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Richard M. Saffell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1333

A collection of letters between various members of the Saffell and Bogle families largely documenting their experiences during the Civil War. Of particular interest are the letters to and from Sam and Dick Saffell describing their service with the Confederate Army.

Dates

  • 1837 April 18-1889 December 25

Language of Materials

This material 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

1.8 Linear Feet

Abstract

A collection of letters between various members of the Saffell and Bogle families largely documenting their experiences during the Civil War. Of particular interest are the letters to and from Sam and Dick Saffell describing their service with the Confederate Army.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Saffell (1806-1841) married Clementina Augusta Meredith (1810-1857) on January 30, 1833, and the couple had four children, Richard Meredith Dick (1834-1865), Samuel H. (1837-1864), Sarah Jones (Saffell) Holland (1839-1909), and Elizabeth Cox (Saffell) Bogle (1841-1938).

Elizabeth C. Saffell married John Campbell McCroskey Bogle (1830-1906) on September 17, 1857, and the couple settled in Maryville, Tennessee. John Bogle was the son of Andrew Bogle (1802-1880) and Elizabeth McNary McCroskey (1803-1885) and had six siblings: Hugh Montgomery (1832-1893), Ann Elizabeth Montgomery (Bogle) Caldwell (1836-1923), Hannah Lavena (Bogle) McBath (1838-1909), Nancy Angeline (Bogle) McCampbell (1841-1924), Andrew Columbus (1844-1854), and Robert Cass (1847-1879).

Elizabeth's sister, Sarah Saffell, lived with the couple until she married William Colter Holland (1837-1918) in 1870.

Sam Saffell married Melissa A. Cook on February 17, 1859, and the couple had one son, John (1860-). Both Sam and Dick Saffell farmed in Roane County. Sam Saffell enlisted in Company B of the 63rd Tennessee Infantry (CSA) as a 1st Lieutenant on April 5, 1862. He was killed on June 24, 1864 during the Battle of Petersburg. Dick Saffell enlisted in Company F the 26th Tennessee Infantry (CSA) as a 1st Lieutenant on July 5, 1861. He was captured at Fort Donelson on February 16, 1862 and held at Camp Chase and Johnson's Island, Ohio before being exchanged at Vicksburg in September of that year. He was promoted to Major on October 13, 1862 and to Colonel on October 26, 1863. Saffell was wounded severely on January 2, 1863 and was killed on March 21, 1865 during the North Carolina Campaign.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one box.

Acquisition Note

Elizabeth Fisher and Anne Chapman donated these materials to Special Collections in 1987.

Repository Details

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

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