The collection consists primarily of letters (1862-1865) from Theodore A. Honour to his wife "Beckie" during his service in the Confederate Army. Honour believed the letters were valuable for their picture of Confederate military and civilian life. The letters also reflect the culture and values of a nineteenth century Charleston gentleman, Honour's view of the war, and of the letter as a literary form. Several letters express his intention to preserve the letters and bind them with preface and memoirs "for the future reading and for the children."
The collection is arranged in one series with three subseries: Series 1, Correspondence and Typescript of Projected Book; Subseries 1 Correspondence, 1862-1863; Subseries 2, Correspondence and Papers, 1864-1885; and Subseries 3, Typescript of Honour Letters, Preface, Memoirs, and other Correspondence, 1862-1865.
The first two subseries of the Honour collection are facsimiles of the manuscript letters. The third subseries is Honour's typescript copy of the letters, with the preface and memoirs he meant to include in his book.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of Theodore A. Honour were given to the Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee in 1969 by T. A. and Katherine Honour. They were transferred to the Archives of Appalachia on December 7, 1978. This collection includes one original and 273 facsimiles of letters written by the donor's great-grandfather during his service in the Confederate Army. The collection was brought together by Katherine Honour in working on her thesis "Theodore A. Honour: His life and letters of the Civil War Period," which is held by the Sherrod Library. The original letters are in the possession of the donor T. A. Honour and the Library of South Caroliniana at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
David Goodin and Anne Sims completed processing, and the collection was opened for research on September 15, 1979.