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Guide to the Macon and Miles Abernathy papers MSS.0003

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

November 2009

Creation:

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Collection Title:

Macon and Miles Abernathy papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0003

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (4 items)

Dates:

1861-1878

Abstract:

This collection consists Abernathy family correspondence discussing the outbreak of the Civil War and the return of Macon, a University of Alabama student, to his hometown of Jacksonville, Alabama, to enlist in a local company. Also contains an 1878 obituary of Macon's father, Major Miles W. Abernathy.

creator

Abernathy, Macon, 1842-1862

Scope and Contents note

Two letters from Macon at Tuscaloosa to his father and sister in Jacksonville, both dated 1861, discussing his denied requests for furloughs home, and a letter from his father, Miles, to his son in Tuscaloosa, encouraging him to return home to join a local company being raised to fight in the Civil War. The collection also includes an 1878 obituary of Macon's father, Major Miles Abernathy.

Addition received in 2012 includes one letter dated April 14, 1861, written by Macon to his sister (on University of Alabama letterhead); cased photograph of Abernathy in his Confederate uniform; and honorary degree for Abernathy, 1914.

Addition received in 2013 includes one letter dated May 15, 1861, written by Macon to his father, discussing the death and funeral of a classmate. He also writes about his application to President Garland for some of his "pocket" money only to be told that his father hadn't sent any. Macon goes on to state that he hadn't asked for any before and that his university expenses were apparently much more than Dr. Garland had previously said they would be.

Preferred Citation:

Macon and Miles Abernathy papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Fritz, 1962; additional gift of Cleophus Thomas Jr., 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

Born August 7, 1842, in Jacksonville, Alabama, Macon Abernathy graduated from the University of Alabama in 1861. He served as a private in company G, 10th Alabama Regiment, Wilcox's Brigade, and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Frazier's Farm, Virginia, June 30, 1862. He died at Richmond on July 1, 1862.

Access Restrictions:

none

Processing Information:

Processed by

Donnelly Lancaster Walton, 2012; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Abernathy, Miles, Major (local)

Thomas, Cleophus, Jr. (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Calhoun County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Family (lcsh)

Personal correspondence (aat)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Papers Box 1 Folder 1

Letter from Macon Abernathy, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Sister, February 24, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32068

Letter from Macon Abernathy, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Miles W. Abernathy, April 30, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32069

Letter from Miles W. Abernathy, Jacksonville, Alabama, to Macon Abernathy, May 22, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/32070

New accession: Box temp.86 Abernathy, Macon, 1842-1862 Box temp 86