Maxwell Troax Clarke papers, 1854-1890 (bulk 1862-1863).

Creator: Clarke, Maxwell Troax, 1830-1911.
Collection number: 2592
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Abstract: Confederate soldier. Chiefly letters, 1862-1863, to Clarke from his father, Colin Clarke (1792-1865), planter and lawyer, living at Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Va., describing hardships of life under occupation by Union forces during the Civil War. The letters describe difficulties obtaining food and clothing, trouble with slaves, prices of commodities, methods of smuggling articles through the Union lines, and depredations by federal troops. Also included are a short autobiography of Maxwell Clarke, written in 1890, describing his education in the antebellum period and his Confederate Army experiences; some Confederate commissions and orders; and genealogical material on the Clarke, Goode, and Bland families.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are references to slaves leaving the plantation and taking property with them (1862-1863); Union arrangements for hiring free blacks (1862); a gift of $50.00 from Fanny, a black nurse, to her white charge (1863); difficulties in purchasing clothes for blacks (1863); and “trouble” with blacks (1863).