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G. W. Young Letter

Identifier: MS-2240

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In a March 5, 1856 letter, G. W. Young of Clarksville, Tenn. writes to his father William in Chaplin, Conn. about farming and coal mining. Young describes an agricultural practice known by the locals as "Plant Beds & Burning" in which they "[burn] Brush heaps on Tobacco beds & [save] the seed for plants."

After a discussion of people from home, Young also talks about coal prices in Tennessee versus those in Connecticut. He also speaks of "a Rail Road in construction from Henderson to Hopkinsville thence via Springfield to Nashville that passes through our extensive coal mine just above Hopkinsville Ky." He says that "the State Geologist has declared this coal to be of superior quality and unable to be exhausted in a million of years."


  • 1856 March 5

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In a March 5, 1856 letter to his father in Chaplin, Conn., G. W. Young of Clarksville, Tenn. writes of the area's agricultural practices as well as the influence of a new railroad on coal mining and prices.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information has been found on G. W. Young.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in July 2000.

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