. The collection includes two clippings about William Groves Morris, 1941 and 1957; and a photocopy of a compilation, titled "The Life and Letters of Colonel William G. Morris," produced, 1935-1937, by Hazel Morris Ritch Lawing, of transcriptions of Civil War letters from William Groves Morris, accompanied by a biographical sketch of him, transcriptions of family Bible records, and two postwar letters to Morris. The Civil War letters were written by Morris to his wife and family from eastern North Carolina and Virginia and, after he was captured at Gettysburg, from the federal prison at Johnson's Island, Ohio. They discuss in some detail military activities, living conditions in camp, religious activities, Morris's feelings about the war, and other matters, and offer advice about affairs at home.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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