Large Civil War archive, related to Captain C. B. Huggins (5th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry) of Murfreesboro, TN, and William C. Medders (24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, Company G, rank in Private, rank out First Lieutenant), plus some post war correspondence and publications, 83 items total. 1st-66th items: Sixty-six (66) Civil War letters, and commissary documents, and military orders related to Captain C. B. Huggins (1822-1910) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Includes a letter from Major R. Wilson to Captain C. B. Huggins, Loudon, TN, dated July 19, 1863, notifying Huggins of his appointment to the Commissary Department and ordering Huggins, if he accepts the position to "return to D.H.C. Spencer Chief C.F. of 4th District of Tenn. at Shelbyville the enclosed Bond and Oath and report to him for duty". There are many documents concerning the movement of goods and cattle throughout Tennessee. There are also letters to C. B. Huggins regarding cattle for General Forrest's command. Most receipts and orders involve moving and buying cattle. In a letter from J. M. Johnston to Capt. Huggins, dated May 9th, 1865, Johnston writes "The yanks came here yesterday under a flag of truce, remained 3 hours and left. They order all soldiers to report by the 20th instant. They will treat them as outlaws after that time". The book "Notable Men of Tennessee, with Portraits," by Judge John Allison gives this biographical information about C.B. Huggins: "Our subjects boyhood days were spent in his native county, where he received limited educational advantages. He began his business career as clerk in a mercantile establishment, and afterward engaged in the grocery business two years with J. W. Nelson, in Lebanon, Tenn., and then returned to Murfreesboro, and after clerking a number of years, engaged in the dry goods business with Isaac Lohman, and afterward with his father and brother in the grocery business, continuing until 1857. Mr. Huggins was in the commissary department of the Confederate Army after the battle of Stones River until the surrender. Since that time he has followed different occupations. He was connected with the First National and Stone River Bank as teller, but of late years has devoted his time and means to general trading and speculation". The Huggins family went on to start a long-running Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Murfreesboro in what was originally a waterworks and ice plant, opened in 1902. 67th-73rd items: Seven (7) Civil War letters from William C. Medders, 24th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, Company G. Six of the letters are addressed to Mr. H. C. Medders, his father, and one of the letters is written to his sister, Miss Linney Medders, Hillsboro, TN. The dates of the letters range from August 1862-April 1863 from various locations in Middle and East Tennessee, including one letter dated August 5, 1862, written in a camp near Chattanooga, four letters dated March 28, April 2, 10, and 20, written in camps near Shelbyville, TN, one letter dated October 27 186_ [exact date illegible], and one undated letter with no location. The August 5, 1862 letter refers to the regiment's participation in battles in Mississippi: "I saw J. W. Johnson the day that we left Tupelo he was well at the time…". The April 2, 1863 letter provides a glimpse into camp activities, his approximate location, and the general morale of the soldiers reading "I herd [sic] some commanding yesterday the Boys are generally well at this time we hav [sic] to drill twice (?) a day we think it is hard to drill all the time I don't no [sic] how mutch [sic] closter [sic] we [are] to Railrode [sic] yet i [sic] will find out…". The April 10, 1863 letter refers to the attempted capture of Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan by Union troops in McMinnville, TN, mid-April 1863, reading "we herd [sic] the yankees run Morgan out of McMinville [sic ]last Saturday, and if that be so we will leave hear purty [sic] soon, I can't say where we will go". In the same letter he also gives their approximate location stating "I [can't] tell whether we hav [sic] got any closter [sic] to Wartrace or not I think it is about 7 miles and it is 7 miles to Shelbyville from Wartrace…". The majority of the letters, written while Medders was stationed in camps away from fighting, contain assurances that he is well, inquiries about the family, and requests for his mother to knit him socks and for his father to buy him a horse. Note: "The Twenty-fourth Tennessee (Confederate) Regiment was organized in June 1861, at Camp Anderson, near Murfreesboro, and comprised twelve companies raised in the counties of Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Bedford, Coffee, Smith, DeKalb, Sumner, Hickman and Perry. It was first commanded by Col. R D Allison, and later by Col. Bratton and Col. John Wilson. It moved into Kentucky and was stationed at Cave City in October. At this time it was in Col. Shaver's brigade of Hardee's division. It was in Gen. Strahl's brigade during the most of the war. It participated in the pitched battle of Shiloh, losing many, and was reorganized at or near Corinth; thence moved via Chattanooga on the Kentucky campaign, and was severely engaged at Perryville. It then retreated with Bragg's army, and on December 31, 1862, participated in the charge at Murfreesboro, losing again heavily. It moved south, and in September, 1863, was engaged at Chickamauga, and later participated at Missionary Ridge. In 1864 it was in all the leading engagements in the famous Georgia campaign, and in the aggregate lost heavily. It moved with Hood's army to Jonesboro; thence to Tennessee, where it participated at Franklin and Nashville; thence moved to North Carolina, and in the spring of 1865 surrendered at Greensboro". (From "Goodspeed's History of East Tennessee", 1887). 74th-80th items: Seven (7) post Civil War letters including one letter from Daniel Medders, Burkesville, KY, to his brother possibly William C. Medders, dated March 12, 1871. Also includes three letters and one page of poetry all appearing to have been written by the same individual identified by the initials "T. T.", "T.T.T.", "T.A.T.", and "S. I. T.", addressed to Thomas B. Brown, one dated May 15, 1869. The individual, who indicates that she is a woman in the dated letter, addresses Brown as "Kind Friend" in one undated letter, only to revert to a more formal address in the dated letter that appears to be the last she wrote to him. Addressing a misunderstanding that occurred between them in the dated letter, she writes "I did not think that you would take offense at a few verses, intended for fun…thinking that it would amuse you, I sent it to you…I had no claims on you, but those of friendship, and now I am sorry I have not that. As to your not marrying, I do not blame you for that, I do not think less of you for that, I do not wish to marry myself not never have in all my life…Please, Tom, do this much for one who has ever been your friend, It is all I ask, Never hurt another one of my sex as you have me. May God forgive you, as freely as I do. Adieu S. I. T. _". Also includes two Coffee County, TN tax receipts for Thomas B. Brown, dated December 4, 1871, and December 1873. 81st-83rd items: Three (3) Civil War related publications: "The Mansion and The Cabin" by Mary Y. Walworth, President of the General Cheatham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 7 3/4" H x 3 3/4" W; "Battles of Chattanooga and Vicinity, A Monograph" published by the Chattanooga Community Association, Chattanooga, Tennessee, a vintage guide to Civil War Battlefields near Chattanooga, 7 3/4" H x 4 3/4" W; and a vintage newspaper clipping highlighting songs from the Civil War, including "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". 6" H x 3" W. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition. Letters with toning, tears, foxing spots, dampstainsings, etc. to be expected from age and manner of use.
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