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John Crawford Vaughn Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0371

This collection consists of a single letter addressed to Darius Waterhouse from John Crawford Vaughn dated April 11, 1849. Vaughn writes to Waterhouse concerning an unpaid balance of $26.72. In the letter, Vaughn expresses the importance of paying all unpaid finances.

Dates

  • 1849 April 11

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 the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a single letter addressed to Darius Waterhouse from John Crawford Vaughn dated April 11, 1849. Vaughn writes to Waterhouse concerning an unpaid balance of $26.72.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Crawford Vaughn was born February 24, 1824 on a farm in Monroe County, Tennessee. He attended Bolivar Academy in Madisonville, Tennessee from 1830-1841. At the age of 23, Vaughn volunteered to fight in the Mexican-American War. He was elected captain and marched his troops into Mexico City; however his regiment never saw any action. He left the military in 1848 and returned to Tennessee and built a hotel in the new railroad town of Sweetwater. While on business in Charleston, South Carolina, Vaughn witnessed the attack on Fort Sumter. When he returned to Tennessee, his prior military service brought him to the rank of Colonel. He guided his unit into Fort Manassas, where Vaughn and his troops participated in the Southern counterattack that collapsed the Federal right flank. In 1856 he was elected sheriff of Monroe County. Vaughn was indicted for treason in October of 1865, moved his family to Georgia for a few years, and then returned to Tennessee to be elected to the state assembly. In 1874, he pleaded guilty to using bogus identities to defraud the widow's pension and was fined $1000. Vaughn died on September 10, 1875 in Georgia.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 1966.

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
865-974-4480