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Roswell Kingsley Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0003

This collection consists of 25 letters relating to Roswell and Nannie Kingsley, their family members, and some of their friends written from 1850-1885.

Within the letters, Roswell Kingsley gives many descriptions of his early travels in Tennessee and on the Mississippi River before his marriage to Fannie Worley. He writes from General B. Bragg’s camp about the harsh realties of the Civil War campaigns. Nannie Kingsley gives descriptions of ex-Confederates' resistance in East Tennessee and their unwillingness to accept the return of Union government and includes descriptions of their difficulty in finding work after the war. She also writes of the process of ex-Confederates becoming United States citizens after the war.

Dates

  • 1850-1885

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are 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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of 25 letters relating to Roswell and Nannie Kingsley, their family members, and some of their friends written from 1850-1885. The correspondence provides insights into East Tennessee during the Civil War as well as a look at ex-Confederate home life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roswell Erasmus Kingsley was born June 8, 1837 in South Carolina to Chester and Emeline Kingsley. He married Nancy "Nannie" Worley on October 24th, 1857. Roswell joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and served under General Braxton Bragg. Roswell died on October 21, 1876 and is buried in Greene County, Tenn.

Nancy "Nannie" Josephine Worley was born on March 19, 1842 in Jefferson County, Tenn. She married Roswell E. Kingsley on October 24th, 1857. She died on June 14, 1916 and is buried in Greene County, Tenn.

Arrangement

The letters in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480