Wilson, Fenner, Letter Fenner Wilson Letter, 1863 Ms.1988.082

Fenner Wilson Letter, 1863 Ms.1988.082


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1988.082
Title
Fenner Wilson Letter1863
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Wilson, Fenner (Wilson, Thomas Fenner Jr. ), 1835-1916
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Letter written by Fenner Wilson, a private in Company D, 45th North Carolina Infantry, during the American Civil War, to his brother, B. G. (Basley Graves) Wilson. Writing from Danville, Virginia, Wilson discusses sickness in his company and other camp matters.

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Preferred Citation

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Source of Acquisition

The Fenner Wilson Letter was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 1988.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Fenner Wilson Letter commenced and was completed in April, 2021.


Biographical / Historical

Thomas Fenner Wilson Jr., son of Thomas Sr. and Nancy Key Wilson, was born in North Carolina, on February 27, 1835. Wilson enlisted in Company D of the 45th North Carolina Infantry on May 8, 1862. He was wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 15, 1864, and was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 18, 1865. He married Adeline Simmons (1843-1928), and by 1870, the Wilsons were living in Madison (Rockingham County), North Carolina, with 10 children, with Fenner Wilson working as a farmer. He continues to be listed as a Rockingham County farmer through 1910. Thomas Fenner Wilson Jr. died March 5, 1916 and was buried in Sardis Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Madison, North Carolina.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single letter written by Fenner Wilson, a private in Company D, 45th North Carolina Infantry during the American Civil War. Writing to his brother B. G. (Basley Graves) Wilson from Danville, Virginia, on December 24, 1863, Wilson describes his health and the overall health of his company, noting that Hiram Newnom "has bin trying to die but he cant," that Henry Elet [Ellett] is recovering from smallpox, and Sam Michel [Mitchell] recently died of the same disease. He also mentions the recent desertion of James Proctor and his wish to "take Christmas" with his brother. Wilson then complains that, though there is plenty of brandy available in camp, he cannot afford to buy any because he did not get as much as he thought he should in a recent trade with his brother. He then writes at length of this transaction, the prospects of selling his corn at a fair price, and of his relationship with his brother.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Fenner Wilson Letter by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

General

This letter had long been identified as the "B. G. Wilson Letter," but a closer inspection and further research in 2021 revealed it to have been written by Fenner Wilson.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Wilson, Fenner (Wilson, Thomas Fenner Jr. ), 1835-1916

Container List

folder 1
Letter
1863