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Collection Number: 03408-z

Collection Title: Proffit Family Letters, 1860-1865, 1882.

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This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size About 155 items
Abstract William and Mary Proffit lived near Lewis Fork Post Office, Wilkes County, N.C. The collection is chiefly Civil War letters of the Proffit's four sons, to their parents and sister at home, and to each other. The letters discuss the farm and family and events in Wilkes County, and also army life and activities. All three sons served in North Carolina regiments in the Virginia theatre of the war. William H. Proffit was in Company B, 1st North Carolina Regiment, primarily in northern Virginia. He died in hospital at Gordonsville, Va., in October 1863. Alfred N. and Andrew J. Proffit were both in Company D, 18th North Carolina Regiment. Alfred spent time at hospitals in Richmond, Staunton, and Lynchburg, Va., and participated in most of the major battles in Virginia. Andrew saw action in Maryland and West Virginia in 1862, was captured and exchanged twice, and spent time in a hospital in Richmond. Calvin Luther Proffit was in Company H, 13th North Carolina Regiment, primarily along the Rappahannock River. He died in camp, March 1863.
Creator Proffit family.
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 Proffit Family Letters, #3408-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase 1959
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 and Mary Proffit lived near Lewis Fork Post Office, Wilkes County, N.C.

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The collection is chiefly Civil War letters of the Proffit's four sons, to their parents and sister at home, and to each other. The letters discuss the farm and family and events in Wilkes County, and also army life and activities. All three sons served in North Carolina regiments in the Virginia theatre of the war. William H. Proffit was in Company B, 1st North Carolina Regiment, primarily in northern Virginia. He died in hospital at Gordonsville, Va., in October 1863. Alfred N. and Andrew J. Proffit were both in Company D, 18th North Carolina Regiment. Alfred spent time at hospitals in Richmond, Staunton, and Lynchburg, Va., and participated in most of the major battles in Virginia. Andrew saw action in Maryland and West Virginia in 1862, was captured and exchanged twice, and spent time in a hospital in Richmond. Calvin Luther Proffit was in Company H, 13th North Carolina Regiment, primarily along the Rappahannock River. He died in camp, March 1863.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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