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|Abstract||Chiefly letters, 1861-1865, to Mary E. Grattan at Mount Crawford, Rockingham County, Va., written from Confederate army camps in Virginia and South Carolina by her brothers George G., Robert, Peter M., and Charles. Letters mostly discuss camp life, but one letter describes the 1863 Battle of Kelly's Ford, and a few others describe life in the surrounding countryside. There are also two undated letters from Mary's mother, one to Mary on a visit to Charlottesville, Va., and the other to Peter, discussing his mother's anxiety about his going off to war without seeing her first. There is also an undated, unascribed poem about Lee's surrender.|
|Creator||Grattan, Mary E.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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Chiefly letters, 1861-1864, to Mary E. Grattan at Mount Crawford, Rockingham County, Va., written from Confederate army camps by her brothers George G., Robert, Peter M., and Charles. There is also an undated letter to Peter Grattan from his mother; another to Mary from her mother; and a poem, undated and unascribed, on Lee's surrender.Back to Top
9 September 1861, George G. Grattan at Yorktown to Mary about camp life.
7 December 1861, Robert Grattan at Camp Cooper to Mary, describing generals Stuart and Beauregard.
1 March 1863, George G. Grattan to Mary, describing a church service he attended and visits he made in the surrounding countryside.
22 March 1863, Peter M. Grattan with Company I of the 1st Virginia Cavalry in Culpeper, Va., to Mary about a battle at Kelly's Mill.
Undated fragment of a letter from Peter, probably written around 22 March.
3 October 1863, George G. Grattan at James Island, S.C., to Mary, about his diet in South Carolina and his visit to Charleston.
4 April 1864, Peter M. Grattan at Orange Court House to Mary about picket duty and camp life in general.
19 July 1864, Charles Grattan, 20 miles below Petersburg, Va., to Mary, describing the surrounding country, his rations, and other facts of camp life.
Undated letter from her mother M. Grattan at Contentment, 18 April, to Mary on a visit to Charlottesville, Va.
Letter to Peter Grattan from his mother [M. Grattan] at Ridgway, discussing her anxiety about his going off to war without seeing her first.
Letter from Peter to Mary, written from Bunkers Hill, 16 July, following a foray into Pennsylvania.
Poem about Lee's surrender.
Microfilm includes four additional items:
Two letters, 16 June and 23 August 1864, from Edward A. T. Nicholson to his sister Emma Nicholson.
One letter, 8 November 1864, from Eugene B. Wiggins to his cousin Emma Nicholson.
T. W. Nicholson's $500 Confederate Treasury certificate.
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 1992
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Updated by: Dawne Howard Lucas, April 2021
Three letters originally included in the Mary E. Grattan Papers and appearing on the microfilm version of the collection were transferred to the Emma Pauline Nicholson Alexander Papers (#4632) in November 1992.Back to Top