Tag Archives: John Steele Henderson

18 September 1864: “I believe a great many have left our Country for the North lately. I heard forty left Goldsboro last week.”

Item description: Letter, dated 18 September 1864, from Kate Chapman to Mary Ferrand Henderson of Salisbury, N.C. Item citation: From folder 36 in the John Steele Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at … Continue reading

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8 September 1863: “I will have to furnish my own spyglass…”

Item description:  Letter, dated 8 September 1863, from John S. Henderson to his mother, Mary Ferrand Henderson.  He writes while a student at Chapel Hill, discussing recent casualties of men from Rowan county, boarding costs and options, and his desire to … Continue reading

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22 August 1863: “You say Father says I must “come down a peg or two;” I am willing, if he can prove to me that I am spending more than the necessary amount of money to carry me through this session.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 22, 1863 from John S. Henderson to his mother, sent from the University of North Carolina. The letter features a disagreement about living expenses between father and son (via his mother) that would likely resonate with … Continue reading

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7 June 1863: “L is for Lincoln, – Ah! woe to his crown / For Cotton, King Cotton is trampling him down…”

Item Description: Poem, dated 7 June 1863, from the John S. Henderson Papers.  The unidentified author assigns a trait or subject relating to the Confederacy to each letter of the alphabet.    Item citation: From folder 34 of the John S. … Continue reading

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19 April 1863: “…I dont suppose the Jenkin’s being Presbyterians, will dance.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 19 April, 1863, from John Steele Henderson to his mother, Mary Henderson.  He discusses family members, including the death of a cousin, and the recent visit of a band to Salisbury. From folder 33 in the … Continue reading

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22 December 1862: “Mr. H. was absent from the final examination without permission. His general deportment has been good.”

Item description: Report card, dated 22 December 1862, for John Steele Henderson, a student at the University of North Carolina. More about John Steele Henderson: John Steele Henderson (1846-1916) was born in North Carolina, the son of Archibald and Mary Henderson. … Continue reading

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14 April 1862: “This is the anniversary of the fall of Ft Sumter and we have had the sad news confirmed of the loss of Ft Pulaski to us — I was not prepared for this, believing it impregnable.”

Item description: In this letter, Mary Henderson writes to her son John Steele Henderson, who was a student in Chapel Hill, N.C. at the University of North Carolina. Mary Henderson discusses local news, the Battle of Shiloh, and other war … Continue reading

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23 April 1861: “I write this letter to ask and to beg you to let me come home.”

Item description: John Steele Henderson wrote his father with the hopes of being allowed to join the military. As a student at Alexander Wilson’s School in Alamance County, North Carolina, Henderson told of the large numbers of students leaving daily … Continue reading

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