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Margaret Barton Crozier Ramsey Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0322

Margaret Barton Crozier Ramsey kept this diary while she was in exile in North Carolina during and shortly after the Civil War. In it, she describes the destruction of her home in Tennessee, her journey to and life in North Carolina, the churches she attended, her religious views, her homesickness for her life in Tennessee, and her feelings toward the Union Army. She also relates family news, including news of her sons and other family members serving in the Confederate Army. This document is a photocopy of a transcription of the original diary.

Dates

  • 1864-1885

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 the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Margaret Barton Crozier Ramsey kept this diary while she was in exile in North Carolina during and shortly after the Civil War. In it, she describes the destruction of her home in Tennessee, her journey to and life in North Carolina, the churches she attended, her religious views, her homesickness for her life in Tennessee, and her feelings toward the Union Army. She also relates family news, including news of her sons and other family members serving in the Confederate Army. This document is a photocopy of a transcription of the original diary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Barton Crozier was born to John and Hannah Crozier on September 18, 1802. She married James Gettys McGready Ramsey on March 1, 1821. The couple lived at an estate named Mecklenburg, which was built at the confluence of the French Broad and Holston Rivers. Here, they raised their 11 children.

During the Civil War, the Ramseys were staunch supporters of the Confederacy. As a result, their home was destroyed and they were forced to leave Tennessee. They settled in North Carolina at a home they called Exile's Retreat. The Ramsey family finally returned to Tennessee in the early 1870s. Margaret Ramsey died on October 14, 1889.

Acquisition Note

Virginia LeNoir Stover donated this collection to the Special Collections Library in 1983.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult MS.0253, Ramsey Family Papers, 1790-1912.

Repository Details

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

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