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Collection Number: 04374

Collection Title: Joseph Sams Papers, 1820-1896 (bulk 1861-1865).

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Size 40 items.
Abstract Correspondence and other papers of Joseph Sams and members of his family, consisting mostly of letters from Joseph Sams to his wife, Polly Ann Crawford Sams, during the Civil War years. A native of Madison County, N.C., Sams was in the minority of Confederate sympathizers from that part of the state. Sams's letters to his wife Polly chronicle his hopes and fears for the the Southern cause from his arrival in Raleigh in 1861 to his capture at Yazoo City, Miss., in 1863; they include references to Confederate activities at Camp Haynesville, Elizabethton, Jackson, Charleston, Morristown, and Shelbyville, Tenn., and at Yazoo City, Miss. Sams fought with the 64th and 29th North Carolina regiments. Also included are a ciphering book, dated 19 June 1820, of Robert Benson Crawford, Joseph Sams's father-in-law, and a few letters of other members of the Sams and Crawford families, including letters from H. T. (Henry?) Crawford, R. B. Crawford's son, a Confederate soldier at Dalton, Ga., and Greeneville, Tenn., in 1864 and 1865.
Creator Sams, Joseph, d. 1865.
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 Joseph Sams Papers, #4374, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1983
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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Correspondence and other papers of Joseph Sams and members of his family, consisting mostly of letters from Joseph Sams to his wife, Polly Ann Crawford Sams, during the Civil War years. A native of Madison County, N.C., Sams was in the minority of Confederate sympathizers from that part of the state. Sams's letters to his wife Polly chronicle his hopes and fears for the the Southern cause from his arrival in Raleigh in 1861 to his capture at Yazoo City, Miss., in 1863; they include references to Confederate activities at Camp Haynesville, Elizabethton, Jackson, Charleston, Morristown, and Shelbyville, Tenn., and at Yazoo City, Miss. Sams fought with the 64th and 29th North Carolina regiments. Also included are a ciphering book, dated 19 June 1820, of Robert Benson Crawford, Joseph Sams's father-in-law, and a few letters of other members of the Sams and Crawford families, including letters from H. T. (Henry?) Crawford, R. B. Crawford's son, a Confederate soldier at Dalton, Ga., and Greeneville, Tenn., in 1864 and 1865.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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