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Milford Clark Butler Letter

Identifier: MS-2794

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The collection contains a letter dated May 14, 1861 written from Knoxville, Tennessee. The letter is written by M. C. Butler to his sister America in Oregon. He mentions the trails of living in a border state at the beginning of the Civil War. Politically, he states that "Parties in this city are nearly equally divided, here we have many street fights-much angry contention." He alludes to the safety of Yankees and that many men and students have left to join the CSA army. Economically, he says that "for I fear provisions will be bought at a dear note in the south before the civil war-for all provisions of every kind from the north are prohibited."


  • 1861 May 14

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In this four-page letter, dated May 14, 1861, Milford Clark Butler of Knoxville, Tenn. writes to his sister America in Oregon. He expresses to her the political and economic climate of the border states from his point of view in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Milford Clark Butler, an educator and pastor, was born March 31, 1824 in Buckland, Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College in 1851. He was the principal and proprietor of Butler's Classical School in Knoxville, Tennessee (1853-57), and later appointed Professor of Ancient Languages and Literature, and an Instructor of Education at East Tennessee University (1858-1861). He left Tennessee because of the Civil War. Butler later returned to Knoxville to work at the East Tennessee Female Institute (1871-1878). He continued his work as an educator and later an ordained Presbyterian Minister (1881) throughout the Midwest. He died January 22, 1905 in Saint Louis Missouri.


Collection consists of 1 folder.

Acquisition Note

The collection was purchased April 6, 2006.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA