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Collection Number: 01895-z

Collection Title: John R. Peacock Papers, 1838-1954.

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Abstract Miscellaneous letters, soldiers' reminiscences, photographs, autographs, and other papers relating to the Confederacy, to Confederate officials before or after the Civil War, and to other aspects of American history, collected by John R. Peacock. Persons mentioned include Jubal A. Early, States Rights Gist, and G. T. Beauregard. Events mentioned include the Cherokee Removal of 1838 and Price's Missouri Expedition, 1864.
Creator Peacock, John R., collector.
Language English
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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 John R. Peacock papers #1895-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John R. Peacock of High Point, N.C., in September 1951; July, September, and December 1953; January, June, and October 1954; March, April, and August 1955; November and December 1956; August and October 1958; and April and July 1959.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Miscellaneous letters, soldiers' reminiscences, photographs, autographs, and other papers relating to the Confederacy, to Confederate officials before or after the Civil War, and to other aspects of American history, collected by John R. Peacock. Persons mentioned include Jubal A. Early, States Rights Gist, and G. T. Beauregard. Events mentioned include the Cherokee Removal of 1838 and Price's Missouri Expedition, 1864.

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43 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

6 June 1838, photostat of letter to Henchin Strickland of Danielsville, Madison County, Ga., from his son-in-law, N. W. Pittman, and son H. P. Strickland, telling of their activities as members of volunteer companies engaged in the operation of removing Cherokee Indians from Georgia. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

5 September 1851, photoprint of letter to Colonel Benjamin F. Larned, Acting Paymaster General, U.S. Army, from A. Sidney Johnston, Paymaster, U.S. Army, in Austin, Tex., enclosing a list of Captain H. E. McCullough's Company of Texas Volunteers, with names as they appear on the Audited Pay Roll and actual names as written by the claimants, with eighteen discrepancies. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

10 September 1853, photoprint copy of a letter to J. C. Osgood, Troy, N.Y., from J. F. Gilmer, Captain, U.S. Corps of Engineers, enclosing a letter from Brigadier General Joseph G. Totten about the patent for Osgood's apparatus, which was being used by the U.S. Government. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

21 December 1855, photoprint of letter to Major General Thomas S. Jesup, Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army, from Lt. J. E. B. Stuart, in regard to a contract for army purchase of corn. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

15 October 1858, pass for a two horse vehicle on the G. & G. Plank Road from Gulf to an unknown destination. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

12 November 1860, card with rates agreed upon by eleven physicians of Forsyth County, N.C. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

12 May 1861, photostat of letter from J. J. Minter at Sullivans Island to his brother about how he liked the army and about the soldiers' opposition to going to Virginia. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

21 July 1861, letter from Willie H. Hardy, a Confederate soldier at Bull Run, to his mother just before the battle. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

12 August 1861, photoprint of letter to Brigadier General W. W. Loring from Colonel Carter L. Stevenson, Assistant Adjutant General, about a badge to be worn by troops on this line. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

28 October 1861, letter to Martha A. Knight from her brother James F. Knight, Cap Butler, Barnwell County, S.C., about family and friends. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

November 1861, election slate showing the names of candidates from sixteen Virginia districts, the state at large, and the Confederate presidency and vice-presidency. (Not available as of August 1996) #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

20 January 1862, letter to James B. Knight from his son James F. Knight, Nansemond County, Va., about making and sending him shoes. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

20 February 1862, application for a leave of absence from the Confederate Army for a sergeant and granted by Major General H. R. Jackson. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 1

Folder 2

19 January 1863, letter from A. N. Minter in a camp near Fredericksburg to his brother about the war, politics in the North, and daily events. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

6 February 1863, letter to Harriet from her brother William describing his situation in the Piney Woods section of North Carolina. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

31 March 1863, photoprint of letter to Governor Zebulon B. Vance of North Carolina from Governor John Gill Shorter of Alabama about getting some cloth from a North Carolina factory for uniforms for cadets at the University of Alabama. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

7 April 1863, letter to Thomas Poindexter from William Sprinkle located near Fredericksburg. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

12 May 1863, photoprint of letter to Miss E. W. from Adam Seagle, Company F, 23rd North Carolina Regiment, Jackson's Brigade, Rhodes Division, at Fredericksburg. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

2 August 1863, letter from P. H. Poindexter, Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond, Va., to his uncle telling about the recent fighting. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

14 August 1863, photoprint letter to Dr. Lefar from Greene Peyton, Orange Court House, Va., in regard to an artificial leg for General Ewell. Peyton was aide to General R. E. Rhodes and Lefar was in charge of the Hospital Bureau in Charlottesville, 1861-1865. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

8 November 1863, photocopy of letter from Major General Patrick R. Cleburne, Missionary Ridge, to Lt. Colonel David Urquhart. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

31 January 1864, letter from J. W. Clark, a Federal soldier at Camp Smith, Nashville, Tenn., to his brother giving news of friends and describing life around camp at Nashville. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

27 June 1864, document exempting W. F. Simpson, John Fawcett, and W. H. Fawcett from military duty in the army of the Confederate States of America due to their occupations as farmers and listing the supplies they gave in turn to the Army. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

10 August 1864, letter to Catherine Diehl from her brother, Amos, a Federal soldier stationed near Petersburg, telling about the death of their brother Theodore, who had volunteered in Frederick County, Md., in July following a wound received 18 June. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

Fall, 1864, typescript copy of a manuscript entitled "The Last Days of the Confederacy, The Last Great Raid made by the Confederate Army under General Sterling Price, and the Last Battle fought by the Confederate Forces (in the Missouri area)" by W. J. Courtney, Company B, 5th Cavalry, Shanks Regiment, Shelby's Brigade, relating to Price's Missouri raid in the fall of 1864. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

17 November 1864, letter to James B. and E. Knight from their son, James F. Knight, near Kinston, N.C. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

30 November 1864, typescript statement of Judge L. H. Magnum of Arkansas regarding the death and burial of General Patrick R. Cleburne. Judge Magnum was Cleburne's law partner before the war and, at Franklin, was one of his staff officers. This was taken from Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers by Thomas A. Head (Nashville, Tenn., 1885). #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 2

Folder 3

16 April 1865, to Henry Jackson from his father, E. D. Jackson, in Cherokee, Ga., telling about farm work, hoping that his son could get a furlough, and mentioning several who have "gone to the yankeys." #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

4 September 1865, letter to G. T. Beauregard from A. H. Mason. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

31 December 1865, photoprint of letter to Major Edward Willis of Charleston, S.C., from G. A. Trenholm declining an invitation to dine. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

10 July 1866, photoprint of letter to Captain Charles J. von Schwartz at Liverpool from P. G. T. Beauregard in London concerning arrangements in connection with Beauregard's and General Adam's departure for Paris the next day. There is also a photoprint of part of a letter to John R. Peacock from Ezra J. Warner about the Beauregard letter with additional information about von Schwartz. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

22 April 1867, photostat of holograph will of Jubal Early written in Toronto, Canada, and later cancelled by him. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

10 March 1876, photostat of letter to Colonel J. G. Barnard, Corps of Engineers, New York, N.Y., from E. D. Townsend, Adjutant General, War Department, Washington, D.C., in response to Barnard's request for information about the removal of G. T. Beauregard from the superintendency of West Point in 1861. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

11 March 1876, photostat of letter to G. T. Beauregard from Col. J. G. Barnard about the former's removal from the superintendency of West Point in 1861. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

4 June 1882, photoprint of letter to Dr. S. H. Stone in Comanche, Tex., from S. B. Maxay in the Senate Chamber. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

10 May 1887, photoprint of letter to Mrs. Thackeray, Woodbury, N.J., from Sam Jones, Washington, D.C., formerly Major General, C.S.A., giving an outline of his military assignments. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

28 April 1889, photostat of letter to G. T. Beauregard from M. S. O. Donnell in Malden, Mass., asking the latter's opinion as to the practicability of the Confederacy's continuing the struggle west of the Mississippi after Lee's surrender in 1865. Included is Beauregard's reply. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

3 November 1890, photoprint of letter to General Henry M. Gist, Cincinnati, from L. L. Lomax, Blacksburg, Va., about Colonel James P. Major's Confederate assignments. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

24 April 1892, photoprint copy of autograph of E. McNair of Hattiesburg, Miss. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

March 1906, two typescript letters between Samuel Mumma, Jr., and James F. Clark, regarding the burning of Mumma House in Sharpsburg, Md., on 17 September 1862. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

12 September 1954, typescript sermon by Reverend Leon C. Burns of the Church of Christ in Columbia, S.C., denouncing efforts at desegregation. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

Undated, typed statement of "Uncle Wiley" Howard, body-servant of General States Rights Gist, telling of the death from a wound in a Civil War battle and burial of General Gist. Taken from Gist Family History by Wilson Gee of Charlottesville, Va., 1934. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

Undated (12 September), photoprint of letter to Ed. De Leon from Raphael Semmes, Paris, accepting a dinner invitation. #01895-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1838-1954." Folder 3

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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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