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Collection Number: 01403

Collection Title: William H. Sims Diary and Papers, 1857-1865

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Size 1 microfilm reel
Abstract Papers include instructions, 1857, to an overseer in Alabama concerning the management of slaves and a fragment of minutes of the first meeting of the Tombigbee Rangers, C.S.A., of which William Henry Sims of Mississippi was 1st sergeant. The diary was kept by William Henry Sims during his imprisonment in a Union Army hospital and military prisons in Tennessee and Kentucky. There are almost daily entries concerning prison conditions, groups interned there, soldier attitudes at the war's end, arrangements for taking loyalty oaths, and so forth. In addition to the diary, there are a few poems, addresses, and miscellaneous notes.
Creator Sims, William H., 1820-1890.
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 William H. Sims diary and Papers #1403, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Lent for filming by Henry Upson Sims of Birmingham, Ala., in November 1947.
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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Papers include instructions, 1857, to an overseer in Alabama concerning the management of slaves and a fragment of minutes of the first meeting of the Tombigbee Rangers, C.S.A., of which William Henry Sims of Mississippi was 1st sergeant. The diary was kept by William Henry Sims during his imprisonment in a Union Army hospital and military prisons in Tennessee and Kentucky. There are almost daily entries concerning prison conditions, groups interned there, soldier attitudes at the war's end, arrangements for taking loyalty oaths, and so forth. In addition to the diary, there are a few poems, addresses, and miscellaneous notes.

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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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