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William Shackelford Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3670

This collection houses a letter from William Shackelford, a Union Civil War soldier, to his mother. In it, the writer details his thoughts of what the fate of Jefferson Davis ought to be now that Davis is imprisoned.

Dates

  • 1865

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 houses a letter from William Shackelford, a Union Civil War soldier, to his mother. In it, the writer details his thoughts of what the fate of Jefferson Davis ought to be now that Davis is imprisoned.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Shackelford enlisted to the Union on September 27, 1864 at the age of thirty one. Shackelford was a private of the 22nd Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, which fought at Gettysburg and the Cumberland Gap. He was moved to Knoxville, Tennessee for garrison duty in 1864. This letter was written two months after Lee’s surrender, one month after Jefferson Davis was imprisoned in Virginia – and less than a month before Shackelford’s Battery was mustered out.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased from Brian and Maria Green Booksellers in 2012.

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