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Guide to the Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick letters MSS.0657

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

February 2008

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English

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February 2013
Collection Title:

Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick letters

Unit ID:

MSS.0657

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (13 items)

Dates:

1864

Abstract:

Letters from seven former students while prisoners of war in northern prison camps, requesting food, clothing, books, tobacco, and money.

Preferred Citation:

Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains letters written to Hedrick by former students and others while they were prisoners of war in Union prison camps, requesting food, clothing, books, tobacco, and money.

Biographical/Historical note

Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick, son of John Leonard and Elizabeth Sherwood Hedrick, was born 13 February 1827. He married Mary Ellen Thompson on 3 June 1852 in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina. The couple had eight children: (1) John Thompson; (2) Charles Joseph; (3)Alice; (4) Jennie; (5) William Adam; (6) Henry Benjamin, (7) Ellen Annabella; and (8) Mary Elizabeth.

Hedrick was a professor of agriculture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, but was dismissed in 1856 for expressing antislavery views. He moved to Washington, D.C. where he became a patent examiner at the United Sates Patent Office.

He died on 2 September 1886 in Washington, at the age of 59.

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unknown

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unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Hedrick, Benjamin Sherwood, 1827-1886 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

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

War and Military (localbroad)

Letters Box 640