Frederick Voigt Letters, 1862-1863 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1985

Collection Overview

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ID: A/117

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Soldiers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Voight, Frederick -- Correspondence

Abstract

Merchant, alderman, mayor, postmaster, and soldier of Nacogdoches, Texas. Letters of Voigt to his wife depicting camp conditions (food, clothing, drilling, and disease), and relating war news and personal matters concerning friends and family.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of photocopies and typed transcripts of letters of Voigt to his first wife, written during his service in the Confederate Army. They contain descriptions of camp life including health conditions, food, clothing, and drilling. He also writes about the progress of the war and personal matters relating to family and Nacogdoches friends. Among those persons mentioned frequently are Fritz Hoya, Charles S. Taylor and family, Capt. Henry C. Hancock, William Clark, and W. William Hillencamp. Biographical and genealogical materials have been added to the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Frederick Voigt, son of Frederick William and Wilhelmina Voigt, was born on September 4, 1825 in Borgholtzhausen, Prussia. In 1846 his family emigrated to America and settled in Nacogdoches County. Frederick bought a farm and saw mill about five miles from Nacogdoches. Later he became a merchant with a dry goods store in town. Active in civic affairs, Voigt served on the School Board, was a health inspector and alderman, and served as mayor from 1861-1862, 1866-1868, and February to June 1877. He was a postmaster for the U.S. government from 1854 to 1861 and for the Confederacy from 1861 to 1862. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and eventually be came Captain of Company B of the 8th Regiment Texas Volunteer Infantry. He was given a medical discharge in 1863 because he suffered from epilepsy. Voigt served as Worshipful Master of Milam Lodge #2 and was on the Board of Regents of Nacogdoches University. He also edited the Nacogdoches Chronicle. An expert landscaper, Voigt planted a block-long flower garden in Nacogdoches and cultivated fruit trees on another block. He developed a plan for beautifying the State Capitol grounds in Austin. Voigt married Elizabeth Holloway on December l9, 1855 and after she died he married Elizabeth M. Howells Hancock. Voigt drowned while crossing the Angelina River on August 25, 1880.

("Frederick Voigt Letters." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Soldiers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Voight, Frederick -- Correspondence


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Camp Hebert, Hempstead, TX. Letters re: weather, military funeral, family matters, military drilling, Feb.-June 1862. Photocopy, typescript. 9 items.
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Tyler, Gilmer, and Daingerfield, TX; Fulton, AR. Letters re: camp conditions, family matters, Nacogdoches friends, marching, bonfire, Aug. 1862. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Magnolia, Camp Nelson, Camp Bayou, and Camp Robertson, AR. Letters re: camp conditions, weather, family matters, Nacogdoches friends, food, horses, Oct.-Dec. 1862. Photocopy, typescript. 7 items.
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Arkansas Port and Pine Bluff, AR. Letters re: lost battle, Nacogdoches friends, camp conditions, family matters, farming, scarcity of food, Jan.-Feb. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 8 items.
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Little Rock, Pine Bluff, AR. Letters re: family, inflation, camp conditions, health, Mar.-Apr. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 10 items.
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Harrisburg, AR; near Vernon and Campti, LA. Letters re: marching, war news, May 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Delhi, Monroe, and Campti, LA. Letters re: war, capture of black prisoners, fall of Vicksburg, destruction of plantations, family matters, July 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 10 items.
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Campti and Alexandria, LA. Letters re: family matters, camp conditions, Aug. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 3 items.
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Near Evergreen, Washington, Cheneyville, LA. Letters re: war, family matters, camp conditions, Oct. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 5 items.
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Cheneyville, Atchafalaya Bayou, LA. Letters re: family matters, health [epilepsy], war, Nov.-Dec. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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Cheneyville, Atchafalaya Bayou, LA. Letters re: family matters, health [epilepsy], war, Nov.-Dec. 1863. Photocopy, typescript. 6 items.
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"The Symbolism of Light" by Valcour de Valair [descendant of Voigt], n.d. Printed. 1 item.

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