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Collection Number: 00866-z

Collection Title: Edmund Jones Williams Letters, 1861-1864.

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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 34 items
Abstract Edmund Jones Williams (1841-1926) was a soldier in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry and the 31st North Carolina Regiment. The collection includes letters from Edmund Jones Williams from locations in North Carolina and Virginia during the Civil War to members of his family in Cumberland County, N.C. Williams wrote from the Virginia Peninsula, 1861; from Sampson, Onslow, Bertie, and other North Carolina counties, 1862-1863; and from Petersburg, Culpeper, and the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia, May 1863-December 1864. The letters give a detailed picture of camp life and engagements in these locations.
Creator Williams, Edmund Jones, 1841-1926.
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 Edmund Jones Williams Letters, #866-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from T. Bayard Williams, Baltimore, Md., July 1944.
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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Edmund Jones Williams (1841-1926) was a soldier in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry and the 31st North Carolina Regiment. Williams was born at Linden, Cumberland County, N.C. He recieved his medical doctorate from Washington Medical College, Baltimore, Md.

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The collection includes letters from Edmund Jones Williams, a soldier in the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry and the 31st North Carolina Regiment from locations in North Carolina and Virginia to members of his family in Cumberland County, N.C. Williams wrote from the Virginia Peninsula, 1861; from Sampson, Onslow, Bertie, and other North Carolina counties, 1862-1863; and from Petersburg, Culpeper, and the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia, May 1863-December 1864. The letters give a detailed picture of camp life and engagements in these locations. Williams comments on the positions of the forces, an outbreak of measles and malaria, North Carolina crops, and troop movements. He also specifically mentions John B. Magruder, Stoneman's forces, and fighting at Fort Harrison, Va, and French speaking troops from New Orleans, La.

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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.

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