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John Bell Brownlow Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2716
This collection consists of a letter from John Bell Brownlow to an unidentified correspondent in Nashville, Tennessee. In it, Brownlow expresses his opinion of notorious Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson, offers his friend information documenting Ferguson's trial, and condemns the supposedly cultured Confederate sympathizers who petitioned the President to release this monster.

Dates

  • 1866 June 3

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a letter from John Bell Brownlow to an unidentified correspondent in Nashville, Tennessee. In it, Brownlow expresses his opinion of notorious Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson, offers his friend information documenting Ferguson's trial, and condemns the supposedly cultured Confederate sympathizers who petitioned the President to release this monster.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Bell Brownlow was born to William Gannaway Parson Brownlow, an ardent East Tennessee Unionist and editor of the Knoxville Whig, and Eliza O'Brien Brownlow in Elizabethton, Tennessee on October 19, 1839. He graduated from Emory and Henry College in Virginia and then served a long internship at his father's newspaper. During the Civil War, Brownlow commanded the Union's 9th Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry. After the war, he served as a special agent for the United States Treasury Department (1865-1866) and then worked for the United States Post Office. In 1904, Brownlow and his son, William G. Brownlow II, started Knoxville's first real estate firm, J. B. & W. G. Brownlow Co. John Bell Brownlow died in 1922.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single letter.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this letter in January of 2006.
Title
Finding Aid for the John Bell Brownlow Letter
Status
completed
Author
Elizabeth Dunham, March 8, 2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
Knoxville USA