Whitaker-Fenley Letters, 1862-1864 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1985

Collection Overview

Title: Whitaker-Fenley Letters, 1862-1864Add to your cart.

ID: A/115

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Letters to Mary S. Fenley Whitaker from Nacogdoches County Confederate soldiers John P. Whitaker, John Broughton Fenley, and William Henry Fenley relating war experiences, camp conditions, and family matters while the men were serving in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains three letters from Mary's brother William Henry Fenley and one from her brother John Broughton Fenley. John (1838-1916) and William (1843-1879) were born in Georgia, sons of Charles Henderson and Nancy Broughton Fenley. Both brothers were farmers. Although they did not serve in the same company as John P. Whitaker, they were close enough to obtain news from one another while in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Collection Historical Note

John P. Whitaker was born on August 20, 1834 in Tennessee, the son of Benjamin J. and Sallie Sebastian Whitaker. Listed on the 1860 and 1870 censuses as a merchant in the Douglass area of Nacogdoches County, he was also a landowner. His letters written during the Civil War to his wife, Mary S. ("Dollie") Fenley Whitaker, frequently mention farm concerns. He served in Co. A and Co. H of the 17th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Whitaker's letters were written from Louisiana and Arkansas and contain descriptions of camp conditions, war news and rumors, and reports on friends and family, including Mary's brothers John and William, Lawrence and Charles S. Taylor, Henderson Muckleroy, John Baugh, and Capt. Joseph H. Bruton. Whitaker assisted with nursing the sick and wounded during the war and relates his experiences.

("Whitaker-Fenley Letters." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).


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Correspondence from John P. to Mary S. Whitaker from Arkansas. and Louisiana re: war, camp life, family matters, clothing, dispute at home over his sheep, Nov. 1862-Nov. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Correspondence from John P. to Mary S. Whitaker from Louisiana re: war, news of friends and family, Battle of Mansfield, prisoners of war, farming, nursing the wounded, Jan.-Apr. 1864. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Correspondence from John P. to Mary S. Whitaker from Louisiana re: friends and family, captured Yankee clothes, camp at Green Lake, Limes Fort after a battle, war news, food, May-July-1864. Photocopy, typescript. 8 items.
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Correspondence from John P. to Mary S. Whitaker from Louisiana and Arkansas re: war, family and friends, clothing, food, Aug. Oct. 1864. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Correspondence from John Broughton Fenley and William Henry Fenley to Mary S. Fenley Whitaker from Louisiana and Arkansas re: war, conscription, family, farm, clothing, 1864. Photocopy, typescript. 8 items.
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Biographical and genealogical data on Whitaker and Fenley families, [1812-1980]. Photocopy. 7 items.

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