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Lemuel Bannister papers, 1868.

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Creator: Bannister, Lemuel.
Collection number: 4811-z
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Abstract: Lemuel Bannister was president of the Green Swamp Company, a lumber business based in Wilmington and Bolton, N.C. Twenty-seven letters from Lemuel Bannister to his fiancee, Frankie (Frances?) Kenyon of Clevelend, Ohio, written between June and November 1868, immediately after Bannister moved to Wilmington, N.C., to become president of the Green Swamp Company. Some letters describe Bannister’s impressions of southern culture, his African American employees, the Green Swamp, and the state legislature of North Carolina. Those dated 24 and 27 June are particularly interesting for Bannister’s impressions of North Carolina and the South. Most of the letters express his great love and longing for his fiancee. Letter, November 1868, are full of preparations for their wedding in Fulton, N.Y., near the end of the month. Also included is a small photograph in a copper frame, presumably of Lemuel Bannister.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Lemuel Bannister was president of the Green Swamp Company, a lumber business based in Wilmington and Bolton, N.C. Some letters describe Bannister’s impressions of southern culture, his African American employees, the Green Swamp, and the state legislature of North Carolina. Those dated 24 and 28 June are particularly interesting for Bannister’s impressions of North Carolina and the South.

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