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William T. Presley Letter

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Identifier: MS-3399

William T. Presley wrote this letter to his wife Henry (Henryetta) on September 27, 1862 from camp in or near Knoxville, Tennessee. Presley mentions that her last letter caused tears to stream down his cheeks. He remarks on the poor condition of several men in his camp, saying that one looks like an old shoe. He goes on to tell Henryetta that she must hire someone to build a pen for the hogs and try go with out killing any of them til hog Billing time.

Dates

  • 1862 September 27

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

William T. Presley wrote this letter to his wife Henry (Henryetta) on September 27, 1862 from camp in or near Knoxville, Tennessee. Presley mentions that her last letter caused tears to stream down his cheeks. He remarks on the poor condition of several men in his camp, saying that one looks like an old shoe. He goes on to tell Henryetta that she must hire someone to build a pen for the hogs and try go with out killing any of them til hog Billing time.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Taylor Presley was born to John and Margaret Jane (Daniel) Presley in South Carolina in 1830. He was one of twelve children, including Calvin (1806-1892), Evan (1809-1875), Vincent (1812-1872), Emily Tazzi (Presley) Marable (1814-1894), John (1813-), Sarah (Presley) Adams (1816-), Augustus (1820-), Juliette (1827-), George Whitt (1836-1900), Charlotte R. (Presley) Wilkinson (1839-1916), and Newton A. (1842-1862). William Presley married Henrietta A. Ward (1831-1891) in Montgomery County, Alabama on December 19, 1852 and the couple had eight children: Augustus Gus (about 1853-), George Lafayette Fate (about 1855-), Columbus Lum (1857-), Antoinette Nettie (about 1859-), Maggie (1864-1891), Newton Walter (1869-1948), William Robert Bob (1871-1943), and Randolph. One of Henrietta's sisters, Narcissa Ward, also lived with the family for some time. William Presley enlisted in Company D of the 1st Alabama Cavalry on June 30, 1863 and was later promoted to Lieutenant in Company A of the same unit. He was paroled on May 17, 1865 and returned to his family. They later moved to Titus County, Texas, where William Presley died in 1896.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections purchased this letter in 2010.

Related Material

See MS-2783, William T. Presley Correspondence, 1862-1863, for additional letters.

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.2135: W. T. Presley Letter, 1863 July 14
  2. MS.2783: William T. Presley Correspondence, 1862-1863
  3. MS.3353: William T. Presley Letters, 1862 October 22-1863 June 4

Repository Details

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

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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