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Kate Thornberg Letter

Identifier: MS-2908

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In this letter to her sister Veronica in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kate Thornberg writes of the terrible lack of supplies caused by the Union's occupation of Nashville and the halting of the L&N train line. She mentions exorbitant prices for basic food items, seeing refugees wandering half clothed through the streets of Nashville, and her hopes of going home to Lancaster for Christmas.


  • 1864 December 10

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In this letter to her sister Veronica Boyers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nashville resident Kate Thornberg tells of freezing weather and a lack of food due to the influx of Union Soldiers and Confederate refugees and the Union's control of the Lexington and Nashville Railway Line.

Biographical/Historical Note

Catherine Boyers was born to Joseph and Mary Boyers in about 1837 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She lived in Nashville during the Civil War, likely with her husband. Her sister Veronica was the youngest of the family's nine children.


This collection consists of one folder

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection on June 9, 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