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|Abstract||Members of the Comer family, cotton planters and lumber yard owners of Barbour County, Ala., included Catherine Lucinda Comer (d. 1898), who, widowed in 1858, continued to farm cotton and to operate the family's corn mill and lumber yard, and her six sons: Hugh Moss Comer (1842-1900); John Wallace Comer (1845-1919); St. George Legare Comer (b. 1847); U.S. senator and Alabama governor Braxton Bragg Comer (1848-1927); John Fletcher Comer, Jr. (1854-1927); and Edward Trippe Comer (1856-1927). The collection includes letters, 1860-1864 and undated, to and from various members of the Comer family, chiefly about family and business matters. The earliest letters are from Catherine Lucinda Comer in Barbour County, Ala., to Hugh Moss Comer at school in Warrior Stand, Ala., describing family and neighborhood life and giving details of the family businesses and finances and news of the farm and slaves. During the Civil War, there are letters relating to the service of John Wallace Comer with the Army of Tennessee. Undated items include a poem about a faithless sweetheart and a letter from Hugh to Catherine about having shoes made for him. Also included is a photograph of John Wallace Comer in Civil War uniform with his slave, Burrell.|
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John Fletcher Comer (1811-1858) was a cotton planter and owner of a lumberyard and corn mill in Barbour County, Ala. He married Catharine Lucinda Drewry (d. 1898) in 1841, and they had six sons: Hugh Moss Comer (1842-1900); John Wallace Comer (1845-1919); St. George Legare Comer (1847-1870); U.S. senator and Alabama governor Braxton Bragg Comer (1848-1919); John Fletcher Comer, Jr. (1854-1927); and Edward Trippe Comer (1856-1927). There was also at least one daughter in the family. Following John Fletcher Comer's death in 1858, the family continued farming and operating the corn mill and lumberyard. During the Civil War, John Wallace Comer served in the reserves of the Army of Tennessee.Back to Top
Nineteen letters dated between 1860 and 1864 and undated to and from various members of the Comer family. The earliest letters are from Catharine Lucinda Comer in Cowikee, Barbour County, Ala., to her son Hugh Moss Comer, who was attending school in Warrior Stand, Ala., describing family and neighborhood life, and giving details of the family businesses and finances and news of the farm and slaves. In 1861, Hugh Moss Comer received a letter from schoolmaster J. A. Arnold describing his new school's rates, living arrangements, and course of study. Hugh Moss Comer then enrolled in Arnold's school in Polk County, Ga., where he continued to received letters from his mother and his brothers, keeping him informed about the family and neighborhood, and mentioning the advent of the Civil War.
During the Civil War, Catharine Lucinda Comer received two undated letters from her brother P. A. Drewry, who listed the wounded soldiers in the regiment from their neighborhood and kept her informed about the condition of her son, John Wallace Comer, also a Confederate soldier. John Wallace Comer wrote several letters to his mother and his sister, describing the death of his corps commander, Leonidas Polk, at Pine Mountain, Ga.; his own wound and recovery; and the heavy fighting during the New Hope Church campaign in Georgia in 1864. A family friend also wrote to the Comer family in 1862, describing the plight of the Army of Tennessee and criticizing General Braxton Bragg's Kentucky campaign ("I don't think that ole Brag ever ought to have control of anything withought it was som ole woman chickens. This was mor mens lives lost by that retreat than if we had fought the yankes").
Undated items include a poem about a faithless sweetheart and a letter from Hugh Moss Comer to Catharine Lucinda Comer about having shoes made for him. There is also a photograph of John Wallace Comer in Civil War uniform with his slave, Burrell.Back to Top
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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top