Archive of twelve (12) Post Civil War Atlanta, GA/TN documents, pertaining to the Nenney Family. 1st item: Letter from W. L. Nenney, Atlanta, GA, to his brother Charles G. Nenney, Russellville, TN, dated October 25, 1865. The letter begins by recounting a disruption that occurred when Nenney was staying at their Uncle Jo's house. Regarding the incident he writes "two weeks ago…they were attacked by the whiping [sic] crowd about six or seven persons last Saturday night we were all gone to bed and som [sic] asleep they knocked the door down with an ax and they were fired on they returned the fire and left came very near hiting cousin Nann they left in a hurry…I think it will be stoped [sic] before long by armed men if no other way I understand the president says he will send troops to put a stop to it…". He also mentions the housing situation and influx of population, writing "…we could board cheaper by boarding ourselves but the rent of Rooms is the touble [sic] I have engaged Quarters at a privat[e] house…Atlanta has plenty of Tennesseans there is a great many persons here in the city…". He also mentions the presence of Confederate soldiers, stating "…I see Rebels here with the suits of gray out and out now shooting and Robing [sic] there is some troops here but all [quiet] they Expect to be reciled [sic] soon or mustered out…". Letter does not include address panel. 2nd item: Letter from W. L. Nenney, Atlanta, GA, to his brother Charles G. Nenney, Russellville, TN, dated November 15, 1865. The letter begins by detailing his part in rebuilding Atlanta, stating "…I have worked a few days at 230 per day I will put up a house 16" by 30 or 36 in a short time me and an other man have been fixing up a stable to day to start a team to Hauling…". He also mentions the price of corn, writing "…corn is selling from 180 to 200…" and elaborates further on the efforts to rebuild the city, stating "…there is over one thousand houses in cous [sic] of construction gives employment to six or eight thousand men rents are very high they are coming down a little…". He also writes of the African American community in Atlanta, stating "…there is more Nigers [sic] here than you could shake a stick at you never saw the like Charlie & are a great deal of trouble I think as soon as I get a House I will do my own Kooking [sic]…". An additional remark about the presence of Union and Confederate soldiers appears on the first page, likely written after the majority of the letter, reading "We have Yankee soldiers here but they do not Trouble [us] and Rebels do as they please pretty much". Letter does not include address panel. 3rd item: Letter from W. L. Nenney, Atlanta, GA, to his brother Charles G. Nenney, Russellville, TN, dated December 3, 1865. The letter, possibly incomplete, is largely concerned with financial matters including the price of corn, stating "…corn has declined [from] 125 to 1.30…". He also mentions his involvement with the lumber business and his intentions to buy a new mill. Letter does not include address panel. 4th item: Letter from W. L. Nenney, Atlanta, GA, to his brother Charles G. Nenney, Russellville, TN, dated March 20, 1866. The letter, possibly incomplete, is mostly concerned with financial matters and his house, writing "…we will get Possession of our House the first of April and I will not have to pay commission for storing…rents are so high here it cost 75 to 100 per day to live here…". Letter does not include address panel. 5th-12th items: Letters from various members of the Atlanta Guano Company, including five (5) from John M. Green, President, two (2) from Cliff F. Mansfield, Secretary and Treasurer, and one (1) from Edgar D. Pallanag, addressed to Charles G. Nenney, Russellville, TN, dated December 2, 1887-February 16, 1893. Handwritten and typed on Atlanta Guano Company stationary, the letters concern the receipt of checks paid to the company by Nenney. Note: Charles G. Nenney (1834-1909) was the son of Charles Patrick Nenney (1809-1857), postmaster of Russellville, Tennessee. He was the son of Patrick Nenney (1763-1824) and Lucy Bramblett (1779-1850). He married Sarah Galbreath (1809-1899) in 1828. Charles, as the assistant postmaster of Russellville, took the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States Government. After the war, however, he made a personal application to President Johnson to receive a pardon that was granted in Washignton, D.C. on November 8, 1865. No mention of Charles' brother, W. L. Nenney has been found. (sources: "Life of Andrew Johnson: Seventeenth President of the United States" by James S. Jones, Ams Press Inc., 1901 and https://sparedandshared.wordpress.com/letters/1843-charles-patrick-nenney-to-p-e-irvine/). CONDITION: 1st-4th items: Overall good condition with foxing spots, toning, stains, to be expected from age. Writing in legible condition. 5th-12th items: Overall good condition with foxing spots, toning, stains, tears, to be expected from age.
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