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Letter to Bettie Bruner

Identifier: MS-2168

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This letter deals with life in Clear Creek during the Civil War. M. E. sends a letter previously by handing it to a Mr. W. to take to Greenville so that it would be mailed. Mr. Wm. [Ganievaw] lost the letter. She tells that Cousin Lettie died. Cousin Wm. is going to let Mary have the children. Everyone is healthy except Idelah who has been horse and with a cough. John Alexander has two teeth. She spins wool and makes apple butter. Her mother returns home since Mr. Roadman married. M. E. has been looking for Alex. [Prisoners] are being exchanged at Vicksburg. Several men have run away, Charlie Parrott and the [Harnered] boys trying to make their way to Kentucky. Sam [Harnered] was killed and Charlie Parrott was taken as a prisoner in Virginia. M. E. wants Bettie to come for a visit and bring their father.


  • circa 1860

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0.1 Linear Feet


This letter from an unknown author to her sister, Bettie Bruner, describes the author's life in Clear Creek, Tennessee during the Civil War. It relates news of the family and mentions several military events.

Biographical/Historical Note

Creator of letter is M. E. [au]. She mentions two children, a girl named Idelah and a son named John Alexander. M. E.'s married name is unknown. Her sister's name is Miss Bettie Bruner. There were four Clear Creek place names in Tennessee in an 1834 Place Name source and no Montrose, Tennessee.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA