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Four (4) archival documents, including two (2) Civil War era Confederate Johnson’s Island, Ohio Prisoner of War letters, one (1) William Harris Crawford (1772-1834) letter, and one (1) 1814 Sam Weakley land survey. 1st-2nd items: ALS, one page handwritten letter from Lieutenant John Coopwood, 35th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Company G, prisoner of war at Johnson’s Island, OH, Block 5, Mess 1, addressed to Judge Samuel McClary Fite, Carthage, Tennessee, dated March 13, 1865. He thanks Fite for contributing to his necessities and states that his health has improved greatly since his last letter. He also references the exchange of prisoners, especially in regards to Fite’s brother Confederate Colonel John Amenas Fite (1832-1925), 7th Tennessee Infantry, Company B, writing “…Col Fite left here for exchange about two weeks ago have not heard from him since he left…” He ends the letter by requesting additional funds. Includes one (1) envelope addressed to Fite with a black ink stamp reading “Prisoner’s Letter/Examined/G.S.B./Johnson’s Island, O.” and a red three cent George Washington stamp. 3rd item: ALS, one page handwritten letter from Corporal Barnabas (Barney) L. Hennagan, 27th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Company F, prisoner of war at Johnson’s Island, OH, Barrack 18-7, addressed to Mr. Frank Balger, dated August 18, 1864. He writes to Balger, informing him that he had written Judge Samuel McClary Fite (1816-1875) several times requesting assistance, specifically for “…clothing and tobacco…”, but had not received any response. He also requests “…a suit of clothing…” for Samuel S. Heidelberg, 27th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. He requests for Balger to respond as soon as he receives the letter. Note: Hennagan was captured at Chattanooga, Tennessee, on November 24, 1863, and was imprisoned at Rock Island, Illinois. 4th item: ALS, two-page handwritten bifolium letter from William Harris Crawford (United States Secretary of War, served 1815-16; 7th US Secretary of the Treasury, served 1816-25; and presidential candidate in the 1824 election) Wood Laura likely near Lexington, Georgia, addressed to the Honorable James A. Hillhouse, New Haven, Connecticut, dated June 4, 1830. The letter primarily addresses Crawford’s continued support of Hillhouse’s proposed amendment to revise the Constitution to elect a President from among US Senators. He also shares his criticism of James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, stating “…A moderate share of talent with integrity of character and conduct is all that is necessary [to be President]…”. Signed “Wm H Crawford” and postmarked Lexington, GA June 5, to address panel, en verso. Note: Purchased by the consignor from Joseph Rubinfine, American Historical Autographs, in 1988. 5th item: Land survey document completed by Sam Weakley, regarding forty-six acres lying on the north side of the Cumberland River near Waynesboro, TN, comprised of land that had been sold to Alexander Ewing by Willie Borrow, dated May 16, 1814. Note: This archival material has been documented by the Department of State of Tennessee Library and Archives. (see: https://sos-tn-gov-files.tnsosfiles.com/forms/FITE-JAMES_FAMILY_PAPERS_1814-1879.pdf).
PROVENANCE: The Estate of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee.
CONDITION: All items in overall good, legible condition with toning, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, acid burn, minor tears to fold lines, to be expected from age and manner of use.