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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Donoho family papers MSS.3704


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

February 2013


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Donoho family papers

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


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Letters between members of a close Tuscaloosa family written primarily during the Civil War.


Donoho, Charles M. (Charles Mitchell), 1809-1856


Donoho, Henry Seymour


Donoho, Isabelle


Peek, A. M., Mrs.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Lancaster, PA, 2013.

Scope and Contents note

This collection is primarily made up of letters between members of this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, family between 1838 and 1883, the majority of which were written between 1850 and 1868. Most of the letters were written by Henry S. and Isabelle Donoho and their Aunt Peek. There are also a few letters from Charles M. (the father) and Charles M. (the son), as well as some from other relations and friends.

Many of the war-time letters are particularly poignant, especially those between Isabelle and Aunt Peek. They offer some insight into the general mood and mind of those on the home front. Several of Henry's letters give vivid commentary of significant events including the battles around Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and the fall of Atlanta.

The persons shown in the photographs are not identified, but there is a possibility that they are two of the authors of the letters.

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Donoho family papers, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Biographical/Historical note

The Donoho family lived in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the early and mid nineteenth century. Charles Mitchell Dohono (1809-1856) married Rebecca Trowbridge Whitcomb (1817-1846) and had two children: Henry Seymour and Isabelle (1842-1915). Rebecca Dohono died 30 March 1846, leaving Charles with the two young children. An aunt, Mrs. A. M. Peek, cared for the children.

Henry served in the Alabama 2nd Battalion Light Artillery, Company F, Lumsden's Company; he enlisted on 21 February 1861 as a private. His cousin, Charles Donoho, enlisted on 29 November 1861, also as a private. Henry was captured on 15 December 1864, near Nashville, Tennessee, and spent the remainder of the war in various prisoner of war camps in Kentucky and Illinois. Charles was also captured in Tuscaloosa, on 18 May 1865.

Isabelle married twice, first to William Young Norris around 1867, and second to Samuel Lowrie Robertson. She and Samuel had eight children.


Alabama (lcsh)

Letters (lcsh)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

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

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

War and Military (localbroad)

Letters, 1838-1849 (8 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 1

Letters, 1853-1859 (12 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 2

Letters, 1860-March 1861 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 3

Letters, May 1861-1862 (14 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 4

Letters, 1863 (8 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 5

Letters, 1864 (9 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 6

Letters, 1866-1868 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 7

Letters, 1870-1871 (7 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 8

Letters, Undated (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 9

Miscellaneous Letters, 1865, 1883 (3 letters, 1 copy) Box 3704.001 Folder 10

Postcards, 1907-1915 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 11

Photographs and Engraving Plate (3 items) Box 3704.001 Folder 12

Envelopes Box 3704.001 Folder 13