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Colonel Carrick W. Heiskell Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3673

These July 1861 letters were written by Colonel Carrick W. Heiskell to his sister and niece. In the letter to his sister, Heiskell discusses his surroundings and experiences in the Cumberland Gap while serving in the 19th Tennessee Confederate Infantry. He makes specific note of the mountain area, valleys of Tennessee, and an “abundance of rattlesnakes.” He goes on to discuss his readiness for conflict with the enemy in the days ahead, and soon after mentions the desertion of a relative to the enemy side. Heiskell's next letter to his niece expresses his desire to see her and her family. The letter to his niece ends with a few words about his collection of school books that should be left to “Hugh,” if he is killed.

Dates

  • 1861 July 3, July 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

In these July 1861 letters from Colonel Carrick W. Heiskell to his sister and neice, Heiskell discusses his surroundings and experiences in the Cumberland Gap while serving in the 19th Tennessee Confederate Infantry. Heiskell makes specific note of the mountain area, valleys of Tennessee, and an “abundance of rattlesnakes.” He goes on to discuss his readiness for conflict with the enemy in the days ahead, as well as the desertion of a relative soldier to the enemy.

Biographical/Historical Note

Col. Carrick W. Heiskell, born near Knoxville, Tenn., July 25th, 1836 was a founder of the Knoxville Register and its editor for over twenty years. He studied at the University of Tennessee (1846-1851) as well as Maryville College where he graduated. Heiskell enlisted in Company K, 19th Tennessee Confederate Infantry in 1861. These letters to his sister and niece discuss his surroundings and experiences in the Cumberland Gap.

Acquisition Note

These collections were purchased 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