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Collection Number: 01464

Collection Title: Williamson Whitehead Papers, 1861-1894.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 63 items)
Abstract Williamson Whitehead was a businessman, public official, and justice of the peace in Cumberland County, N.C. The collection includes the Civil War diary kept by Whitehead while serving as a clerk in the 1st North Carolina Regiment on the Virginia peninsula and in North Carolina, and postwar business papers and account books from Fayetteville, N.C., relating chiefly to building, shipping, purchasing, the bankruptcy of a merchant firm, and rental property for which Whitehead was an agent. The diary covers the period 31 August-10 December 1861, with a few later entries. Some entries are extensive; they deal with camp life, especially religious activities and morality, reflections on the course of the war and the future of the Confederacy, Whitehead's relationship with his fiancee and other matters.
Creator Whitehead, Williamson.
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 Williamson Whitehead Papers, #1464, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription of diary available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret R. Whitehead of Fayetteville, N.C., May 1948.
Received from Claude W. Rankin of Fayetteville, N.C., January 1956.
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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Williamson Whitehead (fl. 1861-1894) was a businessman, public official, and justice of the peace in Cumberland County, N.C. He served in the Civil War as a clerk in the 1st North Carolina Regiment on the Virginia peninsula and in North Carolina.

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The collection includes the Civil War diary of Williamson Whitehead and postwar business papers and account books from Fayetteville, N.C., relating chiefly to building, shipping, purchasing, the bankruptcy of S. T. Hawley and Son merchant firm, and rental property for which Whitehead was an agent. The diary covers the period 31 August-10 December 1861, with a few later entries. Some entries are extensive; they deal with camp life, especially religious activities and morality, reflections on the course of the war and the future of the Confederacy, Whitehead's relationship with his fiancee, and other matters. The account books contain records of general merchandise sold along with the name of the purchaser. Some are partially populated with clippings, postcards, and advertisements.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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.

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

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