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Collection Number: 02726-z

Collection Title: Phifer Family Papers, 1859; 1862-1864.

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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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Size 153 items
Abstract John F. Phifer, a manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Caroline Ramseur Phifer, resided in Lincolnton, N.C. John and Elizabeth had three sons who served in the Confederate army, Private Will Locke (died 1963), 5th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry; Lieutenant Edward K. (died 1864), Company K, 49th North Carolina Regiment; and Captain George S. The collection includes Civil War letters exchanged by Lieutenant Edward K. Phifer in Virginia and eastern North Carolina; his parents, John F. Phifer and Elizabeth Caroline Ramseur Phifer, in Lincoln County, N.C.; and his brothers, Private Will Locke Phifer (killed in action at Chickamauga in 1863) and Captain George S. Phifer; papers about Phifer's hospitalization and death at Petersburg, Va., and conditions in Petersburg, June-July 1864; and other family papers. Most items and correspondence of Edward K. Phifer deal with military movements, living conditions, fighting, casualties, desertions, recruiting and drilling troops, and family and community news from Lincolnton.
Creator Phifer family.
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 Phifer Family Papers, #2726-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dr. E. W. Phifer of Morganton, N.C., September 1943.
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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John F. Phifer, a manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Caroline Ramseur Phifer, resided in Lincolnton, N.C. John and Elizabeth had three sons who served in the Confederate army, Private Will Locke (died 1963), 5th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry; Lieutenant Edward K. (died 1864), Company K, 49th North Carolina Regiment; and Captain George S.

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The collection includes Civil War letters exchanged by Lieutenant Edward K. Phifer (died 1864), in Virginia and eastern North Carolina; his parents, John F. Phifer and Elizabeth Caroline Ramseur Phifer, in Lincoln County, N.C.; and his brothers, Private Will Locke Phifer (died 1863), in Tennessee, and Captain George S. Phifer, in Virginia and North Carolina, in the Confederate Army; papers about Edward Phifer's hospitalization and death at Petersburg, Va., and conditions in Petersburg, June-July 1864; and other family papers. Most items and correspondence of Edward K. Phifer deal with military movements, living conditions, fighting, casualties, desertions, recruiting and drilling troops, and family and community news from Lincolnton.

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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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