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Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton Papers

 Collection — other: Folders 1-3 in Box B
Identifier: 500-AppMs 114
The Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton Papers consist of typescripts of her diary, 1863-64, and of letters written to her by her fiance, John Hall Hamilton, 1861-63. Their son, Joshua Pearre Hamilton, transcribed the diary and letters sometime in the early 20th century and added commentary to the diary entries. There is also a family history by J.P. Hamilton, a brief second-hand account of John Hall Hamilton's experience as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, a photocopy of a handwritten family lineage and a typescript of a military report.

The diary entries contain Mary'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 Mary 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.

Dates

  • 1861-1925, undated
  • 1861-1864

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Extent

0.10 linear feet

0.10 cubic feet in 3 folders other_unmapped

0.10 linear feet

Method of Acquisition

The Mary Louise Pearre Hamilton collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia on June 23, 1982 by Janie Stout, Hamilton's great-granddaughter.

Existence and Location of Originals

A member of the Hamilton family retains possession of the originals.

Processing Information

J Shelton completed processing and the collection was open for research in November, 1986. The finding aid was revised by Marie Tedesco in 1993
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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