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Collection Number: 03399-z

Collection Title: Harvey Washington Walter Papers, 1849-1899.

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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 Harvey Washington Walter (1819-1878) was a native of Ohio, lawyer in Holly Springs, Miss., and a Confederate Army officer. The collection contains letters and correspondence of Walter. Included are personal and official letters from Confederate General Braxton Bragg, on whose staff Walter served as judge advocate, concerning cases for court martial and inquiry, points of military law, and Bragg's efforts to collect and preserve papers for his defense if needed in connection with his military operations. Other correspondence includes wartime letters from relatives at home in Holly Springs, Miss., describing depredations by Union forces, several letters from Walter's sons at school at the University of Mississippi, postwar correspondence with General William Tecumseh Sherman, a childhood friend, primarily concerning political appointments and favors, and miscellaneous letters from Nathan Bedford Forrest, L. Q. C. (Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus) Lamar, and Stephen D. (Stephen Dill) Lee. Also included are a bill of sale for a slave, 1851; family letters; Walter's diary, 1849, of a trip by rail, steamboat, and coach from Mississippi up the eastern seaboard to Boston, Mass., returning by way of the Great Lakes and Michigan; and the diary of Walter's wife, Fredonia Brown Walter, 1850-1852, possibly kept at Holly Springs, giving details about her daily life.
Creator Walter, Harvey Washington, 1819-1878.
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 Harvey Washington Walter Papers, #3399-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coe of Memphis, Tenn., 1958, 1963.
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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Harvey Washington Walter (1819-1878) was a native of Ohio, lawyer in Holly Springs, Miss., and a Confederate Army officer, serving as a member of Major General Braxton Bragg's staff.

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The collection contains letters and correspondence of Harvey Washington Walter (1819-1879). Included are personal and official letters from Confederate General Braxton Bragg, on whose staff Walter served as judge advocate, concerning cases for court martial and inquiry, points of military law, and Bragg's efforts to collect and preserve papers for his defense if needed in connection with his military operations. Other correspondence includes wartime letters from relatives at home in Holly Springs, Miss., describing depredations by Union forces, several letters from Walter's sons at school at the University of Mississippi, postwar correspondence with General William Tecumseh Sherman, a childhood friend, primarily concerning political appointments and favors, and miscellaneous letters from Nathan Bedford Forrest, L. Q. C. Lamar, and Stephen D. Lee. Also included are a bill of sale for a slave, 1851; family letters; Walter's diary, 1849, of a trip by rail, steamboat, and coach from Mississippi up the eastern seaboard to Boston, Mass., returning by way of the Great Lakes and Michigan; and the diary of Walter's wife, Fredonia Brown Walter, 1850-1852, possibly kept at Holly Springs, giving details about her daily life.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, December 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.

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