A Guide to the Mary L. Hunt Letter, 1865 Hunt, Mary L., Letter Ms2008-055

A Guide to the Mary L. Hunt Letter, 1865

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-055


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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
Ms2008-055
Title
Mary L. Hunt Letter 1865
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Letter of Mary L. Hunt, a dying girl of Thorndike, Maine, to her Union soldier brother, Lieutenant S. Everett Hunt of the 29th Maine Infantry.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Mary L. Hunt Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Mary L. Hunt Letter, Ms2008-055 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Mary L. Hunt Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 1994.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Mary L. Hunt Letter commenced and was completed in August, 2008.


Biographical Information

Mary L. Hunt, the daughter of Jonathan and Emeline Spring Hunt, was born in May 1850, and lived with her family in Thorndike (Waldo County), Maine. She presumably died in 1865; she is not listed with her family in the 1870 census. Mary's brother, Samuel Everett Hunt, was born on July 19, 1838. During the Civil War, he served as a second lieutenant with the 26th Maine Infantry, then as a first lieutenant in the 29th Maine. In March 1865, Hunt was breveted captain, and he mustered out of the service in June 1866. He is listed as deceased in an 1871 history of the 29th Maine.

Scope and Content

The letter of Mary L. Hunt was written by a young girl on her deathbed from Thorndike, Maine on 5 July 1865 to her Union soldier brother, Lieutenant S. Everett Hunt of the 29th Maine, Beal's Brigade, Dwight's Division. She admits that it is difficult for her to write because of failing health. However, much of her letter focuses upon recent social events, including a dance in Amity that she presumably did not attend and a new teacher at the local school. Her mother, E. H. Hunt, adds a follow-up section to the letter, dated 13 July, in which she informs her son that this letter will likely be the last he receives from his sister.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1865