McDonald, Martha, Letter

A Guide to the Martha McDonald Letter, 1862 Ms.2008.029


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Emily Bibby

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2008.029
Title
Martha McDonald Letter1862
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
McDonald, Martha
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains a 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

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Martha McDonald Letter, Ms2008-029, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Martha McDonald Letter was purchased by Special Collections.


Biographical Note

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Container List

folder 1
Martha McDonald Letter,
1862