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|Abstract||Macon Bonner (born 1836) of Washington, N.C., was a Confederate artillery officer who served in coastal North Carolina. The collection includes sixty-six letters by Bonner written to his wife, Virginia Ellison Bonner, while he was attached to the 31st North Carolina Regiment and 40th North Carolina Regiment and stationed in the Cape Fear defenses at Fort Fisher, 1862-1864, and at Fort Holmes on Smith Island (Bald Head Island), February-November 1864, describing military events and conditions in the Wilmington, N.C. and Southport, N.C., areas, especially at Fort Fisher and Smith Island, commenting on news received and state politics, and expressing his feelings.|
|Creator||Bonner, Macon, b. 1836.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top
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Macon Bonner (born 1836) of Washington, N.C., was a Confederate artillery officer who served in coastal North Carolina. Bonner joined Company B, which had been organized in Beaufort County, N.C., in September 1861. The company was later attached to the 31st and 40th North Carolina Regiments in the Cape Fear defenses at Fort Fisher, 1862-1864, and at Fort Holmes on Smith Island (Bald Head Island), February-November 1864.
Bonner was married to Virginia "Jennie" Ellison Bonner and they had two children, Richard Lee and Lida.Back to Top
The collection includes sixty-six letters by Macon Bonner to his wife, Virginia Ellison Bonner, while he was attached to the 31st and 40th North Carolina Regiments serving in the Southport and Wilmington, N.C., areas on garrison and picket duty at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The letters report news of military activities in eastern North Carolina and give accounts of events and conditions at Fort Fisher and Smith Island, N.C. Letters also discuss the general political and military situation of the Confederacy and the state of North Carolina and give news of many friends and relatives in the service and in eastern North Carolina towns.Back to Top