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Guide to the John L. Boatwright letters MSS.1645

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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

June 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-06-23T11:20-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

John L. Boatwright letters

Unit ID:

MSS.1645

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (12 letters and envelopes)

Dates:

1863-64

Abstract:

Twelve letters from John L. Boatwright, Confederate Army ordnance office, to his wife, 22 December 1863-14 May 1864.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of twelve letters from Boatwright, an Ordnance officer in the Confederate Army, stationed at Savannah Georgia, to his wife in Columbia, South Carolina, although the letters suggest that the Boatwrights were from Virginia. The earliest letter is dated 22 December 1863, the last 14 May 1864. The contents are largely personal; Boatwright was deeply devoted to his wife and in virtually every letter states how much he misses her. The strain of separation was doubtless increased by Mrs. Boatwright's pregnancy (see in particular letter of 1 May 1864). Occasionally Boatwright mentions the situation at Savannah and the course of the war; on 26 April 1864, for example, he alludes to the Army's financial straits. The letter of the following day states that "we are making the grandest of efforts in the world to frustrate the plans of the Yankees this spring" and that "Every Regiment from this place except one has been ordered to the front." There is also a fragment of a letter, possibly to Boatwright, from a J. W. Magill, referring to ammunition, no date.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Donnelly Lancaster/John Beeler, 2005

Preferred Citation:

John L. Boatwright Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2004

Biographical/Historical note

Confederate Army ordnance office stationed in Savannah, Georgia at the time these letters were written, 1863-64.

Letters Box 6476 Folder 2

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, December 22, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20751

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, December 23, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20752

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, January 1, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20753

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, January 6, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20754

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, February 27, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20755

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, April 26, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20756

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, April 27, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20757

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, April 29, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20758

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, May 1, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20759

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina, May 2, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20760

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20761

Letter from John L. Boatwright, Savannah, Georgia, to his wife, Columbia, South Carolina http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20762

Fragment of a letter, possibly to Boatwright, from a J. W. Magill, referring to ammunition, no date http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20763