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Guide to the William Lovelace Foster letter MSS.0538

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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

February 2008

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-04-05T15:11-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

April 2013
Collection Title:

William Lovelace Foster letter

Unit ID:

MSS.0538

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (2 items, 90 pieces ; typescript)

Dates:

1863 June 20

Abstract:

Typescript copies of a lengthy and detailed letter from Foster during the siege of Vicksburg, to his wife, begun before communications were cut off and continued at intervals throughout the siege (June 1863) until the city's surrender to Union forces on 4 July 1863.

creator

Foster, William Lovelace, 1830-1869

Preferred Citation:

William Lovelace Foster letter, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains typescript copies of a lengthy and detailed letter to his wife from Vicksburg, Mississippi, begun before communications were cut off and continued at intervals throughout the siege (June 1863) until the city's surrender to Union forces on 4 July 1863.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of James G. Blair, 1960

Biographical/Historical note

Son of Robert Savidge and Ann Tompkins Foster, William Lovelace Foster was born on 29 January 1830 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He was an ordained Baptist minister with a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Alabama. He married Sarah Mildred Maxwell on 8 July 1856 in Greene County, Alabama. The couple had six children: (1) Martha; (2) Elizabeth; (3) Annie; (4) Simeon Maxwell; (5) Josephine "Josie" A.; and (6) Willie M. In 1862 he enlisted as a Private in Co. F 35th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, served as chaplain during the Civil War, and was stationed in Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the Union Army's siege of Vicksburg in June and July 1863.

After the war, Foster accepted a professorship of mathematics at Waco University (now Baylor), but only stayed 6 months, leaving to follow his true calling, that of the ministry. In 1868 he became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas, and died there less than a year later on 5 August 1869 at the age of 39.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

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unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Civil War (localbroad)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Soldiers--Correspondence (lcsh)

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

War and Military (localbroad)

Letter Box 635