John L. Boatwright letters

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Creator:Boatwright, John L. | Boatwright, John L., Mrs.
Title:John L. Boatwright letters

This collection consists of twelve letters from Boatwright, an Ordnance officer in the Confederate Army, stationed at Savannah Georgia, to his wife in Columbia, South Carolina, although the letters suggest that the Boatwrights were from Virginia. The earliest letter is dated 22 December 1863, the last 14 May 1864. The contents are largely personal; Boatwright was deeply devoted to his wife and in virtually every letter states how much he misses her. The strain of separation was doubtless increased by Mrs. Boatwright's pregnancy (see in particular letter of 1 May 1864). Occasionally Boatwright mentions the situation at Savannah and the course of the war; on 26 April 1864, for example, he alludes to the Army's financial straits. The letter of the following day states that "we are making the grandest of efforts in the world to frustrate the plans of the Yankees this spring" and that "Every Regiment from this place except one has been ordered to the front." There is also a fragment of a letter, possibly to Boatwright, from a J. W. Magill, referring to ammunition, no date.

Subjects:letters (correspondence) | Boatwright, John L.--Correspondence | Military spouses--Correspondence | Wives | Soldiers--South Carolina--Savannah | Confederate States of America. Army--Military life | War and families--United States | United States--History | United States, South Carolina, Richland County, Columbia, 34.0007104, -81.0348144 | United States, Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah, 32.0835407, -81.0998342
Institution:William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library
Contributors:William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library (University of Alabama)
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John L. Boatwright Letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

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