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Collection Number: 02864-z

Collection Title: Charles W. Sydnor Letters, 1863-1867.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 63 items
Abstract Charles W. Sydnor (fl. 1863-1867) of Frederick County, Va., served as a surgeon in the Confederate army. The collection includes letters from Sydnor while serving in field hospitals of the Army of Northern Virginia, to his fiancee, later wife, Mary Louisa Davis (born 1843), of Lovingston, Nelson County, Va., describing his activities and his feelings for her. Postwar papers and letters relate to their life in Frederick County, Va.
Creator Sydnor, Charles W., fl. 1863-1867.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Charles W. Sydnor Letters, #2864-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Joseph J. Thompson of Charles Town, W.V., 1952.
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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Charles W. Sydnor (fl. 1863-1867) of Frederick County, Va., served as a surgeon in the Confederate army in Northern Virginia. He was married to Mary Louis Davis (born 1843) of Nelson County, Va., in 1865.

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The collection includes letters from Charles W. Sydnor, while serving as a Confederate surgeon in field hospitals of the Army of Northern Virginia, to his fiancee, later wife, Mary Louisa Davis describing his activities and his feelings for her. Letters chiefly relate to the progress of their courtship, but also mention battles, hardships of marches, and casualties. Postwar papers and letters relate to their life in Frederick County, Va.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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