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Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton Collection, 1861-1864, 1925, 1951, 1958 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton Collection, 1861-1864, 1925, 1951, 1958Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 114
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Arrangement: The collection is arranged in a single series which is contained in one file folder, and shelved with the small collections according to accession number.
Extent: 1.0 Folders
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Scope and Contents: The Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton Collection consists of photocopies of Mary's diary, 1863-64, and of letters written to her from her fiance, John Hall Hamilton, 1861-63. Their son, Joshua Pearre, added commentaries to the diary entries, and appended a "Commentary and A Bit of Family History" to the entire document. Joshua Pearre Hamilton's commentaries date from the twentieth century.

The diary entries contain Pearre's comments on life in Middle Tennessee during the Civil War, and her analysis of political and military events. Pearre's comments reflect her support of the Confederacy. Hamilton's letters to his fiance describe conditions in military camps, battles fought with the Federals, and terrain that Hamilton's unit marched through. His letters also express his feelings of love and affection for Mary or "Mollie," as he called her. Joshua Pearre Hamilton's commentaries add explanations of events or persons included in the above-mentioned documents. His comments also add information on the family history of the Hamiltons and Pearres.


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