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Collection Number: 03279-z

Collection Title: John Dudley Tatum Letters, 1855-1862.

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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 43 items
Abstract John Dudley Tatum (1839-1862) was a school teacher, graduate of the University of North Carolina, and Confederate soldier killed at the Battle of Murfreesboro. The collection includes letters from Tatum to his sisters in Milledgeville, Ga., while he was a student at Mercer College (now Mercer University), then at Penfield, Ga., and at the University of North Carolina, 1855-1858, discussing school life and social activities; as a teacher in Alabama and Arkansas, discussing social customs, the surrounding countryside, and Arkansas's secession; and while in the Confederate Army, 1861-1862, as a member of Company E, 48th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers, stationed near Savannah Ga., discussing camp life and preparations for the city's defense, and in Tennessee. In his letters, he expressed great interest in his sisters' education and included comments about their deportment and letter-writing.
Creator Tatum, John Dudley, 1839-1862.
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 John Dudley Tatum Letters, #3279-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mabry Harper, May 1957.
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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John Dudley Tatum (1839-1862) was born near Milledgeville, Ga., to Herbert Dudley Tatum, a native of North Carolina, and Frances Kirby Greene Tatum, a native of Virginia. He was educated at Mercer College (now Mercer University), then at Penfield, Ga., and at the University of North Carolina, 1855-1858. He was for a time a teacher in Alabama and Arkansas and served in Company E, 48th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers, Confederate Army. Tatum was killed at the Battle of Murfreesboro.

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The collection includes letters from John Dudley Tatum to his sister Anna Tatum in Milledgeville and Madison, Ga., while he was a student at Mercer College and at the University of North Carolina, 1855-1858, discussing school life and social activities; as a teacher in Alabama and Arkansas, 1859-1861, discussing social customs, the surrounding countryside, and Arkansas's secession; and while in the Confederate Army, 1861-1862, as a member of Company E, 48th Regiment of Alabama Volunteers, stationed near Savannah Ga., discussing camp life and preparations for the city's defense, and in Tennessee. In his letters, he expressed great interest in his sisters' education and included comments about their deportment and letter-writing.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2009

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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