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Collection Number: 01094

Collection Title: Nimrod Porter Papers, 1819-1871

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5 items)
Abstract Farmer and sheriff in Maury County, Tenn. Diary and other records of Nimrod Porter. The diary, 1861-1871, records daily life during the Civil War and Reconstruction; weather; farm and business activities; operations of Union and Confederate armies and guerillas in Maury County and vicinity; news of neighbors in the Confederate Army; the federal occupation of Tennessee; behavior of slaves and freedmen; and feelings and comments about events. There are also scattered household and farm notes, receipts, and accounts, 1833-1843 and 1869-1870; and Porter's brief pungent descriptions of his campaigns for sheriff, 1819-1843.
Creator Porter, Nimrod.
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 Nimrod Porter Papers #1094, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
A microfilm copy of volume 1 of the diary is available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frances Moore Stephenson of Columbia, Tenn., in May 1946.
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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Nimrod Porter was a farmer and sheriff in Maury County, Tenn.

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Diary and other records of Nimrod Porter. The diary, 1861-1871, records daily life during the Civil War and Reconstruction; weather; farm and business activities; operations of Union and Confederate armies and guerillas in Maury County and vicinity; news of neighbors in the Confederate Army; the federal occupation of Tennessee; behavior of slaves and freedmen; and feelings and comments about events. There are also scattered household and farm notes, receipts, and accounts, 1833-1843 and 1869-1870; and Porter's brief pungent descriptions of his campaigns for sheriff, 1819-1843.

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Contents list

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5 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Volume 1: 1836-1843 and 1861-1864, 250 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 1

Copies of certificates and other material of Porter as sheriff and election officer in Maury County, receipts, and personal and farm diary with miscellaneous notes, remedies, receipts, weather tables, and reports from the front during the war, 1861-1864. The volume also contains Porter's comments about the county elections, 1819-1843, in which he ran.

Folder 2

Volume 2: 1834-1843 and 1864-1867, 250 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 2

Financial records of Porter as sheriff and descriptions of court matters, 1834-1843, and diary, notes, and other records, 1864-1867.

Folder 3

Volume 3a: 1867-1869, 200 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 3

Diary of Porter, continued (first of two volumes).

Folder 4

Volume 3b: 1867-1869, 200 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 4

Diary of Porter, continued (second of two volumes).

Folder 5

Volume 4: 1869-1871, 234 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 5

Diary of Porter continued and some accounts.

Folder 6

Volume 5: 1864 and 1869-1870, 120 pp. #01094, Series: "1. Volumes, 1834-1871" Folder 6

Letter copies, 1864, of agreements with U.S. military railroads and "Stock Book," 1869-1870, with contracts, depositions, notes, and accounts.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

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

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