Robert Strange papers, 1837-1865.

Creator: Strange, Robert, 1823-1877.
Collection number: 1296
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Abstract: Lawyer of Wilmington, N.C. Letters to Robert Strange, chiefly from his father, Robert Strange (1796-1854), lawyer, judge, legislator, and U.S. senator from Fayetteville, N.C. Early letters from his father concern the younger Strange’s studies at the University of North Carolina. Later letters discuss politics, including national Democratic politics in 1852. One letter contains advice concerning a legal case about an African American woman’s freedom. Another describes night life in New Orleans, La., including a masquerade ball. A letter, 1865, from J. W. Strange discusses the evacuation of Wilmington, N.C.; the defense of Fayetteville, N.C.; the advance of General Sherman; and the whereabouts of slaves after the evacuation of Wilmington.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection includes a letter from the senior Strange giving advice on a legal case involving the status of a woman who was considered a free black (1851) and a letter (1865) discussing the evacuation of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the whereabouts of evacuated slaves. Microfilm only.