acumen 3.0ɑ
A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Battle family papers W.0010

ASSET VIEWER
Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

August 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T13:52-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Battle family papers

Unit ID:

W.0010

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1855-1871

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Letters, calling cards, scripture cards, and a small journal of this Tuskegee, Alabama, family.

creator

Battle, Junius K., 1838-1860

creator

Battle, Sarah Hunter

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A.S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Battle family papers, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

General note

Title on phase box spine: Battle Family of Tuskegee and Eufaula

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

Sallie (Sarah) Hunter, the oldest daughter of John and Sarah Shorter Hunter, was born in Alabama probably in 1842. She married Junius K. Battle on 29 November 1859 in Barbour County, Alabama. The couple had at least one son, also named Junius K. Battle.

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes letters, calling cards, scripture cards, and a small journal of twenty-six pages. The letters are dated between 1855 and 1871 and represent at least two generations of family correspondence. Two of the early letters are from Junius Battle to Sallie (Sarah Hunter) in Tuskegee, Alabama, before their November 1859 wedding, and one dated July 14, 1871, is apparently from mother to son (signed "Mamana" and is addressed to "Master Junius K. Battle"), encouraging him to "be a good boy, mind every word your Grandma says, and be sure to write very soon."

There is also a seemingly unrelated 1855 black-bordered letter from the committee of the Means Society of S. Masonic College to a Virginia Jennings of Oxford, announcing the death of a Miss Kate Phillips, "a worthy member of our society" and advised Jennings of the proper type of arm band to wear, what it should be made of, and how long it should be worn. It is unclear where the letter is directed; the envelope only says "Miss Virginia Jennings, Oxford."

The collection also contains two engraved cards (3.5" x 2"), two religious themed cards (2.25" x 1.75"), and one empty envelope.

Related Archival Materials note

Sarah Shorter Hunter commonplace book, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Junius K. Battle speech text, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Tuskegee (Ala.) (lcsh)

Letter from Junius K. Battle to Sallie Hunter Item 1 Box W0010.01

Letter from Junius K. Battle to Sallie Hunter Item 2 Box W0010.01

Journal Item 3 Box W0010.01

Letter from R. D. Baker to Mrs. Sallie B. Battle Item 4 Box W0010.01

Letter to Junius K. Battle Item 5 Box W0010.01

Letter to Virginia Jennings Item 6 Box W0010.01