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  • "Letter, 5 Apr. 1863 (Camp near Franklin Depot [Southampton County, Va.], Seaboard & Roanoke RR), re snow, concern re safe drinking water, which Coleman rated "of a very inferior quality, Wiggle tails in abundance," which they procured from holes two feet deep, and predicting that the quality would only worsen over time, "you can imagine what the quality will be when we have summer in full blast. The citizens say it is healthy, as a general thing," comments criticizing the quality of the Confederate cavalry with whom he'd served in action; responding to a rumor about his getting married, "Who could have started such a report? I don't recollect to have spoken to a lady in six months. I am sure I have no idea of marrying now, and if I keep my senses I think I ever will.""
  • "Letter, 8 Apr. 1863 (Camp near Franklin Depot [Southampton County, Va.], "General Lee has issued an order that all superflorous baggage be sent back to Richmond in order that we be prepared for an active spring and summer campaign," hoping to conclude the war, "They have taken up the idea that we are almost starved out, and will soon be compelled to return to the Glorious Old Union. We whipped them last summer on less than half rations & I am satisfied we will be equally as well fed this summer. Provisions are plenty down here, but are held at tremendous prices," and requesting shoes, "I have none. Mine were stolen from me near Petersburg.""
  • "Other images include postcards of S.C. scenes: "Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, S.C." [ca. 1913?]; "The Greenwood Graded Schools, Greenwood, S.C." [ca. 1914]; "Old home of President Woodrow Wilson, Columbia, S.C." [1912?]; "Saluda Street, looking East. Chester, S.C." [ca. 1913]; and Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Chester, S.C. [ca. 1908]; as well as a church bulletin, July 1943, with view of facade of Purity Presbyterian Church in Chester, S.C."
  • "Letter, 6 Oct. 1861 ("Camp near Germantown..." [Fauquier County], Va.), reporting that regiment had been out "tearing up the railroad track" between Alexandria and Leesburg, Va., health of the regiment seemed to be improving, "about 40 of the convalescents left here for Charlottesville last evening," and discussion of clothes received from home and additional items requested. "I suppose Johnston Smith & Beauregard will concoct some plan to drive the Yankees out of Virginia and take Washington City. The Yankees have possession of Morrison Hill, Falls Church and other places occupied by us ten days ago. We can see their balloon up everyday. I suppose they are taking observations of our position and number of forces." Reply to discussion of possible trip by his mother and aunt to travel to Virginia to act as nurses, while Will suggests they remain in S.C. where their services would be needed if his regiment engaged in another battle."
  • "Letter, 22 Apr. 1861, from William Coleman at Ft. Moultrie (Sullivan's Island, S.C.), "I can hear nothing but the roaring of the sea and the crying of the sentinel," re an injury to Jim Reid who was suffering intense pain, and asking to be remembered to various persons, some of whom may be slaves identified by name. Letter, 20 July 1861 ([near] Richmond, Va.), re his arrival two days previous via railroad to a site "in the suburbs of the city," all safe "except one man, private Wren of the Catawba's, who was killed between Weldon and Petersburg by falling off the train whilst asleep. The company was in platform cars, we had a pretty rough time on the way.... Rain a plenty, no sleep and very little to eat"; news of a previous skirmish on July 18th "in which our troops under Beauregard were again victorious"; and orders to strike camp and head to Manassas, "when I commenced writing our tents were all standing, I have just looked up and nothing is to be seen but a body of men all busy in preparing to leave"; and reporting that he was sending an ambrotype portrait of his likeness under separate cover."
  • "Other antebellum papers include school compositions of the Coleman children and others: essay, 17 Jan. 1843, "Affliction," by John K. Woods, of Chesterville, S.C., who died 3 July 1844, aged 23 years, 4 months, 3 days; 2 school composition books [ca. 1850?] from a young woman enrolled at Limestone Springs Female High School in Spartanburg District, S.C.; and unsigned essay on history of the Baptists in Chester: "The 1st Sunday School, of the Baptist Church, in Chester, S.C.""
  • "Letter, 31 Aug. 1862 (Gainesville near Bull Run), re Second Battle of Bull Run, "it is a complete victory.... We captured a party of 30 white shirt broad cloth chaps who say they came for the purpose of nursing, but my impression they are too nicely dressed for that nursing. I think their object was plunder.... The yankee loss in field officers was very heavy. I hope this will satisfy them that it is impossible to subdue us.""
  • "Letters dating to antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras; land papers; promissory notes; bills and receipts; and related items documenting settlement of the estates of Richard E. Kennedy (1866) and Maj. John Kennedy (1869-1872); genealogical information; postcards and historical sketches of Chester, S.C.; and news articles."
  • "Letter, 28 Nov. 1861 (Centreville, Va.), re rumors of Union attack but quiet in camp; capture of Federal troops, "every few days out pickets bring in from 10 to 25 prisoners. 26 prisoners with horses were brought in yesterday"; requesting clothing and a pair of shoes; "Ann will be delighted to see Big Tom we will miss him here. He and Bob will give you all the news." Letter, 23 Dec. 1861 (Centreville, Va.), presumably written from Confederate soldier William Coleman to his mother, Mary Ann Kennedy Coleman (Chester, S.C.), describing involvement in the fight at Dranesville (Fairfax County, Va.), with details of casualties [an original letter; possibly incomplete]."
  • "Letter, 26 July [18]64 (Petersburg, Va.), re recent meals, expense of beef and vegetables, a bad storm, and few instances of enemy fire. Letter, 11 Sept. 1864 (Bivouac near Petersburg) written by John Kennedy Coleman, reporting that he now gets along much better with his brother William "Bur" Coleman, discussing Christianity in the ranks: "the cause of religion is prospering in the Regt. very well indeed. Several have been secretly baptized, a great many more will be as soon as possible. The meetings are well attended and the soldiers appear very attentive, it is very seldom that you hear an oath uttered. Several religious papers are received in camp among the number, the confederate Baptist is to be seen occasionally. Religious reading of any kind is very acceptable here.""
  • "Letter, 1 Aug. 1863 (Camp near Petersburg, Va.) re rumors of a Confederate victory in Louisiana, impact of sickness and bad water, Coleman and majority of his brigade suffering from diarrhea, "I reckon it is from eating cabbage or rather these green collards without vinegar.""
  • "Photograph, ca. 1861, of Catherine Coleman and her brother William Coleman; undated photograph, possibly of James Woods Babcock; all other images, depicting friends and family of Maj. John Kennedy and Catherine Evans Kennedy and Mary Ann Kennedy Coleman and George Washington Coleman, are photocopies."
  • "Early items include fragment of deed, 4 Dec. 1786, with attached plat, 11 Nov. 1786, for 242 acres of real estate granted to Andrew Morrison, signed by S.C. governor William Moultrie; land conveyance, 6 Feb. 1803, Sam[ue]l Lacey, Chester, S.C., to William Ross: "I herewith send you the Grant of the Land which I claim, of which you have possession for me - I hope you will pay every attention to the business as fully as if I was present, until we know the events"; property conveyance, 23 Dec. 1811, Mason Huey to Maj. John Kennedy, for 15 acres in Chester District, S.C.; and deed, 6 Nov. 1813, James Bishop to John Kennedy, re ca. 200 acres on the waters of Rocky Creek."
  • "Correspondence includes business and family letters: 7 Mar. 1836 (Philadelphia), from J. Wilbank, to B. Scott (Chester, S.C.), re shipment of mercantile goods, and 22 Oct. 1853 (New York), from Toppan Carpenter Casileus & Co., to J. Hemphill (Chesterville, S.C.); letter, 6 Dec. 1832, from James Woods (Columbia, S.C.), to his wife, Margaret, written during his service in the S.C. General Assembly, reports sending her a gift of five yards of merino cloth and "a small shawl" and expressing his grief over the death of his good friend Robert Kennedy; deed, 4 Dec. 1847, conveying property in Chester, S.C., from Simeon Mobley, of Holmes County, Miss., to Richard E. Kennedy (on this legal form, printed in Columbia, S.C., the words "South Carolina" have been struck out and replaced by "State of Mississippi"); letter, 28 Aug. 1848 (Chesterville, S.C.), "Laura," to Miss Eliza Jane Kennedy (Limestone Springs, S.C.), referring to the barbecue and ball attended by as many as 6,000 people, with details of the occasion at which Colonel Davie and a number of the [Mexican War] volunteers spoke, mentioning the sheriff's campaign between candidates Rosborough and Dunovant, and encouraging Eliza Jane to continue her schooling and her musical studies; and letters, 14 Feb. and 3 Apr. 1858, from "Mag" [presumably Margaret Woods Babcock, wife of Dr. Sydney Babcock] to her mother."
  • "Includes Civil War letters, 1861-1864, most written by William "Bur" Coleman of Chester, S.C. (transcribed by Jane Z. Slaton who included annotations identifying family members and nicknames of persons mentioned). Coleman served in Confederate Army with the Calhoun Guard, South Carolina Volunteers, 6th Regiment. Majority of letters written from Virginia. Coleman discusses news of family and friends, health conditions, his need for clothing and shoes, quality of water and food supplies, and other aspects of camp life. Includes two letters written by Coleman's younger brother, John Kennedy "Buddie" Coleman, who began serving in the army by 1864. Letters addressed to his mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Kennedy Coleman in Chester, S.C., and his sisters Kate, Mary Ann and Margaret Eugenia Coleman."
  • "Letter, 3 Jan. 1863 (Camp near Hamilton Crossing), re rumors of anti-war sentiment in the north, and winter accommodations, "the boys have all built chimneys in their tents.... They are rather too warm with an ordinary size fire.... Bragg's victories west on top of the Fredericksburg affair will no doubt open their eyes to the fact of their utter inability to crush out the rebellion. A portion of the Northern [illegible] is hard down on the Washington administration." Letter, 27 Feb. 1863 (Camp at Chester Station, Richmond & Petersburg R[ail] Road), anticipating departure to set up camp several miles south of Petersburg, Va., "We have been detained here since last Sunday evening wallowing in snow and mud," reporting that the men visit the railroad depot "to see the females who may pop up & down. I fell very slightly in love with one young lady on yesterday. She is not very pretty and uses nose glasses....," offering advice to his younger brother who may be called into Confederate service, and anticipating impact on the family should his brother be killed, "He may say that I have done no fighting, and it is out of place for me to lecture him on his duty....," and hoping for an end to the war."
  • "Undated genealogical essays [ca. 1990s?] discuss family history of the Evans, McCarter, Wylie, and related famlies."
  • "Letter, 26 Oct. 1861, identifying names of regiments and individuals involved in battle at Leesburg, Va., reporting the dead and details of burial, "The graves of poor Douglas Martin and W. Pardue are more nicely fixed I reckon than if they had been buried at home. They are side-by-side enclosed by a nice plank fence. Each has a nice headstone" carved in different styles by George D. Ferguson and "young Mr. Wylie." The grave mounds had been covered by grass turf transplanted "from the woods... growing... as green as you ever saw grass growing in our own sunny Carolina," concluding with refence to supplies, "Say to Ann that big Tom is quite well, but BAREFOOTED. We are unable to get him a pair of shoes he wears such a big size no. 14....""
  • "Tribute of respect, 24 May 1866 (Chester Lodge No. 18, A.F.M.), honoring the memory of members of the lodge who died "During the four years, while the labors of this Lodge were suspended": William Coleman, T.J. Dunovant, C.A. Fisher, J.W. Killian, H. V. Killian, J.A. Lippard, N.J. Martin, Henry Pratt, Thomas J. Poag, M.C. Robinson, A. J. Secrest, John T. Walker, and E.G. Williams; lease agreement, Jan. 1874 (Chester County, S.C.) from John K. Coleman to George W. Curtis, worshipful master of Chester Lodge No. 18, A.F. M., and James K. Marshall, Noble Grand of Lafayette Lodge No. 8, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the second story hall of Coleman's "new brick building... on the corner of Main Street in the town of Chester... opposite and facing the large brick building of Smith & Melton known as the Cotton Hotel.""

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  • "Papers of the Kennedy, Evans, Woods, Hinton, Coleman and Babcock families"