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Collection Number: 00688-z

Collection Title: Frank F. Steel Letters, 1859-1861

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Abstract Frank F. Steel of Ohio was apparently employed as a tutor or contract worker of some sort on a plantation in Mississippi and in Lexington, Ky. The collection includes letters from Steel to his sister, Anna Steel, at Hillsboro, Ohio. One letter was written from Cottage Home Plantation, Washington County, Miss., in 1859. In it, Steel described the treatment of slaves and their relationship with the plantation owner. In another letter, written from Lexington, Ky., in 1860, he discussed the national political crisis and the possibility of secession. The third letter, dated 1861 from Lexington, concerns divided sentiment toward the coming conflict among Steel's friends and relations in Kentucky and Ohio.
Creator Steel, Frank F., fl. 1859-1861.
Language English
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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 Frank F. Steel Letters #688-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Misses Williams of Ridgeway, N.C., before 1940.
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Frank F. Steel of Ohio was apparently employed as a tutor or contract worker of some sort on a plantation in Mississippi and in Lexington, Ky.

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Three letters from Frank F. Steel to Anna Steel at Hillsboro, Ohio. In the first, dated 15 December 1859, he wrote at "Cottage Home," southern Washington County, Miss., about his new situation at a plantation about five miles from the Mississippi River. He mentioned exercising, hunting, and reading, but discussed at greater length the treatment and condition of slaves at "Major Redd's" plantation and in general by plantation owners. He also expressed his "Northern prejudice" against blacks.

In the second letter, dated 8 December 1860, Frank F. Steel wrote at Lexington, Ky., about the concept of one's "sense of duty"; about the South and Southerners, in a sympathetic tone; about the national political crisis and the possibility of secession; and about family and personal matters.

In the third letter, dated 19 August 1861, he wrote at Lexington, Ky., about his attendance at social events in the area; about his sympathy for the South; about his family's sentiments (mostly for the North); and other family matters. His closing signature is followed by the phrase "Rebel Army," and a pencil note below says "1st Ky."

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