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Fannie A. Fain Papers, November 26, 1863 - March 6, 1898 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Fannie A. Fain Papers, November 26, 1863 - March 6, 1898Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 133
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Arrangement: The photocopies of the diaries are contained in two folders and are arranged chronologically. The photocopied transcription of the earlier diary is placed in the front of the folder containing the handwritten version.
Extent: 2.0 Folders
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Scope and Contents: The Fannie A. Fain Diaries consist of two handwritten accounts of events in her life: 1) covers the period of the Civil War and dates from November 26, 1863 through March 19, 1865; and 2) covers the latter part of her life dating from March 6, 1867 to March 6, 1898. The first diary gives a glimpse of daily life in upper East Tennessee during the Civil War. She specifically mentions events at Zollicoffer (now Bluff City, Tennessee), Longstreet's occupation of the area, and the activities of bushwhackers. She described the difficulties she faced while her husband was away from home due to the war and the grief of losing her brother in the war. She also records the hardships farmers faced when the planting of crops was delayed due to military activity in the surrounding area or when horses were taken by both the Federal and Confederate forces.

The second diary covers a span of 30 years but focuses on three major phases of her life with long periods of silence between each entry. The first section deals with her husband's success in his store and the birth of her fifth child Mamie. The second phase describes the death of her husband, and the third part concerns the events surrounding the death of Mamie. The diary concludes with an overview of her faith and ends with a list of scriptures relating to specific needs.

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