A Guide to the Martha McDonald Letter, 1862 McDonald, Martha, Letter Ms2008-029

A Guide to the Martha McDonald Letter, 1862

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-029


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Processed by: Emily K. Bibby, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2008-029
Title
Martha McDonald Letter 1862
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Creator
McDonald, Martha
Language
English
Abstract
Letter of Martha McDonald to her husband, Lewis McDonald, a soldier in the Confederate Army, written in Rutherford County, North Carolina, on September 15, 1862.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Martha McDonald Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Martha McDonald Letter, Ms2008-029 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Martha McDonald Letter was purchased by Special Collections.


Biographical Information

Martha McDonald was a southern woman, presumably of North Carolina, and wife to a Confederate soldier, Lewis McDonald. Civil War service records show a Lewis McDonald who served in Company C, 55th North Carolina Infantry. The company's muster roll indicates that McDonald was a farmer, born in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He was promoted to corporal during the war and served through the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

Scope and Content

This collection contains a letter of Martha McDonald, written from Rutherford County, North Carolina, responding to a letter she received from her husband, Lewis, on the previous day, September 14, 1862. She inquires after a mutual friend who was wounded and taken prisoner by Union troops. In the postscript she thanks Lewis for a Bible he sent her.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Martha McDonald Letter, 1862