Tag Archives: John Steele Henderson

1 December 1864: “We are ordered to the war”

Item Description: Letter from Peter Adams to John Steele Henderson.  He is being sent off to serve in the war. Item Citation: Folder 36 in the John S. Henderson Papers, #327, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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21 November 1864: “I would willingly enter the army this winter with the consent of my parents, still if Father can raise the funds I presume I will be allowed to graduate.”

Item Description: Letter from John Steele Henderson to his mother, Mary Ferrand Henderson. He writes that he needs more money for his tuition or he will be forced to leave the University of North Carolina.  He is due to come … Continue reading

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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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