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Collection Number: 04365

Collection Title: Hatrick Family Scrapbook, 1837-1911

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Abstract Hatrick family of North Carolina and Georgia, including Samuel Hatrick, native of Guilford County, N.C., who had two sons, Robert A. L. and Pinckney W. Hatrick. Robert A. L. Hatrick (circa 1833-1862) moved from North Carolina to Columbia County, Ga., around 1854. He served in the 10th Georgia Regiment in the Civil War and died in Richmond, Va., of wounds received at the Battle of Savage's Station. Pinckney W. Hatrick (circa 1838- 1863) graduated from Davidson College, Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 1860. He was a lieutenant in the 53rd North Carolina Regiment when he was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. Scrapbook, 186 p., containing about 1,000 items, compiled by Mrs. Robert A. L. Hatrick of Thomson, Ga. Included are eight letters documenting the Civil War experiences of Confederate soldiers, Robert A. L. Hatrick, 10th Georgia Regiment, and his brother, Pinckney W. Hatrick, 53rd North Carolina Regiment. Other items include love letters, sentimental and religious poems, obituaries, greeting cards, and clippings relating to members of the Hatrick family, and many other clippings that do not relate to the family.
Creator Hatrick family.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hatrick Family Scrapbook #4365, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Scott, Jr., of Burlington, N.C., in October 1983.
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Samuel Hatrick was a native of Guilford County, North Carolina, and was married to Sarah (maiden surname unknown). He had two sons, Robert A. L. and Pinckney W., by a previous marriage. Both Samuel and Sarah appear to have died in the 1860s.

Robert A. L. Hatrick was born around 1833, probably in Guilford County. He moved to Columbia County, Georgia, around 1854. Early in the Civil War, he joined the 10th Georgia Regiment of the Confederate Army. Robert died, 20 July 1862, in Richmond, Virginia, of wounds to his leg received at the Battle of Savage's Station, 29 June 1862.

Pinckney W. Hatrick was born around 1838. He graduated from Davidson College in 1860. Pinckney was commissioned, 27 April 1862, as a first lieutenant in the Confederate Army. He was a lieutenant in the 53rd North Carolina Regiment when he was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, 3 July 1863.

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A scrapbook, 186 pages, compiled by Mrs. Robert A. L. Hatrick, probably beginning in the 1860s or 1870s. For purpose of description, the contents have been divided into four categories.


Eleven letters, chiefly relating to members of the Hatrick family. Eight of these letters relate to the Civil War. The other three letters are love letters written on 1 April 1856, 1857, and 1858.

1 April 1856 and 1 April 1857. Love letters from "Lucky" [Philis Pennyworth], page 57.

1 April 1858. Love letter from Philis Pennyworth to Boby [sic] Lawny, discussing romance and her support for women's rights, page 21.

24 September 1861. Letter authorizing Robert A. L. Hatrick to enforce discipline and oversee security at an unnamed Confederate camp, page 93.

[July 1862]. Letter from Robert A. L. Hatrick to his mother discussing the battle in which he was injured [Savage's Station, 29 July 1862] and hospital conditions in Richmond, Virginia, page 45.

6 August 1862. Letter to Mrs. Hatrick offering sympathy upon the death of Robert Hatrick, page 53.

10 October 1862. Letter from Pinckney W. Hatrick to his brother and sister in North Carolina, discussing his poor health, page 109.

18 June [1862/3 ?]. Letter from Pinckney W. Hatrick to his brother and sister discussing his activities and conditions around him, page 53.

18 July 1863. Letter from A. P. McDaniel to L. Scott about the death of Pinckney Hatrick at Gettysburg, Pa., page 53.

6 November 1863. Letter from E. Wharton discussing a picnic given for Confederate soldiers and her fears over a series of burglaries, page 93.

Undated letter from Sarah Hatrick to S. D. Schoolfield discussing family conditions, including the deaths of Robert and Pinckney Hatrick, page 93.


About twenty unascribed manuscript poems appear scattered through the scrapbook. Most of these are of a sentimental nature. Also included, on page 43, is a speech delivered by Pinckney Hatrick at Davidson College, 1859, titled "The Noblest Motive is the Public Good".


Most of the clippings are unrelated to the Hatrick family and are of a sentimental or moral nature. Obituaries relating to the Hatrick family, including those of Robert, Pinckney, and Sarah Hatrick, appear on page 51.

Other Items

Other items in the scrapbook include postcards, circa 1910, programs, pictures, greeting cards, and the 27 April 1862 commission of Pinckney W. Hatrick as a first lieutenant in the Confederate Army (page 53).

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Mark Beasley, February 1987

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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