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Descriptive Summary
PURL:
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00119/
Creator:
Edmondson/Bray/Williams/Stidham Families
Title:
Edmondson/Bray/Williams/Stidham Collection.
Inclusive Dates:
1834-1987
Materials in:
English
Abstract:
Collection consists of correspondence and documents primarily concerning the life and career of Isabella Buchanan Edmondson. They were created from 1834-1987.
Quantity:
35 boxes.
Number:
MUM00119
Location:
DD-7 & DD-8.
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
E-Mail: archive@olemiss.edu
URL: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/archives/
Cite as:
Edmondson/Bray/Williams/Stidham Collection (MUM00119). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Historical Note
The Edmondson/Bray/Williams/Stidham Collection chronicles the interwoven histories of several families of North Mississippi and Tennessee. The papers primarily concern the life and career of Isabella Buchanan Edmondson, known as "Belle." She was born in Pontotoc, MS in 1840 and was the eighth child of Mary Ann Howard and Andrew Jackson Edmondson. Andrew, a veteran of the War of 1812, worked as a surveyor during the wild days surrounding the cession of Indian lands in the 1830s. He worked in different capacities over the course of several years: Receiver of Public Monies and Recorder of Deeds in Pontotoc; as clerk of the Chancery Court in Marshall County in the late 1840s; and by 1856 he was a farmer by profession.
The family lived in several different homes throughout Belle's youth. She was educated at the prestigious Franklin Female College in Marshall County. The Edmondson family moved to Shelby County, Tennessee just before the Civil War began and much of the collection reflects their association with Memphis as well as Mississippi.
During the War, while Belle's brothers served in the military she worked as a spy for the Confederacy. She mainly worked in and around north Mississippi and reported primarily to Missouri troops. Belle also smuggled goods across the Union picket lines after Memphis was taken by Federal forces after the battle for the city on June 6, 1862. In 1864 a warrant was actually issued for Belle's arrest due to her spying and smuggling activities and she moved to Waverly Plantation in Clay County, Mississippi in November 1864 to escape. It is known that she remained at Waverly into the early part of 1865 but it is not known if she ended the war there. She would end her days in July 1873, two days after announcing her engagement to an unknown individual, a "Col. H."
Materials in the collection include war correspondence from Belle regarding her efforts on behalf of the Confederate soldiers in the area. Much of the collection also relates to Belle's eldest sister, Mary Edmondson who later married and became Mary Edmondson Anderson, then after Mr. Anderson died, she remarried and became Mary Edmondson Anderson Bray. She was also known as "Mollie." Her daughter, Susie Bray, would marry a Mr. Williams and live in Memphis, TN. Susie Bray Williams would have a daughter Mary E. Williams who would marry into the Stidham family. The 20th century correspondence is primarily from the Stidham family.
For much of the information about the early portion of the collection please see the transcribed diary of Belle Edmondson in the publication, A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson. Edited by William and Loretta Galbraith. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1990.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection consists of correspondence and documents primarily concerning the life and career of Isabella Buchanan Edmondson. They were created from 1834-1987.

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Container List
BOX 1

1.1 Undated 19th Century Correspondence and Fragments

AN. [1861-1865?]. Note fragment asking the names and whereabouts of three lady spies from Oxford, [Mississippi?]. 1p.

AL. Undated. Fragment of letter or document containing obituary information. 1p. Note: Page torn in two parts.

ALS. Undated. Mary to "Dear Sister Mary." Re: Sending slippers but she is sorry they are not completed as she intended. Mentions children and other family members. 2pp.

ANS. Undated. "Your friend" to "Dear Bell" [Edmondson]. Re: Asks for particulars about a siblings illness. 1p.

ALS. Undated. "Your Affectionate Sister Moll" [probably Mary H. Edmondson] to "My own dear honey" [Mrs. R.W. Edmondson. Re: Expresses sadness because she cannot be with her sister at this time of trouble. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mrs. R.W. Edmondson, Pontotoc, Missis." Calling card for Mary H. Edmondson also enclosed with letter.

ALS. Undated. "Sister Tate" [Tate Edmondson] to "Darling Sister." 2pp.

ALS. August 1st [year not provided]. "Alf" to "Gentle Friend." Moss Side. 4pp. And: ALS. Undated. "Cousin Alf" to "Cousin Soph" [possibly Sophia Bridgers]. 4pp. And: Letter fragment. Undated. "A" to unidentified individual. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Edmondson or [Mr.?] George Dashiell, Shelby Coty. Tennessee."

ALS. Undated. Ed Bray to "My dearest Mary" [Edmondson Anderson]. 1p.

ALS. Undated. "Sister" to "Dear Sister" [Susie Bray]. 4pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Miss Susie Bray, [Leath?] School, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. Undated. "Cousin Mary" to "My Dear Susie" [Bray Williams]. 4pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mrs. Marion [illegible letter] Williams, No. 14 Ford Avenue, Near Curve."

ALS. Undated. L.W. to "My dear child." 1p.

ALS. Undated. [Lucie?] to "Dear Mother Bray." 2pp.

ALS. Undated. [Lucie] to "Dear Mother Bray." 1p.

ACS. Undated. A.M. Smith to [Mrs. Mary Bray]. 1p.

ALS. Undated. J. Ingram to "Mrs. M. H. Bray." 1p. Back of letter addressed to, "Mrs. Mary H. Bray, At Home."

ACS. Undated. M.H.B. [Mary H. Edmondson Anderson Bray] to "My dear Susie" [Susie Bray]. 1p. Card addressed to, "Miss Sue T. Bray, Care of Mr. J. Stokes, Helena, Ark."

ACS. Undated. "Mother" [Mary H. Edmondson Anderson Bray] to [Susie Bray]. 1p. Card addressed to, "Miss Susie T. Bray, Care of Mr. J. Stokes, Helena, Arkansas."

ALS. Undated. Helen to "Mary" [Mary Williams]. 1p. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Miss Mary Williams 209 Edgewood Ave. Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. Undated. "Yours lovingly Grandmamma" to "My own precious baby" [Mary Williams]. 1p. Back of letter addressed to, "Mary C. Williams."

ALS. Undated. Louise to Mary [Mary C. Williams]. 4pp. On Crump, Britton & West letterhead. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Mary C. Williams, 292 N. Garland Place, Memphis, Tenn."

1.2 Undated 19th century calling cards

1.3 Undated 19th century financial documents, lists, and medical lists
Includes:

AD. [1861-1865?]. List of medical supplies including amputating instruments,
opium, laudanum, etc. 1p.

1.4 Undated 19th century handwritten recipes

1.5 Undated 19th century empty envelopes and letter fragments
Includes:

AD. Undated. Handwritten lyrics to "Dixie's Home." 2pp.

1.6 Undated 19th century miscellaneous material, handwritten lyrics, etc.


1.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1834

ALS. July 9, 1834. Astoria, [Oregon]. Butler P. Anderson to John [Anderson]. Re: Recent letter from John in San Francisco, diligence, begs for John to forget his indebtedness to him, George's "loss" and their mother, John's move to Texas, Scott and his business affairs in Texas, request for John to write of Griffin and Brown, political affairs in Oregon, Butler Anderson's feelings about moving back to Texas, and congratulations on John's marriage.3pp. Stamped Envelope.

1.8 Correspondence and Documents, 1836

ALS. April 10, 1836. Memphis, [Tennessee]. Butler P. Anderson to John [Anderson]. Re: Recent letter to "Sister Molly," recent letter from Scott and his upcoming visit to Memphis, Butler Anderson's desire to find work, and his inability to visit John. 1p. Slightly damaged.

ADS. November 27, 1836. License for John Adair Anderson to Practice Law in Arkansas.

1.9 Correspondence and Documents, 1837

ADS. 1837-1840. Account listing from [illegible signature] store for Ed Bray. 1p.

ALS. May 22, 183[7?]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. RW Edmondson [Robert Walton] to J.A. Anderson [John Adair Anderson?]. Re: Law practice in Mississippi, the advantages of Memphis as a location for Anderson's law practice, Mr. Thompson [Jacob Thompson?] and Federal Court, and advice about diligent work. 2pp. Stamped Envelope.

ADS. August 27, 1837. Receipt for payment from Ed Bray to H.D. Connell. 1p.

ADS. December 8, 1837. Article of agreement between Ed Bray and Stephen [Rolfe?] for the sale of land in Shelby County, Tennessee. 2pp.

1.10 Correspondence and Documents, 1838

ADS. January-September 1838. Account listing from Mr. E.D. Bray to Samuel [Mosby?]. 1p.

ADS. November 1838. Agreement for the sale of land between Stephen [Rolfe?] and Ed Bray. 2pp.

1.11 Correspondence and Documents, 1839

ADS. 1839. Receipt for payment of state and county taxes for Mr. Ed Bray signed by [illegible signature] tax collector. Fragment.

ADS. September 17, 1839. Land indenture between Ed Bray and John W. Jones. Shelby County, Tennessee. 3pp. Note: Seals from various government offices have differing dates.

ADS. September 18, 1839. Land indenture between Ed Bray and John W. Jones. Shelby County, Tennessee. 1p.


1.12 Correspondence and Documents, 1840

ADS. March 7, 1840. [Johah?] Graham, Deputy Surveyor, Shelby County's document attesting to the dimensions of Ed Bray's land in Shelby County, Tennessee. 1p.

ADS. October 1840-January 1842. Account listing of Mr. ED Bray to Dr. A. Fowlkes. 1p.

1.13 Correspondence and Documents, 1842

AD. March 25, 1842. Mary Edmondson's Report for the third month of 1842/ Pontotoc Female [Sem]. 1p.

1.14 Correspondence and Documents, 1844

ADS. January 1, 1844. Promissory note from Ed D. Bray to John P. Trezevant as payment for pew in the Episcopal Church for 1844. 1p.

ADS. July 1844-May 26, 1846. Account listing of Mr. Edmund D. Bray in account with Mosby & Hunt. 1p.

AD. August 26, 1844. Promissory note in the amount of $700 from Ed Bray to Wallis Bray for purchase of "woman Milbra and two children Bannis & Alice." 1p.

ADS. December 4, 1844. Receipt in the amount of $5.91 from Ed Bray in payment of his Shelby County 1844 taxes. 1p.

1.15 Correspondence and Documents, 1845

ADS. February 13, 1845-April 14, 1846. Account listing Ed Bray Esq. To John K. Chester. 2pp. Note: Signed and dated by Chester, "Memphis 14 April 1846."

ALS. March 4, 1845. G. Washington Anderson to Mr. John K. Chester. Louisville, [Kentucky]. Re: Financial matters concerning the redemption of lands in Arkansas. 2pp. Back of letter stamped with postmark addressed to, "Mr. John K. Chester, of firm of Chester & [Evans?], Memphis, Tennessee, Mail."

ADS. November 4, 1845. Receipt from Ed Bray for four dollars and 87 cents for his Shelby county state and county taxes for the year [1843?]. 1p.


1.16 Correspondence and Documents, 1846

ADS. January 23, 1846-April 10, 1847. Account listing for Mr. Edward D. Bray in account with Boswell & Gatling. Memphis, Tenn. 1p.

ADS. February 11, 1846. Receipt for bales of cotton sold by John K. Chester for the account of Ed Bray. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ALS. February 24, 1846. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. [Currituck] County, N. Carolina. Re: requesting the repayment of loan in order to finance business. 3pp. Back of letter addressed to "Edmund D. Bray, Esq. Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]."

ALS. October 9, 1846. W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Re: Recent bad weather in [North Carolina]; recent family illness; prices for various goods and slaves; and family business. 3pp. Back of letter addressed to, "Mr. Ed Bray, Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]."

ACS. [1848-1849]. Annotated Calling Card from Sophia Bridgers to [Mary Edmondson].

1.17 Correspondence and Documents, 1847

ALS. January 6, 1847. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Re:
repayment of loan. Currituck County [North Carolina]. 2pp.

ADS. February --April 1847. Account listing for E.D. Bray to Edgerton & Stark. 1p.

ALS. February 11, 1847. J.L. [Hearring?] to Mr. E.D. Bray. Ripley, Tennessee. Re: possible suit of Gregory & Berry. 1p. Back of letter addressed to, "Mr. Edmund D. Bray, Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]. Paid 5."

ALS. February 16, 1847. A. [Andrew?] Bray to "D. Brother" [Ed Bray]. Youngs Point, La. 1p.

ALS. April 15, 1847. Memphis, [Tennessee]. "Sister Mary" [Mary Edmondson] to "Jo" [Joanna Edmondson]. 3pp. Re: Description of Memphis hotel, Fort Pickering, dances, Cousin Ebb and other cousins, news of family and home, and Joanna's conduct.

ALS. May 13, 1847. W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Currituck, [North Carolina]. Re: waiting for a letter; the running away of Ab; the new vessel which Wallis and Benjamin Bray built; Cousin Jane's estate, etc. 2pp.

ALS. June 3, 1847. W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Currituck, [North Carolina]. Re: Receipt of payment in the amount of $700; concern over the runaway slave Abb; corn prices, etc. 2pp.

ADS. August 1847- June 1848. Account listing of Mr. E.D. Bray to John K. Chester. 1p.

ALS. October 28, 1847. Brother W. Bray to "Dear Brother." Currituck, [North Carolina]. Re: Wedding of cousin Charity Janes Northern and the need to account for the use of her slaves. 2pp.

1.18 Correspondence and Documents, 1848

ADS. [1848]. Poetry signed by "Raymond" [Sophia Bridgers] and dedicated to M.H.E. [Mary H. Edmondson]. 4pp. Envelope. Note: contains newspaper article featuring poem "To My Harp."

ANS. January 1, 1848. J.N. Bybee to "Dr. [A.C.?] Newman. Re: instructions to pay John Anderson $85. 1p.

ALS. February 16, 1848. W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Currituck, [North Carolina].

AL. June 3, 1848. Sunny Side. [Sophia Bridgers] to [Mary Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Author of a piece inscribed to Mary H. Edmondson, Raymond the author of the piece, poetry, and frequency of writing. 1p. Envelope.

ALS. June 26, 1848. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Currituck C. House, N. Carolina. 1p.

1.19 Correspondence and Documents, 1849

ADS. February 12, 1849. Anson [Whipple] to [McCullagh] & Co. 1p.

ALS. May 24, 1849. James [illegible last name] to Mr. John L. Scurr. Memphis. Re: payment of bills and sale of slaves. 1p. Back of letter addressed to, "Mr. John L. Scurr, Ocachicama PO Yellow Busha County, Mifsissippi."

ALS. October 16, 1849. Weaver Town, [California]. James H.E. [James Howard Edmondson] to "Dearest Parents" [Andrew Jackson Edmondson and Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. 3pp. Re: Life out west during the gold rush. Trip across the plains, the Mormons, prospecting, gold, food, death of friends. Desire to hear news from home.

1.20 Correspondence and Documents, Circa 1848-1849

ALS. [1849]. Mary H. E. [Mary Holmes Edmondson] to "Dear Friend [perhaps "Alf" Alfred Douglas]." 4pp. Re: A strange rambling letter about friendship, language, poetry, flattery, trust, and Soph [Sophia Bridgers]. Envelope.

ADS. [1849-1849]. Handmade book of poetry by Sophia Bridgers sent to Mary Edmondson. Note: Titles of poems include "To Mary E. My Sweetest Friend," "To Moll," "To My Dear Friends Jane and Mary," "To Moll E," "To My Dear Mary," "For Mary E., Pontotoc Mifs [sic.]." Included: Undated small envelope address to "Mifs [sic.] Mary Edmondson Pontotoc, Mifs [sic.]."

Several undated empty envelopes addressed to Mary Edmondson and Rev. Alfred Douglafs [sic.]

Calling Card for Miss Sophia A. Bridgers.

1.21 Correspondence and Documents, Circa 1850's

AL. Circa 1850's. Fragment of letter from [Mary Edmondson [Anderson?]] to ["Belle" Isabella Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Requested description of Dr. Robinson who has treated someone badly.

ALS. Circa 1850's. Holly Springs [Mississippi]. Alice [?] to Joanna [Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: A friend writes to Joanna from Holly Springs that she is on her way to Memphis. Envelope with Franklin College, Holly Springs stamp in upper right corner of the envelope.

ALS. September 2 [1850's]. Jo [Joanna Edmondson] to "My Dear Sister Mary" [Mary Edmondson Anderson]. 3pp. Re: She is in love but the boy loves Tate. Envies Tate's beauty and sweetness. She, herself is ugly and ill-tempered. Went to a party in Pontotoc. Eyes are well now.

ALS. Circa 1850's. [Memphis, Tennessee]. Sister Moll [Mary H. Edmondson] to "Dearly Loved Sister" [Joanna Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Visiting in Memphis with her cousins the Tituses. Having a wonderful time and enjoys the company of her cousin Mat. Envelope with Memphis September 13 postmark.

ALS. Circa 1850's. Mary E. [Edmondson] to "Joe" [Joanna Edmondson]. 1p. Re: New Year greetings, request to send clothing and need for news from home.

ALS. Circa 1850's. Mary E. [Edmondson] to "My Dear Jo" [Joanna Edmondson. 3pp. Re: Scolding Joanna and the rest of the family for not writing. Mary has been delayed in her return home but wants to see everyone badly. Mary is at Cousin Frazor Titus' home in Memphis. Will return with presents. A purse is coming from California for her. Back of letter used as envelope with Memphis May 23rd postmark.

ALS. Circa 1850's. Mary [Edmondson] to "Father" [Andrew Jackson Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Irish potatoes planted. Children left for Memphis. Ground prepared for watermelon planting. Man coming to fix well. Note: Slightly burned and damaged.

ALS. Circa 1850's (perhaps 1855-1856). Sophie [Sophia Bridgers (Walthall?)] to "Bel" [Isabella Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Good time in Nashville. Wants to go back to the college and spend an evening with Belle and the girls.

1.22 Correspondence and Documents, 1850

ALS. January 11, 1850. Sophie Bridgers to "Dearest Moll" [Mary Edmondson]/ Coffeeville, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Boredom in the "muddy town" of Coffeeville. Desire to come home and have Mary travel with her to New Orleans.

ALS. February 11, 1850. Mollie E. [Mary H. Edmondson] to Bettie [Driver?]. Holly Springs, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Impending marriage of Bettie, recipes, and family.

ALS. April 11, 1850. Mary [Edmondson] to "Dear Mother" [Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: On board the Sultana at Memphis. Cholera on board. Rumors it is raging on the river and fresh fruit is the suspect. Advice to Jo about guitar lessons. Wrote to Jimmie by some Californians on board. Back on letter used as envelope with a Missouri April 12th postmark.

ALS. July 5, 1850. Mary [Edmondson] to "Jo and Tate" [Joanna Edmondson and Elizabeth Tate Edmondson]. 1p. Advice from Missouri about how to behave at school so as to reflect well on parents. Be perfect ladies. Back of letter used as envelope.

ADS. August 20, 1850. Receipt for $200 payment from John Anderson to [illegible signature] for rent on grocery building in Stockton. 1p.

ALS. September 28, 1850. Sophia [Bridgers] to "My Dear Darling" [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Teaching at Oxford. Wants Mary to visit. Comforts her on death of little brother Andrew [Andrew Jackson Edmondson, Jr.?]. Envelope with Oxford, Mississippi September 28th postmark.

ALS. October 29, 1850. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to "My Dear Dearest Moll" [Mary H. Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: All night trip on stage to Coffeeville to attend party for wedding of Sallie Davidson to Henry Winter. Mary's partial engagement to John Anderson. John McRaven is her beau. Envelope with Oxford October 30th postmark.

ADS. November 7, 1850. Printed receipt for the payment of E.D. Bray's Shelby County taxes for the year 1850. 1p.

ALS. November 12, 1850. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi], 3pp. Re: Complaint about Mary's short letter. Questions regarding engagement. Details about Sophia's life and friends in Oxford. Love for John McRaven and confusion about her future. Envelope with Oxford, Mississippi November 13th postmark.

ALS. November 27, 1850. Benjamin W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Edmund D. Bray]. Currituck C. [ourt] House, North Carolina. 1p. Re: Enclosed document granting power of attorney to Ed Bray to do business in the name of his brother, Benjamin Bray. Back of letter used as envelope and addressed to, "Mr. Edmund D. Bray Memphis, Tennefesse, To care of B.B. Blume, Esq." Included: ADS. November 26, 1850. Document granting Edmund D. Bray the power of attorney to act in the name of his brother, Benjamin Bray. 4pp.

ALS. December 7, 1850. Sophia Bridgers to "Dearest Moll" [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Questions Mary's reasons for not writing. Envelope with Oxford postmark.

ALS. December 10, 1850. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to "Dearest Darling Moll" [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Ed Walthall insulted her in his note and she questions his motives in apologizing to Mary. Anxious for school to be out. She will return via stage on Dec. 22nd. College boys will be traveling on the stage as well. Envelope with Oxford postmark.

ALS. December 12, 1850. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to "My Sweetest Moll" [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 3pp. Re: Complaints of Mary's not writing. Cousin Tom will return pictures so Mary need not write him. Visit from John McRaven and Cousin Hoggate [?], and Mrs. Willis and the money sent for making Sophia a dress. Envelope with Oxford postmark.

ALS. December 17, 1850. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to "My Sweetest" [Mary Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Short note written during preparations for a party. Sophia is very excited about coming home on the 22nd.

ALS. December 25, 1850. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Edmund D. Bray]. Currituck C.[ourt] House. 2pp. Re: Sale of slaves for money needed by Benjamin Bray. General discussion of the prices of slaves at that time. 2pp.



1.23 Correspondence and Documents, 1851


ADS. February 17, 1851. Promissory note from Ed Bray to Anthony Street, attorney for William H. Street. Re: Promise to pay $500 in one year to Anthony Street for the sale of land near Memphis, Tennessee.

ADS. February 17, 1851. Land Deed for land sold by E.D. Bray to John [M.?] Goode. 1p.

ALS. February 22, 1851. Mary [Edmondson] to "Mother" [Mary Ann Howard
Edmondson]. 6pp. Re: Sister's ill child is better. Em has supplied stories of
Edmondson's crossness at home and says Eddie and Belle are the worst children
she ever saw. Asks Father's permission to visit a former girl friend. Envelope
with Pontotoc February postmark.

ADS. April 15, 1851. Promissory note from Ed Bray to Joseph [Lenow?]. 1p.
Re: Promise to pay $100 in one year from date.

ALS. April 26, 1851. Ed D. Bray to "My Dear" [possibly Eliza Bray of Baileys Springs]. 2pp. Re: Writing his vacationing wife of matters of home life; planting cotton, crops, family, etc. Included: ALS. April 26, 1851. Mollie [last name not listed] to "My dearest Aunt" [possibly Eliza Bray]. 4pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mrs. Eliza Bray, Baileys Spring, near Florence, Alabama."

ADS. July 16, 1851. Land indenture between [illegible first name] Williams and Edward D. Bray. Shelby County, Tennessee. 3pp.

ADS. August 1851. Speech Welcoming General Law at Astoria [Oregon]/
[John? Anderson]. 2pp.

AD. September 26, 1851. Promissory note of Ed Bray to [illegible name] in the
Amount of $230. 1p.

ALS. October 14, 1851. Mary [Edmondson] to "Mother" [Mary Ann Howard
Edmondson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Captain Ames family leaving
Pontotoc for Memphis, Sister feeling better, questions when Mother is coming down, Father, Rhody, and Soph. Back of letter used as envelope.

ADS. November 15, 1851. Receipt for the payment of $1570 from Ed Bray to [G. Buniton?]. 1p.

1.24 Correspondence and Documents, 1852

TDS. January 9, 1852. Receipt for $75 payment for the Shelby County and State of Tennessee taxes for E.D. Bray. 1p.

ALS. January 27, 1852. W. Bray to "Dear Brother" [Ed Bray]. Currituck, [North Carolina]. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mr. Edmund D. Bray, Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]" with return address listed as, "Currituck C.H. Jan. 28."

ALS. August 10, 1852. Mary [Edmondson] to "Jo" [Joanna Edmondson]. Holly Springs, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Writes to Jo who is in Pontotoc. Their mother arrived home. Mary often alone as Father is always reading and Belle "who is no congenial spirit of mine." Back of letter used as envelope with Holly Springs August 19th postmark.

ALS. November [?], 1852. Oxford, [Mississippi]. Soph [Sophia Bridgers] to "My Dearest Friend" [Mary Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: Fears Cousin Tom's declaration of love and wants Mary to travel to Oxford to help deter it. Troubles in Sophia's life and feeling of loneliness. Decision to travel to Edmondson home when term is over. Envelope with Oxford postmark.

1.25 Correspondence and Documents, 1853

ADS. January-October 1853. Account listing of E.D. Bray to W.W. Rochell [Dr.?] 2pp.

ADS. January 31, 1853. License to Practice Law in Mississippi and Tennessee for John A. Anderson. 2pp.

ADS. February 28, 1853. Promissory note in the amount of $25 for Joseph H. Mosby to C.A. Alexand[er?]. 1p.

ALS. October 2, 1853. Cara [Anderson] to "My Dear Brother" [John A. Anderson]. 3pp. Re: Delightful first meeting with Mollie [Mary] Edmondson. Discussion of their conversation and how it involved John and Oregon, Mary Orne, Titus household, and Holly Springs. Envelope with Memphis, [Tennessee] postmark is addressed to John A. Anderson in Astoria, Oregon.

1.26 Correspondence and Documents, 1854

AL. [1854]. Fragment of letter author unlisted to unknown recipient [possibly Tate Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: Contains several poems, "Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Four!" and "Sonnet to Tate."

ADS. [1854]. Receipt for the payment of Ed D. Bray's account with W.W. Rochell. 1p.

ADS. January 12, 1854. Receipt for the amount of $28.30 paid by E.D. Bray to Eliza A.A. Booth. 1p.


ADS. January 20, 1854. Promissory note in the amount of $823.89 from unknown individual [probably Ed Bray] to Asa Bell.

ALS. February 7, 1854. Mary Orne, Cara Anderson and Mr. Buckley to Mary [Mary Edmondson]. 4pp. [does not appear to be entire letter]. Re: Recalls good times in Holly Springs. Edmondson's new home Blythewood. Cara writes that her brother John Anderson is not returning to Oregon. Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to Mary Edmondson in Holly Springs.

ALS. March 7, 1854. Lou to "Dearest Tate" [Tate Edmondson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 3pp. Re: Complains about Tate's few letters. Mentions Mary and Soph's visit recently and their talks about old times at the College. Requests Tate's daguerreotype. Mentions death of Bee Curtis. Benefits of living in the country and "Beautiful Blythewood." Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to Miss Tate Edmondson in Holly Springs, Miss.

ALS. April 10, 1854. Lou to Tate [Edmondson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 4pp. Re: Complains of a terrible toothache. Writes of how fast the time has flown and it is already a year since they graduated from school. Describes Tate's "wild buoyant spirit" and "those bright black eyes and long flowing curls and silvery toned voice." Also speaks of recent dinner conversation concerning war in Europe. Envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to Miss Tate Edmondson in Holly Springs, Miss.

AD. September 11, 1854. Promissory note between [Ed Bray?] and A.H. Herron in the amount of $856. 1p. Note on back of fragment reads, "April 28, 1856. Received of [illegible] one [illegible word] and fifty dollars. A.H. Herron. Ten dollars for [illegible word].

AD. September 11, 1854. Promissory note between [Ed Bray] and A.H. Herron. 1p. Note: The back of the fragment states, "Received of the [illegible word] one hundred thirty two dollars 50/100 Chamberlin note. A.H. Heron."

AD. September 11, 1854. Promissory note between [Ed Bray] and A.H. Herron. 1p.

ALS. [After September 1854]. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Helen" [Helen Edmondson]. 3pp. Note: Written after Mary's marriage to John Anderson in September 1854. Back of letter addressed to, "Miss Helen [?] Edmondson, Marshall County, Mississippi, Kindness of Father."

ALS. December 16, 1854. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "My Precious Mother and Darling Father" [Mary Ann Howard Edmondson and Andrew Jackson Edmondson]. New Orleans, [Louisiana]. 6pp. Re: En route to Texas through New Orleans. Extremely homesick and wants news from home. Visited French markets and cathedral. Note: Mary married John Anderson in September 1854. Envelope with New Orleans postmark dated December 18 and addressed to Mr. A.J. Edmondson in Holly Springs, Miss.

DS. December 16, 1854. Receipt for John A. Anderson's payment in the amount of $3.00 for one year subscription to the Weekly Delta, Austin, Texas. 1p.

ALS. Begun December 30, 1854 and finished on January 2, 1855. Mary to "My Darling Sister" [Joanna Edmondson]. Austin, Texas. 4pp. Re: Servant/Slave? Rhody caught stealing. Describes arrival into Austin from Houston. Describes Anderson family, especially John's brother Scott. Misses family and wants more letters from home. Envelope with Austin postmark addressed to Miss Joe Edmondson in Holly Springs, Mississippi.


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Note: See January 2, 1855 letter under December 30, 1854 heading above.

ADS. January 1855. Receipt for the payment of $27.75 from Mr. Bray to D.S. Green.

AL. January 11, 1855. Fragment of letter. Austin, Texas. 2pp. Re: Discussion of marriage and conduct in marriage. 1p. Note: In 1899 Mary Anderson Bray recopied this letter for her daughter Mary Tate Bray. See 1899 correspondence.

ALS. January 28, 1855. Ed D. Bray to Eliza [Bray]. Baltimore. 1p. Re: trip from home and expected return. Envelope addressed to, "Mrs. Eliza Bray Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]" with Baltimore postmark.

ALS. February 1, 1855. Mary Edmondson Anderson to "Precious Old Josey" [Joanna Edmondson]. Austin, Texas. 8pp. Re: Life in Texas. Still having difficulty with Rhody, and sent her away to the country. Stamped envelope with Austin, Texas postmark addressed to "Miss Joe H. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. February 3, 1855. [W.?] Hess Jones to Col. J.H. Murray. 1p. Re: request to pay John A. Anderson $80 on the behalf of Mr. Jones.

ALS. [February 15, 1855]. Fragment of letter from Mary Edmondson Anderson to [Joanna Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Misses her. Reading Fashion and Famine. Asks about slaves at home. Rhody's progress in the country. Impossibility of traveling to Mississippi for a while. Asks for information and news from home. Eliza Chalmers and equestrian capabilities. Wishes she could buy Henry Daugherty who wrote to her. Note: This is the letter in which the older calendar of Edmondson papers lists a mention of Belle "Mentions sad and loving letter from Belle."

ALS. February 22, 1855. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Edmund Bray]. Greentown, Currituck County, North Carolina. 1p. Re: the death of Brother Wallis. Back of letter used as envelope and addressed to, "Edmund D. Bray, Esq. Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. February 22, 1855.M.L. Bybee to "My Beloved Son" [John Anderson]. Washington City Navy Yard. 3pp. Re: His mother in Washington to see about pension. His land warrant. Advises him to lay aside politics and take advantage of good society. Stamped envelope with Washington postmark addressed to "John Adair Anderson, Austin, Texas." Attached: TD. [c.1855]. Bounty Land Claim: Form of Declaration for Surviving Officer or Soldier. 1p.

ADS. April 28, 1855. Promissory note in the amount of $1856 between [Ed Bray] and James Johnson. 1p.

ALS. March 15, 1855. "Sister Mary" [Mary Edmondson Anderson] to "My own Josey" [Joanna Edmondson]. Austin, Texas. 2pp. Re: Misses "dear loved Blythewood" and all at home. "Bright-hearted Tate, gentle little Helen, warm hearted but wild Belle." Seems sorry she married. Hard to make a fortune in Texas. John gone again. "Once more alone." Stamped Envelope addressed to "Miss Joe H. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. April 3, 1855. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "My own dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Huntsville, Texas. 6pp. Re: Long letter from Huntsville, Texas about her love for him on his birthday. Stamped envelope addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi.

ALS. April 12, 1855. Jimmie to "My own dear Belle" [Belle Edmondson]. [Simmerport?]. 4pp. Re: Relates her harrowing experience on the sinking of the steamboat [Brilliant?]. Describes her fear and experiences on the boat as it was on fire. Recalls school at Holly Springs. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Franklin F. College, Holly Springs, Miss."

AL. April 12, 1855. [Mary Edmondson Anderson] to "My darling Joe" [Joanna Edmondson]. Near Huntsville, [Texas]. 4pp. Re: Still in Huntsville and still having trouble with Rhody. Recalls yard at home. Wants to know what she and Tate are buying. Dissatisfied with Texas.

ALS. April 21, 1855. Mary E.A. [Edmondson Anderson] to "My dear dear Joe" [Joanna Edmondson]. Near Huntsville, [Texas]. 8pp. Re: Dissatisfaction with Texas. Homesickness. Asks about Cousin Eliza's visit. Feeble health of Cousin Jim Titus. Lack of a home. Mentions Soph [Sophia Bridges] and Mr. Walthall. Addresses Tate and also thanks Helen for recent letter. Mentions Sister Bell and Col Murray and their situation in the country as being preferable to town. Mentions reading Ruth Hall. Possibility of coming home [to Mississippi] in June. Stamped envelope with Huntsville, Texas postmark addressed to "Miss Joe H. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. May 3, 1855. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to Joanna Edmondson. Near Huntsville, [Texas]. 2pp. Re: Still homesick and having trouble with Rhody's stealing. Mentions sad letter from Belle. Mentions visit to Mrs. Allen who came from Mississippi. Asks about the May ball and all the news which resulted from it. Note: slightly damaged and fragile.

ALS. May 6, 1855. Mollie M. to Belle [Edmondson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 3pp. Re: Letter from a girl friend from Pontotoc. Mentions school and events in Pontotoc. Also mentions Belle's sister Helen. Stamped envelope with Vicksburg postmark [? Perhaps misidentified with this letter], addressed to Miss Belle Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi.

ALS. May 7, 1855. H.C. Williams to "My Dear Sir" [John A. Anderson]. Woodford, Virginia. 4pp. Re: Theft of John's land warrant and what he should say on claim. Warrant lost or stolen in mail. New Orleans postmaster recently convicted for mail theft. Loss may also be due to trouble in distributing office at Tuscumbia or Memphis. Speaks of his books and his large valuable orchard. Stamped envelope addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Huntsville, Texas."

ALS. May 20, 1855. H.C. Williams to "Dear Sir" [John A. Anderson]. Woodford, Virginia. 2pp. Re: John is to send affidavit about loss of warrant. Williams still thinks it was stolen by the New Orleans postmaster. Mentions John's brother the Colonel. Envelope addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Huntsville, Texas."

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ALS. June 4, 1855. Mollie to "Ever dear friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 3pp. Re: Life in Pontotoc.

ALS. June 18, 1855. John L. [Scurr?] to "Dear Edmond" [Ed Bray]. Oak Grove. Re: the distribution of the Wallice estate. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mr. Edmond D. Bray, Memphis, Ten."

ALS. June 27, 1855.H. C. Williams to "My dear sir" [John A. Anderson]. Woodford, [Virginia]. 3pp. Re: Glad to know that the land warrant is not lost. Mentions that his old friend Sam Houston lives near John and once helped John's mother. Mentions names and addresses of various relatives in Texas. Tells John how to make application for balance of land due him. Mentions his large orchard. Back of letter used as envelope. Addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq. Attorney at Law, Huntsville, Texas."

PD. July 14, 1855. Promissory note in the amount of $29.37 from [Ed Bray?] to Barnett Graham.

ADS. July 21, 1855. Receipt for payment in the amount of $203 from Ed D. Bray to Asa Bell. 1p.

ALS. August 27, 1855. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "My darling Josey" [Joanna Edmondson]. Huntsville, [Texas]. 6pp. Re: Mary's sickness [confinement?]. The possibility of her Mother coming to Texas. Fears about Mother catching yellow fever. Yellow fever in Houston and New Orleans. Misses family and can not adjust to Texas. Stamped Envelope with Huntsville postmark addressed to "Miss Joe H. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. September 8, 1855. John A. Anderson to "My Dear Sir" [A.J. Edmondson]. Huntsville, [Texas]. 2pp. Re: The details of Mary's confinement. Detailed description of house they are renting in town. Description of the improvement of Huntsville and its literary bent. Mary added a small note to her father mentioning Soph's [Sophia Bridgers] marriage to Ed Walthall and the objections that had been voiced against it. Stamped envelope with Huntsville, Texas postmark addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi." Note: Fragile.

ALS. [September 28, 1855]. Fragment of letter from Annie to [Belle Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: A friend from school cannot return until fever epidemic is over with the first frost. Stamped envelope with Vicksburg postmark addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Mt. Pleasant, Mifs [sic]."

AD. October 16, 1855. Promissory note in the amount of $100 between [Ed. Bray?] and James Johnson. 1p.

ALS. October 29, 1855. "S" [?] to "My dear Bruser" [Belle Edmondson]. [Brookhaven?], [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Long rambling letter from a girl friend and schoolmate. Stamped envelope with Vicksburg postmark addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle B. Edmondson, Franklin Female College, Holly Springs, Mifs [sic]."

ALS. November 20, 1855. John L. [Scurr?] to "Dear Edmond" [Ed Bray]. Oak Grove. 1p. Re: Receipt of letter and more information about the distribution of Wallis' estate. Request for information about schools in the vicinity as he is anxious to educate his sons in the country.

ALS. November 22, 1855. John A. Anderson to "Dear Mother" [Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. Huntsville, [Texas]. 1p. Re: Announcement of the birth of a baby girl. The child is named "Mary Howard" after Mrs. Edmondson. Discusses Mary Edmondson Anderson's health. Damaged stamped envelope addressed to "Mrs. A.J. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi." Very fragile condition. Note: Attached to document was an envelope inscribed by Susie B. Williams "This envelope contains a letter which John Adair Anderson wrote my grandmother Mary Howard Edmondson when my little sister Minnie was born on November 7,1855."

ADS. November 28, 1855. Promissory note in the amount of $232.05 between [Ed Bray?] and J.S. Bell. 1p.

ALS. November 28, 1855. Sue Nailes to Belle Edmondson. 4pp. Re: Belle's lack of writing. Marriage of Sallie Brown [?] to a Mr. Smith. Mentions not receiving an invitation to the wedding. Thanks Belle for her kindness to Kate. Mentions "Brother". Mentions the possibility of visiting New Orleans and hopes that she will she Belle there. Mentions the names of mutual friends. Mentions Belle's sister Helen. Stamped envelope with Vicksburg November 28th postmark addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ADS. December 15, 1855. Promissory note in the amount of $23.00 form John A. Anderson to C.S. Hamilton. 1p. Note: back of fragment reads, "Recd of John A Anderson the sum of Twenty three dollars and sixteen cents in full of Principal and Interest this 7 January 1856, [J.W. Wilson?].

ALS. December 31, 1855. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "My own darling Joe" [Joanna Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: Description of new baby and of Mary's ill health. Thanks for the baby clothes sent by Joanna. Long portion of letter devoted to Mary's reaction to Soph's [Sophia Bridgers] death. Also mentions starting for home on May 1st. Stamped envelope addressed to "Miss Joe H. Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."


1.29 Correspondence and Documents, 1856

ADS. January 7, 1856. Receipt for payment from John Anderson on his account with [JRO?] and E.E. Smith. 1p.

ALS. January 11, 1856. Putnam Darden [signed Josiah Solomon Simmolins] to Mifs [sic] Isabella [Edmondson]. University of Mississippi. 4pp. Re: Amusing letter about life at the University of Mississippi. Stamped envelope with Oxford, Ms. Postmark addressed to "Miss Isabella Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ADS. February 13, 1856. Receipt for payment from John A. Anderson to James L. [Paugh?]. 1p.

ALS. March 8, 1856. J. Patton Anderson to John Anderson. Washington City. 4pp. Re: "Plain talk" about John's drinking and his future, his debts and returning to Texas. Hopes John has shaken off the spell of drinking and is living for his wife and child. Envelope with several unreadable postmarks addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Marshall Pike, Mifs [sic]."

ALS. March 13, 1856. William Reeves to unknown recipient. Huntsville, [Texas]. 1p. Re: authorization for John Anderson to retrieve a fine coat for William Reeves which he had left in Memphis in 1855.

ADS. March 17, 1856. Account for John A. Anderson with D.J. [Rausam?] noting that payment had been received in full. 1p.

ALS. March 28, 1856. J. Patton Anderson to John Anderson. Washington City. 3pp. Re: J. Patton Anderson quite angry about John drawing more on his [Patton Anderson's] account than had been discussed. Again J. Patton Anderson mentions that John must quit drinking and reminds him of his responsibilities. Envelope with unreadable postmark addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Memphis, Tennessee."

PDS. April 7, 1855. Receipt for the payment of E.D. Bray's Shelby County tax for the year 1855. 1p.

ALS. April 25, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Glad to hear of the young Minnie's improvement. Mentions bad conduct of brother Scott and the uneasiness caused to their mother. Cannot visit due to work with Mr. McMahon. Glad John has decided to settle in Memphis as the city has promise for a lawyer "who attends to the business of his profession." Stamped envelope with unreadable postmark addressed to "Mr. John A. Anderson, Marshall Turnpike, Mississippi."

ALS. April 25, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 1p. Re: Sends him some of Bush's papers. Wants him to write and invite their sister, Cara, down for a visit. Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Marshall Turnpike, Mississippi."
Note: Interesting imprint on envelope featuring a printing press. The words of the
Association's name are difficult to decipher.

ALS. April 28, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. 2pp. Re: Thinks it a
fine chance if John can join with J.W. Thompson. John should get down to work
and stick to it. Mentions Brother Patton and the draft of money. Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to "John A. Anderson, Marshall Turnpike, Mississippi."

ALS. April 30, 1856. W.H. Kilpatrick [William Hobson Kilpatrick, Jane Edmondson Kilpatrick's husband?] to "Dear sir" [John A. Anderson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 1p. Re: Mentions that he did not receive John's letter until after Mr. Thompson had left town. Will write to Mr. Thompson on John's behalf. Working on a complicated capital case. Mentions that he is glad John is not returning to Texas. Stamped envelope with [Pontotoc] April 20th postmark addressed to "John A. Anderson Esq. (Care of Capt. A.J. Edmondson), Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. May 4, 1856. J.W. Thompson to R.W. Edmondson and W.H. Kilpatrick. Ripley, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Does not want to form a partnership in his own county. Suggests Corinth or Hernando. Says the former will be for some two years more "a wild and disagreeable place for a gent to reside with his family."

ALS. May 6, 1856. J.A. Murray to John Anderson. Huntsville, [Texas]. 4pp. Re: John's brother-in-law writes from Huntsville that he is sorry John is not returning to Texas. Discusses ramifications of Patton's decision not to honor John's note drawn in Texas. Advises John to save his money.

ALS. May 7, 1856. W.H. Kilpatrick to John A. Anderson. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Decision of John W. Thompson not to take a partner in his law practice. Kilpatrick mentions Mr. Thompson's suggestions of Corinth in Tishomingo County. Mentions sickness in his brother's family with a child dying of scarlet fever. Stamped envelope with Pontotoc postmark addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq. (Care of Capt. Edmondson), Holly Springs, Mississippi."

TDS. May 9, 1856. Notice of receipt of John A. Anderson's bounty land claim by the Commissioner of the United States Pension Office, J. Minot. Note: ANS. [May 9, 1856]. H.C. Williams to John [Anderson]. Washington, D.C. Re: The received land claim form and Patton Anderson.

ALS. May 11, 1856. W. Deavenport to Major J.A. Anderson. Huntsville, Texas. 2pp. Re: Invoice for medical services for Anderson and his family while in Texas. Thirteen visits in six months. Wants note or will settle for $20 now. Stamped envelope with Texas postmark addressed to "Col. John A. Anderson, Marshall Turnpike, Miss. [Memphis, Tennessee marked through]."

ALS. May 22, 1856. J. Patton Anderson to John Anderson. Washington City. 3pp. Re: Mentions receiving letter from John written on the 12th of May. Sorry for former discussion of money matters. Regrets the whole business of the draft except letting John having the money. Envelope with illegible postmark addressed to "Jno. A. Anderson, Esq., Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. May 27, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Butler is leaving Memphis for Helena, Arkansas to become the editor of the States Rights Democrat. Stamped envelope with [Memphis?] postmark, addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Marshall Turnpike, Mississippi."

ALS. June 4, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 1p. Re: Leaving for Helena on Friday. Mentions Sister Kate coming up on the "Cherokee." Brother Scott in Hernando. Has not been able to locate a home for John in Memphis. Back of letter used as envelope with stamp, addressed to "John A. Anderson, Marshall [Turnpike], Mississippi."

ALS. June 16, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Gives location of Brown land in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Mentions that Sister Kate is with them for a visit. Stamped envelope with [Memphis] postmark, addressed to "John A. Anderson, Esq., Marshall Turnpike, Miss."

ALS. June 17, 1856. Mary E. Anderson to "My Dear Husband" [John A. Anderson]. Blythewood. 2pp. Re: Recent illness. Hopes he is encouraged with his position in Memphis and they won't be separated for long. Someone is graduating, possibly Belle. Father sold Blythewood. Stamped envelope with unreadable postmark addressed to "Mr. John Anderson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. June 19, 1856. J.R. & E.E, Smither to J.A. Anderson, Esq. Huntsville, [Texas]. 1p. Re: Enclosed bill which is past due. Note: Account is attached.

ALS. June 21, 1856. N.B. [Bell] Murray to "My Dear Brother" [John A. Anderson]. [?] Springs. 3pp. Re: John's sister in Texas writes about her health and politics. Back of letter used as envelope addressed to "John Adair Anderson, Esq., Holly Springs, Mifs [sic]."


1.30 Correspondence and Documents, July-December 1856

ALS. July 18, 1856. H.C. Williams to "My Dear Sir" [John A. Anderson]. Washington. 3pp. Re: Encloses bounty land warrant for 80 acres. News of Congress, politics and campaigns. Mentions Seward and Fillmore. Mentions Brooks' caning of Sumner. Mentions seeing John's brother Patton recently.

ALS. July 24, 1856. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Asking her father to send his carriage to her at Lafayette so they will not have to ride in an old buggy. Mentions Cousin Frazier Titus, Helen, Tate, and Jimmie. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Anderson, Marshall Turnpike, Marshall Cty, Mississippi. Important."

ALS. August 4, 1856. Marcus [A.?] [Wright?] to John Anderson. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 1p. Re: Release from obligation to rent one of his properties in Memphis.

PD. August 6, 1856. Printed report entitled Speech of the Hon. J. Patton Anderson on the Indian War in Washington and Oregon. 4pp.

ALS. August 8, 1856. N.B. [Bell] Murray to "My own dear brother" [John A. Anderson]. Near Huntsville, [Texas]. 2pp. Re: Brief letter on the evils of drinking. Begs John to give up "the dreadful monster that is costing you love and body." Mentions others who have successfully given up drinking.

ALS. August 10, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to John Anderson. Helena, Arkansas. 2pp. Re: Request for John to write a piece for Butler's newspaper if he remains with Capt. Edmondson in Mississippi. Suggests a piece on Federalism or the Know-Nothings. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "John A. Anderson, Marshal [sic] Turnpike, Miss."

AMs. [circa August 1856]. Fragments of possible manuscript of John Anderson's piece on the Know-Nothing party and the current state of politics. 7pp.

ALS. August 26, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to "My dear John" [John A. Anderson]. Helena, Arkansas. 3pp. Re: Received John's article on the Know-Nothings and liked it. Mentions sources for articles, politics, and family. Refers to the "Petto" communications [perhaps John writes under this name?].

ALS. September 25, 1856. Butler P. Anderson to "My dear John" [John A. Anderson]. Helena, Arkansas. 1p. Re: Explains that he has been out of the office for five weeks so he has been unable to send the papers containing John's commentaries. Requests that John continue the "Petto" commentaries for the paper. Also mentions possibility of getting John a job as a teacher's second assistant.

ANS. October 1856. A.[O.?] Hunter to Mrs. Bybee. [Marion?], Arkansas. 1p. Re: Brought a letter of introduction to Mrs. Bybee. Regrets having missed her. Wishes to know what course she will take in regards to the case. Note on bottom of page: ANS. [October, 1856]. Mrs. Bybee to Butler [P. Anderson]. Re: Concern over correspondence with Hunter. Apparently Butler sent this note to his brother John A. Anderson. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Jno. A. Anderson, Esq., Marshall Turnpike, Mifs. [sic]."

ALS. October 1, 1856. Cara A. Buckley to "My dear brother" [John A. Anderson]. Round Hill, Northampton, [New York]. 3pp. Re: She is deriving much benefit for her eyes, which are still weak, from the mountain air and the doctor's skill. Difficulty writing letters, but anxious to hear from John. Mentions the family and Tate's wedding. Loves the beauty of the area but not the people. She finds herself in the midst of "Black Republicanism" and abolitionists and dislikes it greatly. Stamped envelope with Holly Springs, Mississippi ? postmark, addressed to "Mr. J.A. Anderson, care of J.H. Edmondson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. October 11, 1856. Mollie [Mary E. Anderson] to "My dear husband" [John A. Anderson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Her trip and arrival in Pontotoc. Description of how the city has changed since they were last there together. Mentions that earlier time and hopes that, "God bless you and make you happy again as you were then." Mentions deaths of people they once knew. Back of letter used as stamped envelope with [Pontotoc] postmark, addressed to "Mr. John Adair Anderson, Care of Butler P. Anderson, Helena, Arkansas."

PDS. November 17, 1856. Bill for Mr. John A. Anderson from H.M. Grosvenor, Memphis, [Tennessee]. 1p. Letterhead reads, "Bought of H.M. Grosvenor, Piano Forte, Melodeon, Furniture and Carpet Dealer, Curtain Goods, Cornices, Transparent Shades, Matrasses [sic.] of all kinds, &c."

ALS. November 19, 1856. Mary E. Anderson to "Dear father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Helena, Arkansas. 4pp. Re: Her trip to Helena on Colonel Drumen and the health of Minnie. News about the Clopton's being poisoned by their slaves. Saw J. Patton, Etta and Mrs. Bybee in Memphis as they were leaving for Washington. Sister Cara is still ill. Back of letter used as stamped envelope with [Helena], Arkansas postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, Marshall Turnpike, Marshall County, Mississippi."

ADS. December 2, 1856. Promissory note in the amount of $5.50 from A. [Betters?] to L.N. Chamberlain. 1p.

PD. December 17, 1856. Receipt for shipment of two trunks for John A. Anderson from New Orleans to Helena, Arkansas. 1p.

PD. December 21, 1856. Bill for the shipment of two trunks for J.A. Anderson by the Memphis and New Orleans Packet Line. 1p.

1.31 Correspondence and Documents, 1857

ALS. [c. 1857]. Mary E. A. [Edmondson Anderson] to "My dear husband" [John A. Anderson]. 1p. Re: Minnie's ill health and whopping cough. Urges him to come home soon as both she and Minnie are missing him.

ADS. 1857. Statement of account for Ed Bray to J.S. Herron. 1p.

PDS. January [13?], 1857. Receipt for the payment of E.D. Bray's Tennessee state and county (Shelby County) taxes for 1856. 1p.

ALS. March 25, 1857. Annie [Perdue?] to "Isa" [Isabella Edmondson]. Vicksburg, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Friend from Vicksburg writes about the change in seasons. Also writes of her feelings of sadness on hearing about the deaths of Laura and Soph. Muses upon the transitory nature of life. Stamped envelope with Vicksburg postmark, addressed to "Miss Isa. B. Edmondson (in care of capt.
A.J. Edmondson), North Mt. Pleasant, Marshall Ct., Miss."

ALS. April 5, 1857. Sister Jane [Jane Edmondson Kilpatrick] to Belle. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Describes ill health of the baby Jimmy who is teething. Also describes her own ill health and excessive workload. Note: Very fragile and vermin damaged. Stamped envelope with Pontotoc postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mifs. [sic]."

ADS. May [?], 1857. Land deed of James E. Dean. 1p.

ALS. May 10, 1857. M.L. Bybee to "My dear John" [John A. Anderson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Enclosed letter from Dr. Wallace [Estill?] regarding the property of Col. William Anderson [John's father]. Mrs. Bybee asks for John's advice about how to proceed with her inquiries about this land. She notes that she tore the latter half of Dr. [Estill's?] letter and sent it to John's brother Patton since it regarded the Florida properties. Note: Enclosed
L. April 28, 1857. Fragment of letter from a clerk of some sort to Mrs. Bybee. Oakland Echo [Tennessee?]. 2pp. Re: Col. William Anderson's land in Franklin County [Tennessee?]. Stamped envelope with [Memphis?], Tennessee postmark, addressed to "John Adair Anderson, Helena, Arkansas."

ALS. May 13, 1857. [Bullord and Mitchner, Attorneys at Law?] to Mrs. M.L. Bybee. Fulton, Mifs. [sic]. 3pp. Re: Confusion over site of land supposedly owned by the Anderson's. Asks for the deed information. Note on bottom of last page: ANS. [May 1857]. M.L. Bybee to "My dear John" [John A. Anderson]. Re: Mentions that John has the deeds to this land. Asks John for advice.

ALS. July 1, 1857. Lettie F.B. Vick to "Dear old friend and schoolmate" [Isabella Edmondson]. Louisville, [Kentucky]. 2pp. Re: Belle's old roommate from Franklin Female College asks for all the news from their mutual friends. Stamped envelope with [Louisville], Kentucky postmark, addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care of Miss Mary Scruggs, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

ALS. July 5, 1857. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear husband" [John A. Anderson]. At Father's. 2pp. Re: From new home at Mt. Pleasant. News of birth of Tate's child and the pain she endured. Misses him and asks him to "resist all that will eventually...utterly destroy you." Stamped envelope with unreadable postmark to "Mr. John Adair Anderson, [initially addressed to Helena, Arkansas but redirected] North Mt. Pleasant, Mifs. [sic]."

PDS. July 6, 1857. Receipt for the Shelby County tax of Ed Bray for 1856. 1p.

ALS. August 30, [1857]. Helen [Edmondson] to Belle [Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: Writes that they received Belle's letter and are glad she is having a good time with her old schoolmates. Mentions Tate's new baby. Mentions mutual friends and notices that the neighborhood has changed. Requests a loan of Belle's green silk for her [Helen's] trip to Jackson. Mentions pet birds. Envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care of Dr. D.B. Nailer..."

ALS. September 1857. "Sister Mary" [Mary Edmondson Anderson] to "Dearest Jo" [Joanna Edmondson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 5pp. Re: Her visit to Memphis and their family she is staying with. Deaths of several friends and dreams regarding death. Asks Jo not to attend school regularly anymore. Back of letter used as an envelope with Memphis, Tennessee postmark, addressed to "Mifs [sic]. Joanna Edmondson, Holly Springs, Mississippi."

1.32 Correspondence and Documents, 1858

ALS. February 29, [1858?]. E.M. [Perryman?] to Mr. Ed D. Bray. Re: Letter responding to Bray's request to send him a copy of land title so that payments could begin on land. Perryman expresses his fears about the unsettled state of the country and his fear of "Green Backs." 1p.

ALS. March 7, 1858. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Helena, Arkansas. 3pp. Re: Has not heard from him in a long while. Misses both parents. Knows that they do not condemn her as do some of the family. She is trying to do her duty. Describes an unsettled household and asks if they could set up a room with furniture associated with child [Minnie died in June of 1857]. Mentions marriage of Scott Anderson. Back of letter used as stamped envelope with Helena, Arkansas postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi."

ALS. May 3rd, [1858?]. Joanna Edmondson to "My Dear Sister" [Mary Edmondson Anderson]. 1p. Re: Writing to express sadness over "this deepest... affliction." Possibly written after the death of Mary's first husband, John Anderson. Back of letter addressed to, "Mrs. Mary H. Anderson, Memphis."


AD. September 1858. Recipe for eggs. 1p.

ALS. September 5, 1858. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Lack of will after the deaths of her husband [John died May 2nd]. She describes the state of her health. John's Aunt Ellen is at the Springs and wants her to spend the winter with her.

ALS. September 9, 1858. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Aunt Ellen wants her to spend the winter with her. Mary requests thoughts of parents on this visit. Asks if Belle will go to the Institute to teach? Envelope addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Mississippi."

AD. October 4, 1858. Account statement of Mr. Bray for the Rev. George White, D.D. Memphis, TN. 1p.

ALS. October 8, 1858. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Mother" [Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. Macon, Georgia. 4pp. Re: Describing her trip to Aunt Ellen's house. Area between Huntsville and Chattanooga is "very beautiful." It is difficult for her to look upon beautiful things without thinking of her husband. Her health is better and thinks her former feebleness was due to grief. Mentions that Belle has written and asks about the rest of the family. Stamped envelope with unreadable postmark, addressed to "Mrs. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi." Note: The envelope has been used for some accounting with several names written and numbers out to the side of each name.

ALS. October 13, 1858. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: She is in Monticello, Florida at J. Patton's home. Speaks of Belle's kind and loving heart. Glad Belle is attending Sunday School and wants to hear of her progress. Mentions Jo and Cousin Mat's bad habit of reading novels.

PDS. October 21, 1859. Receipt for the Tennessee State and Shelby County 1858 taxes for E.D. Bray. 1p.

ADS. December 29, [1858-1859?]. Promissory note for E. Bray from R.F.A. Goodman. 1p.

1.33 Correspondence and Documents, 1859

AD. 1859-1860. Statement of accounts for Mr. E.D. Bray in account with Webb & Rawlings. 2pp.

AD. January 22, 1859. Receipt for payment from E.D. Bray to Lamb & Upshaw. 1p.

ALS. February 15, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Jimmy" [James Howard Edmondson]. Casa Bianca, [Florida]. 9 ½ pp. Re: Mary sends her thanks for the money sent by Jimmy to her. It was more than she requested and she can never repay him and this troubles her. Discusses extensively the nature of God and his prosperity. She mentions the inherent wickedness of the heart. She requests that Jimmy sends her his views regarding religion. Asks about his son and instructs him to begin inculcating religious teaching at an early age. Stamped envelope with unreadable postmark, addressed to "Mr. James H. Edmondson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. March 29, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Florida. 3 pp. Re: Mary is replying to the idea that Belle should travel with Aunt Ellen and Mary. She seems to feel that it would be too expensive and might appear strange to Aunt Ellen's family. Religious discussion. Glad Joanna is reading the book of sermons she sent to the servants. Discusses deaths of several close acquaintances.

ALS. April 23, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Jo" [Joanna Edmondson]. Florida. 8pp. Re: Lengthy religious discussion. Asks that Jo minister to the servants, especially Uncle Elam. Mentions that Belle is still "out of the ark of safety." Mentions that she has enclosed a note from Etta to Belle, but Etta was afraid to say too much in her note, "for fear of exciting her."

ALS. May 9, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Casa Bianca, Florida. 3pp. Re: Upcoming trip to Philadelphia by Washington. Anxious to hear from family and Belle. Sends her forwarding address. Discussion of payment of debts by her Father and Brother Patton through Jimmy. Religious discussion and concern over worry caused to father.

ALS. June 3, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Eddie" [Edmund Augustus Edmondson]. Philadelphia. 6pp. Re: Describes her visit in Washington. She saw the President, the additions to the Capitol building, the original Declaration of Independence (many of the original signatures were obliterated), Benjamin Franklin's printing press, etc. She has been staying with Ben Pleasant's family. Hopes Eddie is attending church regularly. Mentions family members and wants to know how they are doing. Mentions that Belle is forbidden to write or receive letters due to her state of intense nervous excitement.

ALS. June 10, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to "My dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Philadelphia. 6pp. Re: Asks if they have Presbyterian ministers in Mt. Pleasant. Mary is afraid the Edmondson's will become Methodists. Explains that she has not written to Belle because she had been told that Belle could not bear any excitement. Mary asks her father if he still wants Belle to go on the trip with her.

ALS. August 4, 1859. Mary H. Anderson to George [Dashiell]. Lewiston, Pennsylvania. 4pp. Re: Has heard that he is in New York on business. She may want to return home with him. Mentions her anxiousness to hear about Tate and the rest of the family. Mentions religion and hopes that he is able to attend church. Mentions the kindness of Aunt Ellen.

ALS. October 25, 1859. Dr. Malone to "My dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 2pp. Re: Responding to a recent letter from Belle describing her sickness and asking the doctor's advice. Dr. Malone advises Belle to try cupping for the present and at her earliest convenience to come and visit him for consultation. He was gratified when he was able to "restore her health" in the past and believes he will be able to do this again. Mentions that the onset of cold weather may affect her "spells." Stamped envelope with [Memphis, Tennessee] postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmondson, North Mt. Pleasant, Mifs. [sic]."

ALS. December 2, 1859. [R.L. Guards ?] to "My dear Mrs. Anderson" [Mary Edmondson Anderson]. Memphis, [Tennessee]. 1p. Re: Receipt of certificate of church membership in Helena, [Arkansas] and the addition of Mary's name to the Communion list. Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark, addressed to "Mrs. Mary H. Anderson, At Mr. Titus', Market Street, Memphis."

BOX 2

2.1 Correspondence and Documents, circa 1860's


ALS. March 6th [c. 1860's]. Helen [Edmondson Crump] to "Dear Sister Mary" [Edmondson Anderson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Description of the plight of an orphaned young girl in Oxford seeking her relatives in Memphis. Helen asks her sister Mary for help in locating the relatives. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mrs. Mary H. Anderson, At A.J. Edmondsons."

PDS. C. 1860. Receipt for goods purchased of Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson at J.H. Lowenstine & Bros. 1p.

DS. c. 1860's. [? Bray] to Maj. R.W. [Muniger]. 1p. Re: Leave of absence for [Boone Baley?].

AL. c. 1860's. Fragment of letter from [James H. Edmondson] to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Sending six or seven more pear trees, ten plum trees, and ten cherry trees to finish out the garden. Sending also "superior grape cuttings. Sent garden seeds to Mother and Jo by Uncle Elam.

ALS. c. 1860's. Missy [Morgan] to "My dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. 2 ½ pp. Re: Saw Dr. Moses. Wants Belle to deliver a letter in Memphis. Needs a baby blanket. Stamped envelope, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmondson, Care of [W.?] Jayner."

ALS. c. 1860's. "Ducks" to George T. Lincoln. Sylvan Lodge. 4pp. Re: Refusal of their mother to allow "Ducks" to come and visit her sick brother. George is apparently in service in the South. Mentions Jimmie whose "patriotism is of a latent kind" and others who remain behind for various reasons. Back of letter used as envelope, addressed to "Geo. T. Lincoln, Esq."

AL. c. 1860's. Unsigned to Isabel [sic]. 2pp. Re: Is not pleased she asked her to buy things and try to get them through the lines. "Consider who you trouble in asking persons to get you a permit."

ANS. September 3, [c. 1861-1865]. A.E. [Kahn] to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Bell." Re: Thanks Belle for her efforts in sending letters. 1p.



2.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1860

AD. 1860. Statement of the account of Bray with [J. Boca?]. 3pp.

ADS. January 11, 1860. Statement of account on land purchase. 1p.

ALS. February 23, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Corinth, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: In Corinth with her ill sister [Jane]. Mentions that her mother arrived all right. Mary wants to return home, but does not want to be any trouble. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Mr. A. J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi."

ALS. May 18, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Pontotoc, [Mississippi]. 8pp. Re: Had been detained in Oxford until Monday. News about family and friends in Oxford and Pontotoc. Mentions her Mother's health and that Brother [Robert] is feeling much better.

ALS. July 2, 1860. Spruille to "My kind friend" [Isabella Edmondson]. Gothic Studio, Home. 4pp. Re: Describes trip home and quiet visit at home. Father built a Gothic Studio. Mentions friends and the kindness of the Edmondson family. Envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmondson, North Mt. Pleasant, Miss."

ALS. July 7, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. [Pontotoc, Mississippi]. 2pp. Re: Has not heard any news from home. Brother [Robert] is still very ill. Mentions that a visit from Jimmy or Eddie might help him improve. Mentions Aunt Patsy and Em. Thanks her father for sending her papers. Sends her love to both her parents. Asks about the servants, particularly Uncle Elam. Stamped envelope with Pontotoc, Mississippi postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi."

ALS. July 17, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father and Mother" [A.J. Edmondson and Mary Howard Edmondson]. 4pp. Re: Questions why they have not heard anything from home. Brother [Robert] still quite ill.

ALS. July 19, 1860. George W..[Wray?] to A. J. Edmondson. Pocahontas, [Mississippi]. 1p. Re: Very difficult to read. Expressing sorrow over Mr. Edmondson's reaction to a bill and explanation of the charges. Stamped envelope with Pontotoc postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi." Note: AN. [July 19, 1860]. [Mr. Wray] to [A.J. Edmondson]. Re: Bill explanation.

ALS. August 8, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father and Mother" [A.J. Edmondson and Mary Howard Edmondson]. [Pontotoc, Mississippi]. 3pp. Re:
Heat is very bad and is perhaps causing her ill health. Believes that wearing black might exacerbate the problem. Mentions family and R.W. Edmondson's ill health. Back of letter used as stamped envelope, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, North Mount Pleasant, Marshall County, Mississippi."

ALS. August 17, 1860. Spruille Binford to "Kind friend, Mifs.[sic.] Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Chicago, Il. 3pp. Re: Description of stay in Chicago at the Adams House. Asks about Belle's acquaintance with Carlo Patti and his music. Mentions going to St. Anthony Falls next. Stamped envelope with Chicago postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, North Mt. Pleasant, Miss.

ALS. September 27, 1860. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Mentions that she wishes he had been by Pontotoc to see Robert when he visited Corinth. Includes a message from Florence, a slave, to her husband assuring him that their child did not die of neglect. Note: Susie Bray Williams writes on the back of the note dated 12- 1932 says she knew Florence and speaks of the love the slaves had for the Edmondsons).

PDS. December 7, 1860. Receipt for Tennessee State and Shelby County 1860 taxes for E.D. Bray. 1p.

PDS. December 24, 1860. Receipt for three bales of cotton from E.D. Bray by [J.J.?] Rawlings & Co. 1p.

PDS. December 24, 1860. [J.J.?] Rawlings & Co. receipt for two bales of cotton from [Carcy?] Jones moved by "Bray's wagon." 1p.

2.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1861

ALS. [1861]. Emily E. Perkins to "My Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Jackson, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Discusses Belle's loneliness and heartache after the Carlo Patti romance has ended. Advises not to mention Patti's name because Emily has been informed that girls have been ruined just from having received him. Also advises Belle not to move to New Orleans because of its reputation for vice and the corruption of young women. Sends her love to the Edmondson family. Ends the letter with, "I am getting ready to help Lincoln." Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmonson [sic.], Care of Edmonson [sic] and [Armstrong], Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]."

ADS. 1861. Statement of ED Bray's 1861 State [Tennessee?] and County [Shelby?] taxes. 1p.

ADS. January- October, 1861. Statement of account of E.D. Bray to Finley Holmes. 1p. Note: penciled note at bottom of statement reads, "March 25, 1866. Rec'd payment in full by cash Finley Holmes.


ADS. January 4, 1861. Statement of account sales of cotton for E.D. Bray by J. Rawlings & Co., Memphis. 1p.

ADS. January 4, 1861. Statement of account sales of cotton for C. Jones by J.J. Rawlings & Co., Memphis. 1p.

ALS. Feby.[sic.] 28, 1861 [Could this be misdated, 1862?]. J.H. Edmondson to Bell [Isabella Edmondson]. Columbus, [Mississippi]. 3pp. Re: Mentions that he knows Carlo Patti has been received by Belle in Memphis. He indicates that they have spoken about this before and he understood Belle would no longer associate with Patti. Her brother believes Patti is a man who is "devoid of honor." Asks Belle to return home until Patti has left Memphis. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic] Belle Edmondson, Care of [Orgile] and Bro., Front [illegible text here], Memphis, Tenn."

ANS. April 11, 1861. E.M. [illegible last name] to E.D. Bray. Jackson Co., Ark. Re: Requesting that Barnes be able to receive the rent money of the Warren place and another site. Note: also included is a small note at the bottom which indicates that R.S. Barnes received the rent monies from E.D. Bray.

ALS. April 20, 1861. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father and Mother." 8pp. Re: The taking of Fort Sumter and her hopes that armed conflict could be averted. At her sister's [Jane Edmondson Kilpatrick] in Corinth. Mr. Kilpatrick at home on furlough. Mentions that she expects troops to rendezvous near them and is uncertain if she should travel home or not. Also tells parents to tell Uncle Elam that, "now is the time for him to pray for abolitionists." Stamped envelope with Corinth postmark, addressed to "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, Care of J.H. Edmondson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. May 17, 1861. Mary Kilpatrick to "Aunt Buck Bell" [Isabella Edmondson]. 2pp. Re: Recounts the events of the soldiers arrival and training in Corinth. She saw a military parade in a field. Soldiers have pitched their tents in front of the Kilpatrick home. Mentions that some of the ladies in town have been charging the soldiers for buttermilk.

ALS. May 29, 1861. Mary H. Anderson to "Dear Father" [A.J. Edmondson]. Corinth, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: News of all the soldiers in Corinth. Mentions that General Beauregard is expected. Both she and Jane feel that they are safe, being surrounded by Southern soldiers. Mentions that she cannot lend her book Queens of England to Mrs. Perkins as she [Mary] never lends her books.

ALS. May 29, 1861. Jane Kilpatrick to "My dear Father and Mother" [A.J. Edmondson and Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. Corinth, [Mississippi]. 4pp. Re: Mentions the difficulties of having her home filled with friends, soldiers, and relatives. Worried that she has hurt the feelings of Mother Kilpatrick. Does not want to leave home for fear that the soldiers will not behave well. Complains that there is not enough patriotism in the town. Few will help soldiers families in great need. Mentions those who offer credit and the shortage of food and materials. Difficulties feeding soldiers and her wish to be rich because "there are so many soldiers needing help." Ends by asking family members to write to her.

ALS. May 31, 1861. Sarah M. Henderson [wife of Thomas H. Henderson?] to "My Dear Sister" [Name unknown]. Marshalltown. 3pp. Re: Conflict in family over abolitionism. Does not agree with the beliefs of the abolitionists. Mentions that she believes that "it [abolitionism] has never been any benefit to the race to which they pretend to have some much sympathy for." Hopes that they will all be able to act with calm judgment in the future. Is not sure when she will be able to visit the family, and she is sorry "that the present state of excitement will not permit your coming to visit us." Ends the letter with a request for photographs and letters from the family. Note: There is a small note on the bottom of the third page which reads, "This letter was written by Alfred H. Kennedy."

ADS. June 11, 1861. Promissory note of [W.B. Warthell?] to Octavius Applegate. 1p.

ALS. July [24], 1861. Helen [Edmondson] to "Dear Mother" [Mary Ann Howard Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Father wishes to know when she is coming home. Tate and Nannie are with them. "Jimmie" expects to go on to Virginia in a few days. Note on back of letter presumably from A.J. Edmondson regarding Lee and Peter chilling the vat. Envelope addressed to "Mrs. A.J. Edmondson, Care of Mrs. W.H. Kilpatrick, Corinth, Miss."

ALS. September 8, 1861. Emily Perkins to "My Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Boliver.4pp. Re: Consoling Belle over the death of her mother. Mentions Belle's two afflictions: the death of her mother and the broken romance with Carlo Patti. Asks if Belle has had any contact with Patti and mentions that she would like to see their correspondence. Had heard that he was wounded and wonders if he is dead. Mentions that in any case he is "dead" to Belle as he is a married man. Mentions her own growing attachment to a man who has been diagnosed as a monomaniac. Encourages Belle to occupy her mind and time with charity, painting, reading, etc.. Envelope with Bolivar, Tn. postmark, addressed to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of W.B. Miller & Co., Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. September 30, 1861. E.A. [Eddie] Edmondson to "Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Camp Bluff City Greys, Columbus, Ky. 3pp. Re: Written in camp at Columbus, Ky. Mentions the strict rules regarding behavior of a private. Mentions also the process of soldiers having their photo taken to send back home. Says that even the soldiers would laugh at some of their poses in future years. Also asks Helen and Belle to make some fancy shirts for him as all the soldiers are receiving them from "their girls." Envelope address to "Mifs. [sic] Bell Edmondson, Care of Mrs. Geo. Dashiell, Memphis, Tenn." The envelope has a return address which reads, "E.A. Edmondson, Company B., 154 [?]th Sen. Regt. T.U."

ALS. October 25, 1861. E.A.E. [Edmund Augustus Edmondson] to "Dear Bell" [Isabella Edmondson]. Camp Bluff City Greys, Columbus, Ky. 2pp. Re: Thanking Belle and Helen for the shirts and gloves they sent him. They were much appreciated as it is getting cold in Columbus and Eddie has had to stand evening guard duty. He does not seem to like the position of a private. He is hoping to get a furlough for Christmas but does not think it likely.

ALS. December 26, 1861. E.A. [Edmund Augustus] Edmondson to " Dear Bell" [Isabella Edmondson]. Camp Bluff City Greys, Columbus, Ky. 2 ½ pp. Re: Describing Christmas in camp. He mentions that Christmas morning there was a lot of celebrating and men drinking, but now on the morning after Christmas Day the camp is quite calm and as usual. It was not what he expected. Thanks Belle for the box of things sent to him on Christmas morning. He and several of his friends combined their boxes of food and had a wonderful Christmas feast. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Bell Edmondson, Care Col F. Titus, Memphis, Tenn., Kindnefs [sic] of Mr. James Barbour."


2.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1862

ALS. n.d. [1862]. Belle [Edmondson] to Mr. Patti [Carlo Patti]. 2pp. Re: Cancels their engagement. She states that she does not wish to share her heart with another. Mentions also the dislike her brothers have for him. Wishes all communication between them to cease. [Rough draft in Emily Perkins' handwriting].

ALS. January 10, 1862. W.D. Bean to Colonel MacLean. Shelbyville, Tenn. 1p. Re: Asking for word on what the Yankees are doing with the people of Lexington, Mo. where his wife has gone to be with her father. Asks if General Price might be going to Missouri? Envelope with illegible postmark, addressed to, "Col. Lewis A. MacLean, Care of Maj. Gen. Price, Grenada, Miss."

ALS. January 13, 1862. Mary F. Govan to "Miss Edmondson" [Isabella Edmondson]. Memphis, Tenn. 2pp. Re: Asks Belle to find information about her brother, George Govan and two other soldiers, Mercer Otey and Harvey Minor. She has heard that Belle is leaving for Bragg's army that day. She apologizes for addressing a woman she does not know but she does not feel a stranger to any Southern woman. She states, "We women of the South have one heart that beats...in unison." Envelope addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. January 20, 1862. Emily E. Perkins to "My Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Bolivar, [Tn.]. 4pp. Re: Told by Nannie that Belle was interested in teaching school. She warns Belle about the difficulties involved in teaching, but also advises that it would help to usefully occupy her troubled mind. She mentions Carlo Patti and his terrible reputation. She notes that he left Memphis particularly to rid himself of his engagement to Belle. His attitude towards women is not honorable. She also mentions the new home of the Edmondsons. Envelope addressed to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of W.B. Miller & Co., Memphis, Tennesee."

ALS. January 31, 1862. E.A. Edmondson to Bell [Isabella Edmondson]. Columbus, Ky. 1p. Re: Asking Belle to send some needed supplies. His friend Wash Nicholson is leaving for Memphis soon to attend the funeral of his sister Mrs. Goring.

ALS. February 8, 1862. E.A. Edmondson to "Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Camp "Bluff City Greys," Columbus, Ky. 2pp Re: Winter camp and the duties of a private. Additions to their camp-two companies out of our regiment detailed for police guard in the City of Columbus, as our Col. Wright has been appointed Military Governor of the town. Thanks Helen for the sock. A bit homesick--wishes he could ride up to the gate at home. Talks about so many changes taking place that he doesn't "know whether I would enjoy it as I used to." Asks Belle what people think of his enlistment. Asks about the home guards. States that he will enlist again after his time home, but he does not want to join as a private again. He feels he is somewhat above "many of these Cornbread Officers." Envelope addressed to Mrs. Geo. Dashiell, Care W.B. Miller & Co., Memphis, Tenn. Kindnefs [sic.] of Mr. W.S. Nicholson."

ALS. February 8, 1862. E. Spruille Binford to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Richmond, Va. 2pp. Re: Has formerly been in the service, but is in Richmond in order to recover his health. This winter he will remain in Richmond and work in the Confederate States Treasury Department. Mentions his regret concerning the Confederate defeats at Somersett and at Fort Henry, but he is cheered by the Confederate victory at Leasburg. Mentions their mutual friend Carlo Patti who is also in Richmond and "captivating the ladies as usual." Letter sent via Carlo Patti. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn. Kindnefs [sic.] of Carlo Patti."

ALS. February 18, 1862. A.J. Edmondson to "My Dear Child" [Isabella Edmondson]. 1p. Re: Has heard that she has been ill and sent for Dr. Sale. He wants her to return home and will send the Rockaway for her.

ALS. February 26, 1862. Emily E. Perkins to "My Dear Belle" [Isabella Edmondson]. Bolivar, Tenn. 2pp. Re: Advises Belle about the dangers of betraying her feelings for Carlo Patti. She has given her promise to Jimmie [Edmondson] who" knows best." She should be careful in all her dealings with Patti for she is already associated somewhat with him. Stamped envelope addressed "To Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of W. B. Miller & Co., Memphis, Tennefsee [sic]."

AN. March 28, 1862. [Colonel Garand] to "the Ladies at the Hospital [Overton Hospital]." Memphis, [Tn.] 1p. Re: Thanking the ladies who aided the sick soldiers of the 13th. Note accompanied a package of "bons bons." Envelope addressed "To the Ladies in Nos. 41, 42, & 43, Overton Hospital."

ADS. May-December 1862. Statement of E.D. Bray's account with Dr. L.F. Logan. 1p.

ALS. July 8, 1862. Carlo Patti to "Dear Brother" [Henry Farmer]. Headquarters, Signal Corps, Tupelo, Mifs. [sic.]. 2pp. Re: Request to write. Has spoken with Captain Cummins about having Farmer detailed to the signal corps in Tupelo with Patti. Still loves "Mifs. [sic]. Laura" who has been "taken from me by that scoundrel of Union Son of a dog." There is a penciled note on the second page states that Patti is "already a married man." Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mr. Henry Farmer, Jackson Cavalry." Note: Fragile.

PD. October 15, 1862. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from J.H. Lowenstine & Bros. 1p. Note: Damaged by mold.

PD. October 15, 1862. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from J.H. Lowenstine & Bros. 1p. Note: Damaged by mold.

ALS. October 22, 1862. Tho. [Thomas] H. Price to "Mifs. Belle Edmondson." Holly Springs, [Mississippi]. 1p. Re: Sending his and the entire Army of the West's sincere thanks for Belle's deeds and kindnesses. Envelope addressed to "Mifs. [sic]. Belle Edmondson."

ALS. November 5, 1862. Maj. General Sterling Price to "Ladies" [Isabella Edmondson and Hallie "Hal" Rodgers]. Headquarters, Army of the West. 1p. Re: Sending his and his army's "sincere thanks" for the flag they made. He states that the flag "shall not be furled until this struggle shall have ended in our complete succesfs [sic.]." Envelope addressed, "Official Businefs [sic.], Mifs. [sic.] Edmondson, [Hal Rodgers?]." Also includes original sketch of the flag. 1p.

ALS. November 10, 1862. Mceran McRebel [A.J.Edmondson] to "My Dear Children" [Isabella Edmondson and Hal Rodgers]. Camp. 2pp. Re: Wants to know of their movement from Oxford.

ALS. November 11, 1862. Mceran McRebel [A.J. Edmondson] to "My Dear Child" [Isabella Edmondson]. [illegible writing] Office. 2pp. Re: Mentions that Clark Kennerly is in Oxford and Belle had bought the cloth for him. Mentions the lack of Federals in Holly Springs. Mentions Hal Rodgers and Fannie [?]. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark addressed to "Mifs. [sic.] Bell Edmondson, care Capt. [Freleigh], Grenada, Miss."

ALS. November 12, 1862. Mrs. Clay Taylor to "Mifs. [sic.] Edmondson" [Isabella Edmondson]. [Warren County, Mo.] 3pp. Re: Thanks Belle for the information about her husband. The letter Belle sent gave Mrs. Taylor much relief as she had heard her husband was not in good health. Would like to join her husband. Asks how Belle "got through" [the lines]. She writes from Warren County, Mo. She mentions that her husband said that the war will "last for years." Thanks Belle for all her kindnesses to the Missouri troops. Asks for more information and another letter from Belle.

ALS. November 21, 1862. J. G. Barbour to "Mifs. [sic.] Bell Edmondson." Headquarters, 3 [illegible word] Brigade, Waterford. 2pp. Re: Writes from Waterford that [Ferd] Rodgers went into Memphis under a flag of truce. This act caused quite a disturbance. Mentions that Hammond thinks Belle is prejudiced against him because he reported her. He denies the charge but Barbour notes "we know better." Asks Hal [Rodgers] to write him and direct her letters to a new address as he is changing his duty. Envelope addressed to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Oxford, Mifs. [sic.]. Politenefs [sic] of Col. McClean."

ALS. November 24, 1862. Thos. H. Price to "Mifs. [sic.] Bell Edmondson." Abbeville, Miss. 2pp. Re: Writes to replace the note she lost, but he cannot remember exactly what he wrote previously. Thanks her again for her kindnesses to the Army of the West. Envelope is very fragile and unreadable except for Belle's name and Oxford, Miss. address.


2.5 Documents-Certificates of Disability for Discharge, 1863

ADS. April 6, 1863. Medical Certificate for Private Thomas P. Everett, Co. I, 3rd Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A. Re: Due to wounded hand Private Everett has been recommended for hospital duty. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 11, 1863. Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Private Amadeo Templet, Company H, Fourth Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A. Re: Due to chronic ulcer on the leg and wounds received at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6, 1862) Private Templet has been recommended for discharge. 2pp. (verso).

Printed DS. April 21, 1863. Two copies of a Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Private William [F] Cheatham, Company D, 12 Louisiana Battalion of Artillery, C.S.A. Re: Due to a blow on the leg Private Cheatham retained only partial use. As a result the surgeon recommended his discharge. Each document is 2pp. (verso).

Printed DS. April 23, 1863. Two copies of a Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Private Joel Shelton, Company D., 9th Louisiana Battalion of Infantry, C.S.A. Re: Due to chronic diarrhea and general disability Joel Shelton was recommended for discharge. Each document is 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 24, 1863. Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Lieutenant [J. L.] Hays [or Hayse], Company G, 49th Alabama Regiment, C.S.A. Re: Due to the wounds received at the Battle of Baton Rouge Lieutenant Hays [Hayse] lost a leg. The surgeon recommended his discharge from service. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 26, 1863. Two copies of a Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Ezekiel Taylor [no rank listed], Company A, First Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A. Re: Due to consumption-like sickness Ezekiel Taylor was recommended for discharge. Each document is 2pp. (verso).

Printed DS. May 12, 1863. Two copies of a Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Private William H. Bayles, Company K, 31st Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A. Re: Due to paralysis of four months standing the surgeon recommended Private Bayles for discharge. Each document is 2pp. (verso).

Printed DS. May 12, 1863. Two copies of a Medical Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Private John K. Schooler, Company D, 35th Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A. Re: Recommended for discharge due to partial paralysis of three months standing. Each document is 2pp. (verso).


2.6 Documents-Medical Furlough Certificates, 1863

ADS. April [day not provided], 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private James Hudson, 9th Louisiana Batt. Cavalry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 14, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private M.I. Hamilton, Company D, 30th Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 14, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Sergeant B.F. Hathcock, Company C., 41st Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 15, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private Peter O'Hare, Company F, 23rd Arkansas Regiment Infantry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 16, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Captain J.T. Johnson, 1st Tennessee Batt. of Heavy Artillery, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 17th, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Captain P.G. Milam, Company F, 55th Tennessee Regiment Infantry, C.S.A. 4pp. (verso).

ADS. April 20, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for 1st Lieutenant William Bennett, Company G, 1st Arkansas Batt., Arkansas Volunteers, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 22, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private Thomas J. Bunch, Company G, 3rd Tennessee Regiment Volunteers, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 22, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private John Price, Company B, 9th Louisiana Batt. Infantry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 22, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private L.T. Watson, Company B, 9th Louisiana Batt. Infantry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 22, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private William Gilbreth, Company B, 48th Tennessee Regiment P.A.C.S., C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 22, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private Clark Meek, Company D, 1st Tennessee Batt. Volunteers Infantry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 23, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for 2nd Lieutenant J.H. Berry, Company E, 16th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso). Note: Lieutenant Berry asked for a leave of absence (due to the loss of his right leg), before being reassigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department in the Subsistence Department.

ADS. April 23, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Captain W.H. Davidson, Co. A, 49th Alabama, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 24, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private W.M. Parker, Company d, 49th Alabama Regiment Volunteers, C.S.A. 3pp. (verso).

ADS. April 25, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for L.M. Hammond [rank not supplied], Boone Battery, Miles Legion, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 25, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private J.E. Brown, Company H, Lyles Consol Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso). Note: Medical furlough not approved. Private Brown sent to General Hospital, Lauderdale Springs.

ADS. April 26, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private James Puck, Company G, 3rd Tennessee Regiment, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 28, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Private W. Carmena, Company B, 9th Batt., Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 28, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Lieutenant George C. Lemmon, Company F, 4th Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).

ADS. April 29, 1863. Medical Furlough Certificate for Captain Benjamin F. Matthews, Company K, 3rd Tennessee Regiment, C.S.A. 2pp. (verso).


2.7 1863: Documents-General Official Business

ADS. [1863]. Examination declaration and pass for trunk. Signed by Col. and District Pro. M. [Provost Manager?] I.H. Howe and Lieutenant and Ex Offic. William A. [Tanner?]. 1p.

ADS. [1863]. Certificate to pass four ladies through lines. Signed by [J.C. Niatch?]. 1p.

ADS. [1863]. Pass for Miss Kirk [Shallie], Miss Blennerhasset [Theresa], and Miss Edmondson [Belle?] through lines. Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, Disct. of Memphis. Signed by Colonel Thos. Stephens, 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. 1p.

ADS. [1863]. Official pass and declaration of examination. Signed by Colonel and District Pro. M. I. H. Howe and Lieutenant and Ex. Off. William A. [Tanner?]. 1p.

ADS. [1862-1863]. Descriptive list and account of pay for E.A. Edmondson. 2pp. (verso).

PDS. 1863. Official Permit for Miss Edmondson to pass through the lines with six daily Northern papers. Memphis, Tennessee. 16th Army Corps. Signed by Captain and Aide de Camp, M.K. Cook on behalf of Major-General S.A. Hurlbut. 1p.

PDS. 1863. Official pass through the lines for Miss Belle Edmondson and Bill of Goods. Head-Quarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tn. Signed by M.K. Cook, Captain and Aide de Camp on behalf of Major-General S.A. Hurlbut. 1p. Attached. AD. [1863]. List of goods. 1p.

ADS. February 28, 1863. Receipt for eight overshirts donated to Henderson's Independent Scouts by Miss Bell [sic.] Edmondson through Maj. H.W. Tracy. 1p. Envelope. Granada [sic.], Miss. Signed by Commander Sam Henderson.

ADS. March 12, 1863. Official pass through lines for Miss Edmondson and Mrs. Bredell from Granada [sic.], Miss to Panola. Granada [sic.]. Illegible signatures. 1p. Envelope.

ADS. March 30, 1863. Official pass for Hal Walker and Mr. [Doyle?] through the Clifton Line to Memphis, Tennessee. Headquarters Cavalry Corps, Spring Hill, Tennessee. Signed by order of General Earl Van Dorn, illegible signature. 1p.

ALS. May 1, 1863. Request addressed to Major General Hulburt [sic.] to return goods taken from Belle and to allow her to take them through the lines. Written on Head Quarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee letterhead. Signed by Major Nase, 15th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. 2pp.

PDS. June 11, 1863. Official three day pass for Miss Bell [sic.] Edmondson through the lines of the command. Head Quarters, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee. Signed by order of Major-General S.A. Hurlburt by M.K. Cook, Captain and Aide de Camp. 1p.

ADS. June 13, 1863. Examination notice of baggage containing only what was listed in the permit (no longer attached). Provost Marshals Office, Memphis, [Tennessee]. Signed by Lieutenant and Examining Officer, William A. [Tanner?]. Note: Paper terribly damaged.

ADS. June 20, 1863. O.F. Prescott certification of the sale of a horse to Miss Edmondson. Addressed to Col. Nye, A.Q.M. 1p.

DS. June 20, 1863. Receipt for the return of "a large brown horse about 7 years old" to Miss Edmondson. Signed by James H. Howe. On Provost Marshal's Office, Dist. Of Memphis, 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tenn. Letterhead.

PDS. June 26, 1863. Confederate pass to visit Hernando, Mississippi issued to J.B. Ferguson. Note: Ferguson signed and dated the Confederate pledge printed on the back.

DS. July 6, 1863. Confederate pass issued to Mr. J.B. Ferguson. Illegible signature. Panola, [Mississippi], Headquarters 5th Mil. Dist.

DS. July 13, 1863. Bet that the Confederates are "whipped within 60 days," between Miss Edmondson and unknown party, presumably a Northern soldier. Note: written on the back of a blank 16th Army Corps pass.

DS. July 16, 1863. E.A. Edmondson's (11th Tennessee Cavalry) request for a sixty day furlough addressed to Captain Kinloch Falconer. Adjutant General's Office, Army of Tennessee, Chattanooga. 2pp. (verso).

PDS. August 8, 1863. Permission certificate to take out family supplies issued to Miss Belle Edmonston [sic.] of Shelby County. Memphis, Tennessee, Office Board of Trade letterhead. Signed by S.A. Carleton, Board of Trade. 1p. Attached: AD. August 1863. List of family supplies to go through lines. 1p.

AD. August 12, 1863. List of supplies purchased by Miss B. Edmondson "bought of sundry merchants." Memphis, Tennessee. 1p. Note: The back of the list reads, "Provost Marshals Office, Memphis August 12, 1863. Approved to go through the lines [Wager?] Swayne, Col. of Provost Marshal."

ADS. August 26, 1863. Miss B. [Belle] Edmondson list of sundry goods to take through the lines. Memphis, Tn. Illegible signature of approval. 1p.

PDS. [September 8], 1863. Permission certificate to take out family supplies issued to Miss Bell [sic.] Edmonson [sic.]. Memphis, Tennessee, Office of Board of Trade letterhead. Signed by [S.A.?] Carleton, Board of Trade. 1p. Stamped with Carleton's seal. Attached: PD. September 8, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased on Belle Edmondson's account from F. Katzenbach. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p. Stamped with the Board of Trade (Carleton's) seal.

ADS. September 30, 1863. Receipt for payment of $810 to Major B.S. Crump. Oxford, Miss. QM (Quartermaster?) Department. Illegible signatures. 1p.

Printed DS. October 10, 1863. Pass issued for Mrs. Titus through the lines with buggy for ten days. Memphis, Tenn. Pass Department, Provost Marshal's Office, District of Memphis. Signed by A.J. [Earlon].

DS. November 6, 1863. Pass issued for Mr. Farmer and Jo Clayton to remain in Canton [Ms.] until November 7th. Headquarters, Jackson. Signed by command of Brig. Genl. [Cosby] and further illegible signatures.

DS. November 25, 1863. Certification that Mrs. Bettie G. Pratte is a "true and loyal citizen of the Confederate States of America." Hancock County, Georgia. Signed by the Clerk of the Superior Court [L.H. Andas?]. 1p.

Printed DS. December 7, 1863. Official pass number 955 issued for Mrs. Dashiell, Misses Edmondson and Perkins to go to Panola through Brandon, Miss. Mobile, Alabama. On Military Post of Mobile, Provost Marshal's Office letterhead. Signed by order of J.C. [Denis], Major and A.A.G. Commanding Post & Provost Marshal per C.W. [Gazzain], Jr. 1p.

Printed DS. December 7, 1863. Official pass number 9212 issued for Mrs. Pratte to travel to Meridian, Miss. Mobile, Alabama. On Military Post of Mobile, Provost Marshal's Office letterhead. Signed by order of J.C. [Denis], Major and A.A.G. Commanding Post & Provost Marshal per C.W. [Gazzain], Jr. 1p.

DS. December 11, 1863. Pass for Mrs. Pratte through the C.S. lines. Grenada, [Ms.]. Signed by command of Maj. Genl. S.D. Lee, [G.W. Holt], Maj. And A.A.G. 1p.

DS. December 18, 1863. Series of documents requesting the recipient to allow Belle Edmondson to draw funds under the account of J.[F.] Simmons of Sardis, [Ms.] for the purchase of supplies. 1p.

2.8 Correspondence and Documents, Undated-February, 1863

ALS. n.d. [1863]. Tho. [Captain Thomas] Henderson to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle." 2pp. Re: Sends "The Appeal" newspaper as he is not able to obtain any others. Fairly good description of Confederate army's positions. Lee and Bragg are sitting "in status quo." Johnston's Army is in a good position to reinforce other sections easily. Talks about Fort Sumter being "knocked in the rear but not abandoned by us yet." Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

AL. n.d. [1863]. Unsigned [Eliza Tracy] to "Dear Mifs. [sic.] Belle." [St. Louis, Mo.]. 4pp. Re: Cannot sign her name for fear that the Union newspaper would print her letter as they have with other Confederate letters. Thanks Belle for her kindness to ... Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

AL. n.d. [1863]. Unsigned [Mrs. Moore] to "My Dear Cousin Belle." [St. Louis, Mo.]. 3pp. Re: Writing to inform Belle of her [Mrs. Moore's] husband's health. Mentions that there is a rumor that her husband signed "the oath" [assume to be the oath of loyalty to the Union] but that is not the case. She is looking for news of someone very dear to her and wishes that she could talk with Belle in person. Envelope addressed to "Miss Bell Edmondson."

ALS. n.d. [1863]. Rebecca Farleigh to "My Dear Belle." 1p. Re: Sends letter of introduction for a Mr. Triplett. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmonson [sic.], Shelby County, Tenn. [Care of] Mr. John [illegible word] Triplett."

Telegram. 1863. Dick Holland to Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson. 1p. Re: Sister Tate leaving today. Gives instructions for their meeting place and sends her love to Sallie. On "The Southern Telegraph Companies" letterhead. Note: Discolored and damaged.

ALS. January 20, 1863. J. G. Barbour to Mifs. [sic.] Belle. Camp Sorell near Grenada, [Mississippi]. 3pp. Re: Thanks Belle and Hal [Rodgers] for their friendship. Mentions that the news from Murfreesboro as being both sad and pleasant combined. Observes that the Yankees cannot make much headway due to the waters of the rivers overflowing. Also mentions that they [the Yankees] may try to take Vicksburg but they [the Confederates] "will give them a warm reception." Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmonson [sic.]., Memphis. Kindnefs [sic.] Mifs [sic.] Hal."

ALS. January 24, 1863. H. Patton to "Mifs. [sic.] Edmondson." Headquarters, Blythes Cavalry. 1p. Re: His party from Memphis was not able to make it to Belle's home to stay due to the breaking of their buggy. They also missed the road to Belle's home. Patton mentions that they left Memphis before the Pickets were out. Col. Blythe expects a small skirmish, but Patton is glad to be back "in Dixie." Begs to be remembered to all his "fair friends in Memphis." Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Kindnefs [sic.] [illegible name]."

ALS. January 28, 1863. "M" [Dr. G.A. Moses] to "My Dear Friend" [Isabella Edmondson]. Grenada, [Mississippi]. 2 ½ pp. Re: Mentions how much Belle is loved due to her "good deeds." Observes that the roads are impassible. Being replaced with fresh troops as the veterans, "ordered off to strengthen Vicksburg." Envelope address to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn. Attention Col. Edmondson."

ALS. February 9, 1863. J.G. Barbour to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle." Mobile, Ala. 1p. Re: Mentions his delight in seeing some of the Memphis ladies in Mobile, but he regrets they are not all there. He will be traveling up to "Yankeeland" soon with General Van Dorn. Would like to hear from Belle. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Shelby Co., Tenn. Forward by John [illegible last name], Esq."

ALS. February 10, 1863. "M" [Dr. G.A. Moses] to "My Dear Child" [Isabella Edmondson]. Jackson, Mifs. [sic.]. 2pp. Re: Has been looking for Belle to come to town for the last two weeks. He states that the Yankees "cannot take Vicksburg" as their army is decreasing due to desertion and the Confederates army is so strong. Hears of her good deeds and kindnesses from all quarters. Mentions that a white [flag?] was hoisted when President Davis reviewed the troops. Explains that he has sent at least two letters to Belle but they must have gone astray. Mentions that he is traveling to Vicksburg but he will return to Jackson soon. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson."

ALS. February 17, 1863. G. Crow to "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmunson [sic.]." Grenada, Mifs. [sic.]. 1p. Re: Asks Belle to send the enclosed letter to his wife who he has not heard from for the last eighteen months. Note: Back of letter used as envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Emundon [sic.]."

ALS. February 19, 1863. [B.]. A. Pratte to Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Office Depot Commissary, Grenada, Miss. 1p. Re: Alerts Belle to the presence of a bag containing shirts and undershirts brought by a Mr. Montgomery for Belle. They request to know how to dispose of the material. Stamped envelope with February 20th, Grenada, Miss. postmark. Addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmundson, Care of Lt. Col. Clay Taylor, Jackson, Miss."

ALS. February 20, 1863. E.A. Edmondson to "Dear Sister" [Isabella Edmondson]. Tullahoma, Tennefsee [sic.]. 2pp. Re: Thanking Belle for her most recent letter. Is never sure where to send his letters. He is sending this letter by George Dashiell who has a furlough. Eddie mentions that he is also seeking a furlough in March if there is not much danger in returning home. Mentions that Jimmie has "succeeded in getting the 'Bluffs' transferred to Forrest's Cavalry." Mentions the Buckley's visit. Mentions that Jimmie has told him that Forrest, "goes in some mighty dangerous places for a General to go but we all know that." Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Shelby County, Tenn. Kindnefs [sic.] of Capt. Geo. Dashiell."

ALS. February 22, 1863. Henry Jenkins to Miss. B. Edmondson. Maj. Price's Quarters. 1p. Re: Asks that Belle forward the enclosed letter and photograph to Miss. Annie Perdue in Memphis. He then requests that Miss Perdue then hand deliver them to the intended recipient. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs. [sic.] Belle Edmondson, near Memphis, Tenn."


2.9 Correspondence and Documents, March-May, 1863

ALS. March 1, 1863. Tate Dashiell to "Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Elm Ridge. Re: Miss Em [Emily Ester Dashiell Perkins] has gone to Illinois. Nannie [Perkins] is with the Dashiell family but she does not say much as her mother made her promise not to say anything if she could not speak for the Union. Mentions the desertion of the Yankee troops. Mentions a friendship with a young former Yankee soldier who resigned and joined the Confederate army. 4pp. Envelope addressed to "Miss Belle B. Edmondson, Brandon, Miss.. Care of Rev. C.K. Marshall."

AD. March 5-October 18, 1863. Statement of the account of E.D. Bray with Dr. L.F. Logan. 1p.

ALS. March 14, 1963. [Dr. Grantz Moses] to [his mother]. [St. Louis, Mo.]. Re: Asking his mother to purchase a "handsome, heavy plain gold ring" with the inscription "G to B. March 12 '63'- 'Hope.'" Provides directions for sending the ring. Asks about family. 1p. Stamped envelope with Baltimore postmark addressed to, "Mifs Bell Edmondson, Care of Orgill & Co., Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. March 16, 1863. H.W. Tracy [Major] to "Mifs [sic] Belle" [Edmondson]. Re: Sends her the photograph of "one of the greatest men and certainly the best of our Southern Generals" [the identity of this General is noted as General Sterling Price in the Galbraith inventory]. The letter continues to say that he hopes that Belle will someday be "the possessor of such a man." 2 ½ pages. Envelope addressed to, " Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Memphis."

ALS. March 19, 1863. Georgie Hodges to "My very dear friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Grenada, [Mississippi]. Re: Mentions missing Belle terribly down in "Dixie." Received her most recent letter and forwarded the enclosed letter [presumably to Dr. Moses]. Describes her life and that of her husband, a Doctor. She has named her horse Belle E. Repeats her earlier promise to be friends with Belle and Dr. Moses. Mrs. Hodges has defended Dr. Moses in the past from "idle censure" and will continue to do so. Sends a list of materials needed from Memphis. 4pp. Envelope addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis. [Adjutant] Edmondson will forward.

ALS. March 23, 1863. H.W. Tracy to "Miss Belle" [Edmondson]. Grenada, Miss. Re: Received Belle's letter of the 17th from Sarah Leath the "American Citizen of African descent." Refers to Belle's apology for troubling Major Lacy for a favor for Sarah Leath. Has obtained an order to cross the river. Mentions hearing that Belle's heart has been "claimed as another's" and that individual is one of Major Tracy's best friends. Belle's aid to the Missouri troops. Asks Belle to write to his sister, Eliza R. Tracy. Mentions Confederates sinking a gunboat at Vicksburg and clipping another. The Yankees have been driven back on the 22nd. 6pp. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmonson [sic], near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. March 26, 1863. "The Doctor" [Dr. Hodgen] to "Mifs [sic] Belle" [Edmondson]. Re: Writing on the behalf of his wife. Received a box form her this evening with a letter to be forwarded to Dr. Moses. He has also enclosed a letter to her from Dr. Moses in this letter. Georgie [Hodgen] is glad Belle did not go to Missouri and thinks she should return to "Dixie." Has heard that Belle and G.A.M. [Dr. Moses] are engaged. Fighting at Greenwood with no decided result. Two gunboats tried to pass Vicksburg a few days ago. One of the boats sunk and the other was damaged in the fighting. 3pp. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic]. Bell Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn. Attention Mr. Eldridge."

ADS. March 28, 1863. Receipt for item purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. 1p.

PDS. April 1, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] B. Edmondson from J.H. Lowenstine & Bros. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

PDS. April 2, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Martha Kirk from Mack, Brothers & Co. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p. Note: note on side of document reads, "subject to approval."

PDS. April 2, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from Mack, Brothers & Co. Memphis, Tennessee 1p. Note: note on side of document reads, "subject to approval." Several items have been crossed through.

PDS. April 2, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from Mack, Brothers & Co. Memphis, Tennessee 1p. Note: Two items have been crossed through.

PDS. April 4, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from Mack, Brothers & Co. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p. Note: Seal of R. Hough, Surveyor of Customs, Memphis, Tennessee with the date of April 11th appears several times on page.

ALS. April 7, 1863. V.I. [D.] to Mifs [sic] Edmondson. Re: Cover letter sent with a letter asking Belle to forward it. 1p. Stamped envelope with Princeton, N.J. postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic] Bell Edmondson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. April 11, 1863. G. Meagle to Mifs [sic] Edmondson. Philadelphia, PA. Re: Asking Belle to forward a letter to his sister. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic] Edmondson, Care of Mifs [sic.] Orgill, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. April 13, 1863. I.G. Barr to Mifs [sic.] Belle. Columbia, Tenn. Re: Regrets that she was recently so near to his camp and yet did not send word. He had also been informed that she had a package for him. Mentions that the "Memphis boys" all serve together. Mentions that [Eb?] says the Edmondson home is a "Salem for Secesh soldiers and also a refuge for Southern Ladies." Asks her about Miss Hal [Rodgers] and wonders if she is engaged. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmounson [sic], Present. Care of Maj Tracy."

ALS. April 16, 1863. Theresa Blennerhasset to "Well old Belle" [Edmondson]. Grenada, Miss. Re: Describing trip to Grenada. Finds that the ladies are "all that you had described them to me 'only more so.' Their kindness to me is second only to your own." Mrs. Hodges thanks Belle for the things she [Belle] sent via Theresa. Has heard a rumor that northern troops have been out to Elm Ridge [the Edmondson home], but she hopes this is not true. 3pp. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson."

ALS. April 19, 1863. Georgie Hodgen to "My Dear Friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Grenada, Ms. Re: Letter thanking Belle for her kindness in the materials she sent to the Hodgen family from Memphis. Mrs. Hodgen remarks on the pretty dresses Belle included. Mentions Miss Blennerhasset staying with the Hodgens and that she likes her very much. Mentions that the Federal Troops have been trying to pass Vicksburg. Mentions that she enclosed a letter from "our friend" [Dr. Moses?]. Asks Belle for Yankee stamps. 2pp. Envelope addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson."

ALS. May 5, 1863. H.W. Tracy to Mifs [sic] Belle. Grenada, Mifs. [sic]. Re: Thanks Belle for the papers and the letter forwarded to Major Tracy. Mentions that his sister received a letter from Belle. Belle mentioned that should his sister wish to send a letter she would see it through. He thanks Belle for her many kindnesses, especially to the Missouri troops. He thanks her for sending newspapers and letters. He states that if Belle could send the surgical case to Dr. Nidelet he [Tracy] would see that he gets it. Details fighting in Virginia and mentions the terrible fight at Grand Gulf, Ms. Mentions the death of Miss Blennerhasset's brother. Asks Belle how far the Yankees come out as he would like to travel but does not want to "die in one of their prisons or dens.
2pp. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn. By a friend."

ALS. May 9, 1863. Fannie Avery to "Dear Mifs [sic] Belle" [Edmondson]. Re: Memphis woman asks if Belle knows the whereabouts of her son, Walter. 2pp. Envelope addressed to , "Mifs [sic] Belle Edmondson, Politenefs [sic] of Mrs. Tate."

ALS. May 10, 1863. Emma Ridgdon to Miss Edmondson. Mound City, Mo. Re: Missouri woman asks Belle's aid to get a letter to her husband who is with General Price. 1p. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. May 10, 1863. H.W.T. [Major Tracy] to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Grenada, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Enclosing a letter for Mifs [sic.] Blennerhassett [sic.] and asks Belle to have it mailed in Memphis. It is to a friend associated with a Union man in business and therefore would not be opened. Requests that if he could ever do anything to reciprocate Belle's kindnesses to please not hesitate to ask. Makes a reference to her heart belonging to another (Dr. Moses). Assures her that he feels a "brotherly feeling" for her. Mentions the visit of Miss Hal Rodgers who greatly resembles Belle. Returns Southern papers, "which will [?] you as to how we are getting along and that we are not starving as the Yankees think." 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Near Memphis, Tenn. Favour Capt. Henderson."

ALS. May 11, 1863. Thos. [Thomas] H. Price to Miffs. [sic.] Bell [sic.]. Panola, Miss. Re: Asks Belle to please write to him at Jackson as soon as possible about his wife. He wants to know how she is getting along, when she left for home, etc. He is very anxious to receive some news about her. Mentions that he will write to Belle soon but feels too badly to write any further at the moment. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic] Bell [sic.] Edmondson. Favor of Miss King."

ALS. May 23, 1863. Theresa Blennerhassett to "My Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Grenada, Miss. Re: Had thought she would be with Shallie Kirk long before this date, but she had been delayed by news she received in letters. Hopes to see Belle soon. 2pp. Back of letter used as envelope which is addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Shelby Co., Tenn. Kindness of Mr. Walton."

ALS. May 24, 1863. H.W. Tracy to "Mifs [sic.] Belle" [Edmondson]. Grenada, Mifs. [sic.]. Re: Sending this letter via a gentleman who is traveling to Memphis in order to get his family out. There has been terrible fighting at the Big Black River and the Confederates were pushed back to Vicksburg. Mentions that reports say that 15,000 Yankees were killed. Yazoo City and Snyders Bluffs have been evacuated and a large battle is in the offing. Mentions that the Missouri troops suffered terrible losses. He is hoping to travel up to see Belle soon with "Mifs [sic.] B" [perhaps Theresa Blennerhasset]. Sends Belle $100 of Confederate money and asks that she exchange it for "greenbacks" if it would not put her in danger. 2pp. Envelope.

ALS. [May] 27, 1863. George Atchison to "Mifs [sic.] Belle" [Edmondson]. Grenada, Miss. Re: Asks Belle to send the enclosed letter to his mother. 1p. Envelope. Note: George Atchison was the stepbrother of Dr. Moses [A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy, note 21, page 18].

ALS. May 28, 1863. George Atchison to "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.] Edmondson. [Grenada, Miss.]. Re: Traveled from Grenada to Canton in order to locate his brother [Dr. Moses]. Dr. Moses sent him back to Grenada until the fighting in Jackson ended. George mentions his infatuation with Shallie Kirk. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Shelby Co., Tenn. Compliments of H.W. Tracy."


2.10 Correspondence and Documents, June-August, 1863

ALS. June 5, 1863. Theresa Blennerhasset to "My Dear Belle." Grenada, Miss. Re: Asking Belle to contact a mutual acquaintance in St. Louis to ask if travel is safe. Asks about other mutual friends. Has heard that Belle and her family have had problems with the Yankees. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. [June] 6, 1863. George Atchison to "Miss Belle" [Edmondson]. [Grenada, Miss.]. Re: Asking Belle to send a letter to his mother from Memphis alerting her that his father has arrived safely. Notes that his father is in Canton with his [George's] brother. Mentions his terrible bout with the fever and asks after several mutual friends. 2pp. Stamped envelope with Savannah postmark addressed to, "Miss Bell [sic.] Edmondson. Care of Gen. Maury, Mobile, Alabama."

ADS. June 12, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] B. Edmondson from [H.?] Kremer. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ALS. June 15, 1863. Mrs. Melinda Williams to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Edmondson." Terre Haute, Indiana. Re: Has heard of Belle through a Federal officer and asks her assistance. Mrs. Williams asks that Belle send the enclosed letter to her sister. Also asks if Belle knows if John Overton is in Memphis. 1p. Stamped envelope with Terre Haute, Ind. postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.] Edmondson. Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. June 16, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Panola, [Mississippi]. Re: Thanking Belle for her letter of the 13th. Mentions that he is not able to provide any definite news regarding Vicksburg. Brother Sam, who is within the vicinity, has reported to Henderson that "all well and all right." Mentions a rumor that Kirby Smith has captured a wagon train near New Carthage. Mentions that the enemy were repulsed last Friday with a heavy loss. Johnston is still getting reinforcements. Ends by asking Belle to stamp and mail the enclosed letters. 2pp. Envelope.

ALS. June 16, 1863. [Major] Claudius McGivern to "Miss Edmondson." Alabama. Re: Asks Belle if she has been able to procure the items he needed from the $50 U.S. funds given to her at Major Hunt's last winter. Provides an address where she could send materials if she has not been able to procure them yet. Mentions spending an evening with her sister in Montgomery a few weeks ago. Describes the losses incurred by mutual acquaintances during the burning of Jackson. 2pp. Stamped envelope with Memphis postmark addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. June 18, 1863. P.M.[L.?] [Mr. Lavery?] to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Canton, Ms. Re: Has seen a notice in the Memphis Bulletin that a letter for P. Lavery is in Memphis. Mr. Lavery writes to Belle to ask her to retrieve the letter and send it to him. The letter is from his wife who he has not seen for two years. 2pp. Stamped envelope with Canton postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Capt. Henderson, Panola, Mifs [sic.]." Note: Much of the address has been crossed through.

ALS. June 19, 1863. Shall. [Shallie Kirk] to "My Darling Bell [sic.]" [Edmondson]. Canton, Ms. Re: Describes her trip down from Memphis. She writes from Canton where she has visited with Dr. Moses repeatedly. She has promised to "be a sister to him." Captain Henderson sent a description down the country of someone Belle suspected of being a spy. Mentions that Dr. Moses introduced her General Johnston. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. June 25, 1863. Louise [Taylor] to "Dear Belle." Pendleton, [Mo.]. Re: Has just reached her home in Warren County and it is very dreary without her husband. She had to report to General Schofield after her return to Pendleton. Details how Belle is to write to her by directing outside envelope to H. Bernard & Co. and inside to her. Asks about Belle's family and asks if "Miss Johanna is still an exile." Terribly anxious about Vicksburg. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson."

ALS. June 29, 1863. Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Panola, Ms. Re: Writes to let her know that they have captured Belle's spy. He wants her to get someone to make an affidavit. He fears if Belle makes the affidavit then the enemy would retaliate by burning her family home and put her in prison. Also provides detailed military information on battles at Panola, Vicksburg and Batesville. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care Capt. Henderson."

ALS. July 1, 1863. Miles Owen, Jr. to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Grenada, Ms. Re: Asks Belle to try and mail the enclosed letter to Mr. Owen's father. Miles Owen mentions that he is going to leave for Shelbyville to join up with the "Bluff's" [Bluff City Greys]. Has heard nothing from Vicksburg, but everyone expects the fighting to break out soon. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson."

ALS. [July] 2, 1863. George Atchison to "Mifs [sic.] Belle" [Edmondson]. Canton, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Asks Belle to send his clothes and valise to Panola where Captain Henderson will send them on to him. Mentions that "Brother [Dr. Moses] started off yesterday with General Johnston." Envelope with Canton July 3rd postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Panola, Care of Capt. Henderson. Please forward immediately. I will be very thankful." 2pp.

ALS. July 5, 1863. H.W. Tracy to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Grenada, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Received her kind note with the enclosed $25.00. Hopes to visit Belle soon. Mentions the plight of Theresa Blennerhasset. She has left for Mobile, but wishes to return to her family in St. Louis. Tracy would advise her to go were it not for his fear that her family might suffer the consequences. Sends Belle letters for his family and asks her to help forward them. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of Col. Barr, Provost [illegible], Oxford, Ms." 2pp.

ALS. July 5, 1863. Louise [Taylor] to "Dear Belle." [St. Louis?]. Re: Letter from Colonel Taylor's wife asking for news. Asks about mutual friends and inquires about Belle's plans. Asks if Belle has had any news from the Dr.? [Dr. Moses]. Wonders if Annie Perdue has gone to Dixie. Provides information on how to direct letters to her [Mrs. Taylor]. Asks Belle's thoughts about the Pennsylvania Invasion. Ends by stating, "I wish we women could have our wishes and orders [illegible word] ruin and desolation should follow the track of our soldiers."3pp.

ALS. July 7, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Received Belle's package and papers and sends his thanks. Mentions that he is largely indebted to her in the way of postage. Asks her to send the papers about "that man," but she should not think about coming down there. Mentions the attack by General Holmes in Helena on July 4th. News that Lee whipped Meade at Gettysburg, and that the Confederates have taken New Orleans. Captain Henderson mentions the plight of Vicksburg several times in the letter and he ends with news he had just received about the fall of Vicksburg. He stated, "Alas, alas Vicksburg has surrendered, starved out." 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. July 8, 1863. C.H. Taylor to "Mifs [sic.] Edmonson [sic.]." Panola, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Needs Belle's assistance getting his wife out of Memphis. Mentions the fall of Vicksburg at the end of the letter. 1p. Back of letter used as envelope, addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmonson [sic.]."

ALS. July 13, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Panola. Re: Received Belle's letter and batch of papers. Mentions "that man" has been sent to Columbus in custody. He claims his name is McGibbons and he was a Major in the Federal army but now wants to join the Southern navy. They have not been able to receive any official word about Vicksburg's surrender. 2pp. Annotated envelope with message, "This letter enclosed to be mailed at Memphis or elsewhere within the Federal lines- whence the mails are sent."

ALS. July 17, 1863. S. M. Webb to "Mifs [sic.] Edmondson." Re: Wants Belle to get his eight year old niece out of Memphis and bring her to the Edmondson home. He would also like her to bring him back some peach brandy or whiskey.1p. Envelope address to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of Mrs. Judge Thompson, Hernando, Mifs."

ALS. July 17, 1863. HW Tracy to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Grenada, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Would like Belle to send a dispatch to the father of a dying Missouri soldier from Clarksville, Mo. Tracy leaves tomorrow for the west and asks Belle to write to his sister. Also mentions that if Belle receives any letters for Tracy she should direct them to Captain Henderson who will direct them to Arkansas. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. July 20, [1863]. Louise [Taylor] to "My Dear Belle." Re: She has received Belle's letter and is so glad to hear from her. She discusses the fall of Vicksburg and her emotions upon hearing that it fell, "it made me miserable." She thinks "it was badly managed." Mentions that all of General Price's property was seized. She inquires after Theresa Blennerhasset. Asks Belle to help her [Mrs. Taylor] locate her brother. Mentions remembering her happy time "in Dixie." Asks about Bragg's army and the affairs in Dixie. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Shelby Co., Tenn."

ALS. August 6, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Refers to the rumors abounding that President Davis was either dead or in ill health. Assures Belle that he just met a man who had lately been in Richmond who attested to the health of Jefferson Davis. Mentions that General Johnston is at Mobile where the next attack is supposed to occur. Lee has been moved back to his old position, and Bragg's forces are at Chattanooga. Asking if Grant has gone to Washington. Asks also about the location of Grierson. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Present."

ALS. August 9, 1863. Lucy A. Martin to "Dear Miss Edmondson." Jackson. Re: Discusses the burning of Jackson and her home. Mentions the burning of Mrs. Freeman's home also. Describes Jackson, "Our place does not look like it did when you were here, but there is much fortitude and cheerfulness shown by own people, although we have been deprived of nearly every thing." She asks Belle to send down materials, which she [Belle] had purchased for the ladies. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson...At Home."

ALS. August 10, 1863. Albert Eyrich to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Vicksburg, Miss. Re: Writes during his wait in Vicksburg for a permit to ship his goods to Natchez. He describes the state of Vicksburg after the fall and gives an eyewitness account of Vicksburg during the siege. Eyrich mentions the citizens living in the caves. He states that his landlady, "said Genl. Pemberton could have held out longer, had he felt so disposed- provisions were not so [illegible word], and that Mule meat was not a last resort but at first merely an experiment, as the troops wanted fresh meat." Mentions that he has heard that Pemberton and his troops are on their way to reinforce General Bragg at Chattanooga. 3pp.

ALS. August 18, 1863. C.M. Fackler to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Montgomery, Ala. Re: Asks Belle to forward the enclosed letter to his wife in Memphis. Is having a difficult time getting his letters to his wife. Mentions that he was recently in Selma and saw Belle's brother James H. Edmondson who was well and also saw another of Belle's brothers. Mentions that James has "secured the command of a privateer on the 'blue waters' and will doubtless make name and fame in his new field." Mentions that Ed Booker of Memphis had recently been present at the wedding of John Walker and Mifs [sic.] Annie Newell. "Ladies in the Confederacy can get married these days and not be troubled with long and embarrassing honeymoons." 3pp.

ALS. August 19, 1863. Albert Eyrich to "My Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Vicksburg, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Still in Vicksburg. Writes that he was offered a position at twice his old wages, but he finds Vicksburg very unhealthy. The citizens are destitute of most everything. The ladies go without shoes and only have one change of clothing. There has been a lot of destruction about the city with some citizens killed. Mentions the destruction caused to the Catholic Church in town by shells. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. August 23, 1863. Mrs. T.M. Blennerhasset to "Dear Miss Edmonston [sic.]." St. Louis. Re: Writes to ask Belle if she knows anything about the whereabouts of her daughter Theresa Blennerhasset. Mrs. Blennerhasset has not heard from her since May 7th and is worried. 2pp. Stamped envelope with St. Louis, Mo. Postmark addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmonston [sic.]. Memphis, Tennesee [sic.]."

ALS. August 25, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Writes from his old post in Panola. 700 Yankees from above met 800 from below at Grenada. Burned some of the railroad, two depots and some of the town. 2pp.

ALS. August 31, 1863. J.W. Sneed to "Miss Belle Edmondson." Canton, Miss. Re: Writes to ask Belle to obtains some Federal money for him through Mr. J.B. Robinson of Memphis. Mr. Sneed needs the money for his mother who lives in Federal lines. HE admires Belle and calls her the, "Florence Nightingale of this war." 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Present."


2.11 Correspondence and Documents, September-October, 1863

ALS. September 1, 1863. Emily Barr to "Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Re: Writes from Pontotoc to tell Belle how the Yankee troops destroyed everything in her home at Oxford. She mentions that she has heard through Jane that Belle has some goods for her. She details the loss of her family possessions and clothes and asks Belle to send material if she can. Mr. Barr is with Chalmers. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson [illegible words]."

ANS. September 1, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Writes of a rumor of fighting at Chattanooga but nothing certain. Mentions that the 2nd Division of Johnston's army are there. Mentions that there is no real news from the Virginia army. Asks Belle to send him some Shallenburgers Pills for his soldiers who have chills. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At home."

ALS. September 4, 1863. J. H. Thompson to Mifs [sic.] B.E. [Belle Edmondson]. Grenada. Re: Asks Belle to call on Mr. Harnwell the Clerk of Argus Job Office and ask him for letters sent to J.H. or Mrs. R.C. Thompson. He also requests that Belle also call on a Mrs. Hutton in order to pick up letters addressed to the same individuals. 1p.

ALS. September 5, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Writes that he received her package of materials and has forwarded some of her letters on. He hopes that the Dr. [Moses?] would have her letter soon. Mentions that he will be sorry to lose her services [due to marriage?]. Tells her to see Colonel Blythe about using cotton to buy salt. He has been denied the privilege of selling cotton for arms, munitions, and medicines in the past, but now he has been asked to obtain these materials with no questions asked. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At Home."

PDS. September 8, 1863. Receipt for goods purchased by Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson from F. Katzenbach. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ALS. September 9, 1863. L. [Louise] Taylor to "My Dear Belle." Re: Writes that she has received Belle's letter and feels gratitude for all of her help. She [Louise] "has the blues over our affairs in Dixie." Mentions that she has lost all confidence in Johnston and feels quite ready to fight Bragg for "giving up" East Tennessee. Writes that she has heard nothing of Dr. Moses' family but will be in St. Louis in three weeks and will inquire. Asks about the whereabouts of Major Price and also asks if Belle is still engaged. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Edmondson, Memphis, Tennefsee [sic.]."

ALS. September 10, 1863. Eliza [Tracy] to "My Dear Friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Re: Thanks Belle for her recent letter and the news it contained of "him" [H.W. Tracy?]. Eliza is staying in some "Yankee place" and asks Belle not to judge her harshly. She recently visited David's Island to see the Petersburg wounded. Wishes the war were over and speaks of good news coming out of Charleston. She fears that Missouri will soon suffer again due to fighting and wishes that the northern people knew what war was really like. She states that the riots in New York gave them a taste of war. 4pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Care of Orgill and Co. Memphis, Tennessee."

ANS. September 18, 1863. Capt. [H.N. Martin?] to Capt. [Henderson]. Clinton, Mississippi. Re: request for needed items. 1p. On bottom of note: ANS. [September 18, 1863]. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle" [Edmondson]. Re: request that Belle purchase list of needed items.

ANS. September 19, 1863. A.C. [Campbell] Edmondson to "Cousins Belle and Mrs. Anderson." Re: Cousin of Belle and Mary's has heard of their arrival in camp. He attempted to call but found they were out and was not able to walk the short distance in the evening. 1p.

ADS. September 21, 1863. "M" to "All Concerned." Re: Reprint of telegram from Jackson describing Bragg's victory over Rosecrans at Chattanooga. 1p.

ALS. September 22, 1863. Theresa Blennerhasset to "My Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. St. Louis, Mo. Re: Has finally reached St. Louis. She had to report to the authorities who were displeased that she traveled to "Dixie" without obtaining a pass. She may not deliver any of the messages that she brought from the South. She was asked to take the oath but declined. 4pp.

ADS. September 23, 1863. Telegram from Richardson to Captain Henderson. Senatobia, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Reports that the front is quiet and the boys burnt a dozen bales of cotton, which were on the road to Memphis. States that the "Memphis Bulletin" reported the defeat of a Yankee expedition to Sabine pass. Magruder sunk two gunboats and crippled several others. Banks forces have returned to New Orleans. 1p. On South-Western Telegraph Company letterhead.

ALS. September 24, 1863. J.S. [Kenet?] to "Bell" [sic.]. Re: Instructions on where to send packages. Mentions that their [home? or business?] was burned by the Yankees. Asks Belle to forward the enclosed letter also. 1p. Back of letter addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.] Edmondson."

ADS. September 24, 1863. Marshall to Captain Henderson. Re: Details the contents of a recent dispatch. The dispatch described Bragg's victory and the falling back of the Union army. 1p.

ALS. September 27, 1863. [Major] Thomas Price to "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.]" [Edmondson]. Selma, Ala. Re: Sends a gift for his wife and gives Belle specific instructions on how to send the materials. Thanks Belle for all of her help and speaks of her "goodness of heart." Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson. Near Memphis, Tenn. Captain Henderson please forward."

ALS. September 28, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Dispatch says some of our generals in Rosecrans rear. Northern accounts satisfy him South has won a victory. Includes a copy of Bragg's congratulatory address to troops after Chickamauga. 2pp. Back of letter used as envelope and addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At Home."

ALS. September 30, 1863. Lieutenant McConnell to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Asks for a report on Thursday. Captain Henderson says send salt. Mentions that the Confederate forces surrounded Rosecrans. Longstreet occupies Lookout Mountain and the Federals are still in Chattanooga. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson. Near Memphis, Tenn. Attention Miss [illegible]."

ALS. October 3, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "D. Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Writing to thank Belle for the information she sent through Lieutenant McConnell. Their telegraph has been down below Jackson for three days and he has no substantiated news to send her regarding Rosecrans, but he believes that the Confederates have won a victory. Mentions the health of his troops. If her salt wagon comes he will send up a load of "4 back." 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At Home."

ALS. October 7, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to " Dear Carmen" [Lieutenant Carmen]. Panola. Re: Henderson is sorry that all of Carmen's intelligence work near Memphis will not be used because General Lee has deferred his attack. Mentions the upcoming plans of General Chalmers. Sending latest Southern papers which he asks to be sent to Belle with this note. Mentions information he has concerning two large siege guns on Lookout Mountain. All quiet at Chattanooga, Charleston and Virginia. Mentions the improving health of his troops. 1p.

ALS. October 8, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola. Re: Received Belle's shipment of salt with thanks. He has received verbal permission to send bales of cotton. "The proceeds from the cotton will surely do us more good than the cotton will do them." Mentions that "Lt. Mc" [Lieutenant McConnell?] is still in "the bottom" but after his return he will send Belle his greenbacks. Mentions that he heard General Chalmers won a victory northwest of Holly Springs. 2pp.

ALS. October 8, 1863. Ferd Rodgers to "Mifs [sic.] 'Belle.'" Headquarters Jacksons [Cross?]. Canton, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Writing a few lines to assure her that he is still in "the land of the living." Mentions Federal satisfaction with their fortifications and the Confederate inability to do much that is constructive. He wants to be transferred to North Mississippi, but he has not yet received permission. Asks Belle and his sister [Hal Rodgers] to go to Memphis to purchase some articles for him. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Near Memphis, Tenn."

ANS. October 10, 1863. Sam Tate to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Hernando. Re: Sends her five letters which he asks her to deliver in Memphis. 1p. Back of note used as envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At Home."

ALS. October 12, 1863. Andrew Kilpatrick to "Dear Aunt Bell [sic.]." Pontotoc, Miss. Re: Writes to his aunt (he was the son of Jane Edmondson Kilpatrick, Belle's sister) asking her for cartridges for the pistol she bought him. 1p.

ALS. October 12, 1863. "Mifs [sic.] Nellie Kilpatrick" to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.]." Pontotoc, Mifs [sic.]. Re: The daughter of Belle's sister Jane Edmondson Kilpatrick writes to her asking for a china doll and she speaks of getting married. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Shelby Co., Tenn."

ALS. October 21, 1863. Louise [Taylor] to "My Dear Belle." St. Louis, Mo. Re: Writes of the interest of Mrs. Moses and Bettie in Belle (mother and sister? of Dr. Moses). She is packed and waiting to hear from Belle. Note: The letter is heavily damaged due to fire. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson."

ALS. October 23, 1863. Louise T [Taylor] to "My Dear Belle." St. Louis, Mo. Re: Her bags are packed and waiting on Belle's letter to hear if it will be possible to travel down to Memphis. Mentions a young Confederate prisoner named Harrison who is from Memphis and Mrs. Taylor asks Belle to write to his mother. Asks Belle about the photograph she promised to send. Mentions that she saw Miss Blennerhasset recently and she has been banished. She will leave the area in one week. 2pp.

ALS. October 23, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Abbeville, Miss. Re: He has had to leave the Panola camp for the moment since he is serving both General Chalmers and Johnston. He was not able to sell the salt Belle sent down for cotton before he left, but he believes that it is being done while he is away. Mentions the constant shelling in Chattanooga. Mentions that there is nothing from Virginia since the Battle of Bull Run Bridge and that Charleston is quiet. He has two more bales of cotton and he would like to use the proceeds to purchase ammunition. Lieutenant McConnell has to speak about the capture of two of his scouts. 2pp.

ALS. October 28, 1863. Albert Eyrich to "Esteemed Friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Vicksburg, Miss. Re: Has misplaced her last letter. Mentions that the clerk he left in charge may have accidentally taken it back to Memphis. His health is much better due to a heavy frost in the area. Mentions that a "reign of terror such as Memphis and vicinity once experienced has commenced here." Lawlessness is prevalent, but the commanding generals of the Union army stationed in Vicksburg treat the ladies with respect and are generally liked. Writes of his arduous days in the store. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. October 31, 1863. [Major] Thomas Price to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Selma, Ala. Re: Sending this letter via Belle's brother and asks if she has received any of the letters he has sent to her for his wife in the past few months. He writes of the jewelry he sent to his wife and is not sure if she received it. He asks that Belle write to his wife and ask her to write a long "family" letter. He fears that his wife in Missouri may be watched due to his position in the Confederate army and she might not be allowed to write to him but she could write to Belle. 2pp.


2.12 Correspondence and Documents, November- December, 1863.

ADS. November 12, 1863. Telegram from Major Thomas Price to "Miss Belle Edmondson." Selma, Alabama. Re: Asks Belle if she had received his letter through her brother. He is trying to find information about his wife and family. 1p. On "The Southern Telegraph Companies" letterhead.

ALS. November 14, 1863. Tate [Dashiell] to "Dear Belle." Elm Ridge. Re: Confusion over where to direct Belle's letters. She asks Belle's pardon and that of Dr. Moses. She has had a ten day pass given to her by Maggie Cockrell which has just run out. She laments, "I don't know what on earth I am to do about it- I'll have to trust to Providence or good looks in future." Asks Belle to write. She went into town and paid all of Belle's debts. She says, "I will do all I can for anyone South, just let me know." 1p. Envelope with November 19th, Grenada postmark addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson. Care of Dr. G.A. Moses. Mobile, Ala." Note: The number 10 is stamped twice on the envelope.

ALS. November 19, 1863. George Atchison to "Miss Bell [sic.]." Re: Received her letter and is happy that she is able to write to his mother in safety. He is surprised that Belle is in Mobile and says that he, "expects Brother [Dr. Moses] was very much so." Asks if Belle could forward the enclosed letter to his mother. His father is staying with him. George is stationed on board the C.S. Steamer Georgia, a floating battery which was [at the time of the letter] stationed three miles below Savanah [sic.]. He asks repeatedly about Shallie Kirk. 2pp. Stamped envelope with Savannah postmark addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson. Care of Gen. Maury. Mobile. Alab."

ALS. [November 23, 1863]. Madame LeVert to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Edmondson." [Mobile, Alabama]. Re: Asking Belle to come by for her reception evening. 1p. Note: Written on the back of Battle House letterhead.

ALS. November 23, 1863. Phil Allin to "Miss Bell [sic.] Edmondson." Okolona, Miss. Re: Informing Belle of the drowning of a mutual friend, George Imes, as his company was crossing the Chattooga River. 1p. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mr. A.J. Edmondson, Care of [illegible] Titus. Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. November 23, 1863. Major Thomas Price to "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic] Edmondson." Selma, Ala. Re: Has orders from Richmond to go to Meridian. Brandon and perhaps some point of Mississippi River. Asks Belle to send buttons for a coat his tailor is making. Confusing statement about Dr. Moses returning from the wilderness. 2pp. Note: Heavily damaged. Stamped envelope with Selma postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell [sic.] Edmondson. Care Battle House. Mobile, Ala. Note: Proprietor please send to her room immediately if she has arrived."

ALS. November 25, 1863. Alexander Stephens to General Johnston. [Sparta?, Georgia]. Re: Introduces Mrs. Betty Pratte the wife of Bernard Pratte and the niece of Zachary Taylor. She needs a pass through the picket lines. Mentions that Mrs. Pratte is a true and loyal citizen. 2pp. Back of letter used as envelope and addressed to, "Genl. Joseph E. Johnston."

ALS. November 26, 1863. J. H. Edmondson to "My Dear Bell [sic.]." Re: Mentions that he was sorry to have missed her before she left that morning. Asks Belle not to go on her planned trip to Selma and leave as planned with Mrs. Clayton. He states that it "is no means advisable to do so [travel to Selma]- you know what I said to you." 1p. Note: Paper damaged. Back of letter used as envelope and addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell [Edmondson]."

ALS. November 27, 1863. [Illegible signature] to General Leonidas Polk. Office Infantry General Hospitals. Augusta, Georgia. Re: Introduces Mrs. Bernard Pratte, an exiled Missourian who is seeking her husband. Her husband is with General Sterling Price. If she is not able to visit her husband she would like to go to her mother in Kentucky or her home in St. Louis. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Lt. General Leonidas Polk. Commdy. Dept. Mississippi. Introducing Mrs. Bernard Pratte."

ANS. November 28, 1863. D.H. to "Misses Belle and Shallie." Re: Asks what they would like for breakfast. He will have their breakfast sent to their rooms. He will call upon them as soon as he is able. 1p.

ALS. December 2, 1863. Shallie [Kirk] to "Dear Belle." Columbia. Re: Sympathizes with Belle and her heart's affliction. Wants to soothe Belle but she has also promised to be his [Dr. Moses'] friend. States that she has never been "a false friend." Hopes that Belle had a pleasant stay at LaGrange. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson. Memphis, Tennessee." Note: Fragile letter.

ALS. December 4, 1863. Major Thomas Price to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Selma, Ala. Re: Belle is still in Mobile and has confided in Major Price [of her broken engagement?]. He counsels her to "exercise some of that large store of virtues [which Belle has formerly exhibited] for self protection." Because of her goodness and open nature she may have been too confiding. Urges her to seek peace in providence and know that there must be better times in store for her. Ends by asking her to contact his wife and send the enclosed letter. Also asks her to buy some items and send to him via Panola and Captain Henderson. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bele [sic.] Edmondson, Care Capt. Edmondson."

ALS. December 17, 1863. Lem H. Elliott to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Guthriesville York District So. Carolina. Re: Asks Belle to give the enclosed letter to his grandmother. Has had a miserable trip but his arm is improving rapidly.1p. Note: Back of letter used as envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. At Home. Near Memphis, Tennessee." Stamped envelope addressed to, "Capt. Sam Henderson, 'Henderson's Scouts,' Panola, Miss. Note included states, "Please forward the enclosed to Mifs [sic.] Edmondson near Memphis and oblige a soldier."

ALS. December 18, 1863. J.F. Simmons to "Esteemed Lady" [Belle Edmondson]. Clinton, Mississippi. Re: Sends her notes to hand to three different people asking for money. He also enclosed a list of articles he needs her to purchase if and when she receives the money. 3pp. Written on Simmons & Crump, Attorneys at Law letterhead. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Desoto County, Miss. Care of Mr. [Evans?]."

ALS. December 20, 1863. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Panola, [Mississippi]. Re: Has her trunk and that of Mrs. "D's" [Dashiell] and has attempted to send them to her. Bad weather and roads have hindered him in sending the trunks. He mentions that he has a promise for the trunks to be taken at least as far as Hernando to the home of Sam Tate. Mentions that there is little news in the papers, except a message from "their President." He is suffering greatly from a stye and can hardly see. Asks Belle to forward a letter to Major Hunt's wife. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Near Memphis, Tenn."

ANS. December 23, 1863. Charles T. Powe to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Grenada, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Asks Belle to forward the enclosed letter to his wife. Fragment. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson. Care of Capt. Henerson, Panola, Mifs [sic.]."

PDS. December 24, 1863. Telegram from J.H. Edmondson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Panola, Mifs [sic.]. Re: Asks Belle to tell Mrs. Lott Clark that her husband is with J.H. Edmondson. On South-Western Telegraph Company letterhead.



2.13 Correspondence and Documents, 1864.

ALS. [c. August 1864]. Tate [Edmondson Dashiell] to "Dear Belle." Re: Mrs. Perkins out to Edmondson home with a squad of Yankees. Belle should not come home yet as their father is in so much trouble. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss B.B. Edmondson."

ALS. [c. March/April 1864]. Mrs. John Hudson to "Miss Belle Edmondson." Re: Asks Belle to gather materials which Mrs. Hudson needed. 1p.

ANS. January 2, 1864. W.P. Walker to "Mifs [sic.] Edmonson [sic.]." Re: Asks Belle if she has a letter for S.P. Walker, Jr. Requests that if she has the letter that she send it to Captain Henderson who will forward it. 1p.

ALS. January 8, 1864. Edwin A. Spotswood to "Mifs [sic.] Bell." Re: He writes from camp near Como, Mississippi and asks Belle to send clothes to him as soon as he is almost without any. 1p.

PDS. January 12, 1864. Furlough request for [Corporal] John Webb of the 154th Tennessee Volunteers. 2pp (front and back).

PDS. January 16, 1864. Transportation office, C.S.A. document, number 20120, stating that the Steamboat R.R. will furnish transportation for one man from Montgomery, Alabama to Selma, Alabama and the costs will be charged to the War Department of the Confederate States. 1p.

PDS. January 16, 1864. Certificate to pass for John Webb to go to Panola, Mifs [sic.] on furlough. Provost Marshal's Office, Dalton, Georgia letterhead.

PDS. January 23, 1864. Bill for goods purchased by Miz [sic.] Belle Edmondson from Lacey, Able & Co. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

PDS. January 23, 1864. Certificate to pass, good for 13 days, for Miss B. Edmonds [sic.] to pass through the guards and pickets. On Headquarters 16th Army Corps, Memphis, Tennessee letterhead.

ALS. January 26, 1864. Captain Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Re: Writes from camp near Como, Mississippi to report that he recently saw two of her sisters, Helen and Tate. Mentions that he has a few "G.B." [greenbacks] on hand and will send them when she writes him the amount he owes her. The salt arrived but one is damaged. Has no news to report regarding events in the South. 1p. Back of letter used as envelope, addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. January 27, 1864. D.B. McCarthy to "Mifs [sic.] Edmondson." Re: Writes from East Abington to thank Belle for forwarding her [McCarthy's] brother's letter through the lines. Also requests by asking Belle to send word about her [McCarthy's] brother's safety. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. February 1, 1864. Callie Miles to "My friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Re: Writes from Hickman, Kentucky and asks Belle to try to send a letter through the lines. She enclosed it with the letter to Belle. Mentions the destruction of Jackson [Mississippi?] and wonders about the fate of Memphis. 2pp. Envelope with illegible postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, care of Mrs. M ["C" Galloway?], Aberdeen, Miss."

ALS. February 4, 1864. Helen Edmondson to "Dear Belle." Re: Writes from Panola, County, Mississippi. cannot cross the lines from "Dixie." Sends news of family and fighting at Grenada. Mentions Capt. Henderson and Major Crump. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, 'Elm Ridge,' Tenn., 'By Scout."

ALS. February 7, 1864. Captain Thomas Henderson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle" [Edmondson]. Headquarters, Panola [Mississippi]. Re: Received Belle's notes and thanks her. Mentions spending time with Belle's sisters [Helen and Tate] at the Walaces. Mentions that the Union forces are advancing from Vicksburg up Yazoo and Henderson has sent scouts to Greenwood. Sends late southern newspapers to Belle. 1p. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. February 22, 1864. "E.P." [Emily Perkins] to "My dear, dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Castle Garden, [Tennessee?]. Re: Received Belle's letter and is very grateful for her efforts. Mentions that she heard Belle was to be married but can see by her signature that she is not. Describes the state of the countryside. Trading is very brisk but prices are very high. States that the slaves are "in open rebellion." Describes a very violent scene where she "humbles" an impudent slave. Mentions that the war has not changed her feelings for her loved ones and friends. 3pp. Stamped envelope with illegible postmark addressed to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmonson [sic.], Care of Messrs. Orgile & Brothers, Memphis, Tenn."

ALS. February 25, 1864. Belle Edmondson to Mr. Perkins. Re: Asks Mr. Perkins to deliver mail across the lines. She has tried to get this through before but the courier was captured. 1p.

ANS. February 28, 1864. A.C.E. [Cousin Campbell Edmondson] to "Cousin Belle." Re: Tells Belle that he is going "below" today and can transport mail. Asks Belle to send late newspapers. 1p. Back of note addressed to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson at Home."

ALS. March 3, 1864. [Mrs.] John Hudson to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Selma. Re: Tells Belle if she cannot send the packages through she should get the money to a Mrs. Garrett at Sardis. Mrs. Garrett can send the money to Mrs. Hudson.1p.

ALS. March 9, 1864. Sue A. Boylen to "My dear Belle." Pontotoc, Co., Mifs [sic.]. Re: Asks Belle to send the enclosed letter to a Missouri family from their son who they believe is dead as his other two brothers. Will have the Memphis post office watched for mail directed to her. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn. Kindnefs [sic.] of Maj. Allen."

ADS. March 15, 1864. Bill for sale of one bale of cotton and accounting of charges incurred by E.D. Bray from J.J. Rawlings & Co. 1p.

ALS. March 24, 1864. [Captain] Thomas Henderson to "Dear Mifs [sic.] Belle." Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Received Belle's package and letters and sends his thanks. They have no mail facilities as far as Mobile at present. He has no reliable news of the war. Sends older Southern newspapers. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson."

ALS. March 29, 1864. Joseph S. Lenard to "My dear Mifs [sic.]" [Belle Edmondson]. Wayside Hospital. Selma, Ala. Re: Thanks Belle for her kindness in sending mail through the lines. Asks Belle to mail another letter, to Dr. Pettus which asks him for money. Lenard asks Belle to include a note to Dr. Pettus on the best way for him to send the money. 2pp. Envelope addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson, Near Horn Lake, [illegible writing]."

ALS. March 30, 1864. [Major] Thomas H. Price to "Mifs [sic.] Bell Edmondson." Selma, Ala. Re: Thanks Belle for getting word from his wife. She has been ill and he is worried about her health. Wait to send the ring until she finds a reliable person traveling to St. Louis. He expects a glorious campaign and an end of the war in the present year. He is also a candidate for Congress and has a good chance for election. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell Edmondson, Near Memphis, Tenn."

ANS. March 31, 1864. J.F. Simmons to "Esteemed Lady" [Belle Edmondson]. Benton, Mississippi. Re: Asks Belle if she has been able to procure any of the articles he requested. If so, she can send them to his wife at Sardis, Mississippi by Capt. [Holgood] or another reliable hand. 1p.

ALS. April 1864. A. Curtis to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." New York, N.Y. Re: Was sent a letter from Mrs. Van Hook of Selma, Alabama through Belle earlier. Mrs. Van Hook asked Mr. Curtis to try to find information about Mr. George Van Hook of Columbia, Mississippi who had been missing since July 1862. Mr. Curtis has placed advertisements in newspapers asking for information but has heard nothing as of yet. Asks if Belle would forward this letter to others. 4pp. Stamped envelope with New York postmark addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson, Memphis, Tenn."

ANS. April 4, 1864. Lieutenant Hudson to "Miss Belle." Re: Asks if she could deliver the articles she purchased for his sister to the bearer of the note. 1p. Addressed on back of note to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell Edmondson, At Home."

ALS. April 5, 1864. [Major] Thomas H. Price to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." Selma, Ala. Re: Sends a letter for Belle to deliver to Miss Annie [Perdue]. Looking for active times in a military way very soon. Has heard that her brother has sailed from Wilmington and is now in Europe. 1p.

ALS. April 17, 1864. Ann [Kirk Fackler] to C.M. Fackler. Memphis, [Tennessee]. Re: Distressed because she has not heard from Mr. Fackler in several months. Has been forced to take in Federal officers with wives and children as boarders in order to keep from losing her home. The River is blockaded. Memphis is excited about Forrest's raid and Fort Pillow. 12pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Mr. C.M. Fackler, [Etonah?], Ga."

ALS. April 19th, 1864. [Major] Thomas H. Price to "Mifs [sic.] Bell Edmondson." Selma, Ala. Re: Mentions that "everything looks cheerful in Dixie. They are all hoping for "big news" from Richmond, Virginia very soon. There is a rumor of a big victory. 1p. Note: Written on Ordinance Office, Trans-Mississippi Department letterhead. Envelope addressed to "Mifs [sic.] Belle Edmondson." Annotation at top of envelope reads, "If you have any thing to send have it sent to Mr. Merriam Farrowe. Geo. [] King."

ALS. May 22, 1864. "Mother" to "My Dearest Son" [Lieutenant William S. Pope]. Hernando, [Mississippi]. Re: Mentions "Neddy's" [another son's] visit. Mentions that Tilly is well again and she has heard from his father, who is also well. Their school is not profitable and the people of Hernando are not terribly friendly, but she feels disposed to stay. Note: William S. Pope was later killed at the Battle of Brice's Cross Roads on June 10th. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Lieut. Wm. S. Pope, 7th Tenn. Cavalry, Col. Duckworth, Gen. Forest's Command."

AL. Fragment. Undated. [circa June, 1864]. [Mary Edmondson Anderson] to [Belle Edmondson]. Re: Cousin Mat and Mrs. Perkins "vowed vengeance" on Edmondson family. 4pp.

ALS. June 20, 1864. D.F.H. to "My Kind friend" [Belle Edmondson]. Mobile, [Alabama]. Re: Heard a rumor that Belle was traveling South, but has not seen her so assumes that it is not true. Mentions several mutual friends, and states that Mobile is very dull at the present time and very hot. Asks Belle about the status of his package. 1p. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care=R.W. Edmondson, Columbus, Miss."

ALS. June 26, 1864. Mary [Edmondson Anderson] to "Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Elm Ridge. Re: Home quiet since they left. Scouts have been there and their Father was ill. Yankees came out, the "terrible 7th Kansas." Said Forrest whipped them but Sturgis sold his troops to Forrest.


2.14 Correspondence and Documents, 1864 (continued).

ALS. June 28, 1864. Helen [Edmondson Crump] to Eddie [Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Details about her wedding to Brodie Crump expressing her sorrow that Eddie could not be present. Mentions that her honeymoon was cut short by General Forrest. She is staying in Oxford. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mr. E.A. Edmondson, McDonalds old Batt., Bluff City Grays, Mifsifsippi, care Hendersons Scouts."

ALS. June 29, 1864. Helen [Edmondson Crump] to "Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Asks Belle to get Helen's diamond ring out of Jimmie's papers which Will Hunt has. 1p. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, 'On the ring.'"

ALS. June 30, 1864. Helen [Edmondson] Crump to "My dear Belle." Oxford, [Mississippi]. Re: Still staying in Oxford. Wilson is the only scout she has seen. Complains a bit about Forrest sending for her husband, Major Crump, before his leave was over. Her husband gave her a wonderful horse as a present. 4pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care=R.W. Edmonson [sic.], Columbus, Mifs."

PDS. June 30, 1864. Bill for goods purchased by Mrs. Edmondson from A.H. & Wheeler. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ALS. July 1, 1864 . J.G.B. to "Mifs [sic.] Belle." In Camp, McDaniels Batt. Re: Regrets that he was ordered away and could not say goodbye. Enjoyed his meeting with Belle. 3pp.

ALS. July 1, 1864. "Brother Brodie" [Crump] to "My Dear Sister" [Belle Edmondson]. Verona, Miss. Re: Writes from Verona about the bridal tour the day they left Pontotoc. Mentions a mix-up about his replacement while on his honeymoon tour. Forrest afflicted with boils and in a furious way generally. 2pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care of R.W. Edmondson, Columbus, Missi."

Card. July 5, 1864. Card of Mifs. [sic.] Edmondson listing on one side various names and the listing of "Major C.S. Sergsen? Hd.Quarters, July 5, 1864" and on the other a quote from Longfellow.

ANS. July 5, 1864. John Williamson to "Miss Bell Edmondson." Re: Asking Belle to inform Mrs. Kate [Henyes?] that Lee Elliott was well. 1p.

ADS. July 8, 1864. Special Order from Headquarters, Forrest Cavalry, Tupelo. 1p. Note: Document in very fragile condition.

ALS. July 10, 1864. Andrew Jackson Edmondson to "My Dear Son" [Eddie Edmondson]. Re: Has been unwell. They have P. Miller to thank for shelter as he persuaded Mrs. Perkins not to go to General Washburn and have a guard come out and destroy Elm Ridge. He thinks a private is the most honorable position in the Army. Mentions that General Washburn is very hard on secessionists. Mentions Jimmie's [James Edmondson's] mission in Europe. 2pp.

ALS. July 16, 1864. Ed Edmondson to "Dear Bell." "In Camp," Verona, Miss. Re: Writes to Belle from Verona that he left the front yesterday and the fight was not successful. He blames Lt. General Lee. Asks Belle to send him clean clothes as he is in need of them. 2pp.

ALS. July 22, 1864. Shallie [Kirk] to "My dearest Bell." Selma, [Alabama]. Re: Afraid Yankees carried out their threat to put her in prison. Describes Nannie's escape from her mother. Shallie is leaving Selma and going to Memphis. She wants Belle to return as Hurlbut has gone. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Mifs [sic.] Bell Edmondson, Care Capt. Holland, Mobile."

ADS. July 21, 1864. Pass for E.A. Edmondson with detail to drive beef cattle from Sam Words' below Okolona, signed by Major B.S. Crump. 1p.

ALS. July 26, 1864. Theresa Blennerhasset to "Dear Belle." Columbus, [Mississippi]. Re: Writes from Columbus that Hal and Nannie left with Tate and the children for Tybee Station. Hal received an invitation to Waverly. She saw Mrs. Forrest and the General who suffers greatly with his wounds. 3pp.

ALS. November 27th [1864]. Theresa Blennerhasset to "My dear Bel." Memphis, [Tennessee]. 4pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Bel Edmondson."

ALS. December 21, 1864. Tate [Edmondson Dashiell] to "Dear Belle." Como, Miss. Re: Writes from Como that the whole regiment is ready to start off on a long scout. An attack is anticipated from all points. 3pp. Envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson 'Elm Ridge' Tenn, By scout."

2.15 Correspondence and Documents, 1865

ADS. January 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Mr.[C. Falkner?] from [W.S. Southworth] & Co.1p.

ADS. January 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Dr. [J.J.] Miller from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

ADS. January 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Col. W.R. [Welburn] from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

ADS. January-March 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Richard Wyatt, Esq. from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

ADS. January-February 1865. Bill for goods purchased by [Monsieur Redford Esq?] from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

PDS. January 25, 1865. Printed bill of sale for a sorrel mare mule sold by [J.N. Wilson] to [W.S.? Southworth]. Memphis Tennessee. 1p. Note: Stamped document.

ADS. January 28-Feburary 1865. Bill for goods purchased by John W. Elam from [W.S.? Southworth] & Co. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ADS. February 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Georges Chamblefs [sic.] from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

ADS. February 25, 1865. Bill for goods purchased by John [Gulliland] from [W.S. Southworth] & Co. 1p.

ADS. March 22, 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Mifs. [sic.] [Hardroves, illegible name] & Co. 1p.

PDS. May 2, 1865. Bill for goods purchased by [illegible initials Southworth] from Mayer, Pollock, & Lindauer. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

PDS. June 12, 1865. Bill for goods purchased by Mrs. E.D. Bray form Owen & Rutledge. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ADS. August 29, 1865-January 8, 1866. Statement of account for E.D. Bray, Esq. with [Farrington & Howell]. Memphis, Tennessee. 1p.

ANS. November 24, 1865. S.H. Shettlesworth and E.M. Shettlesworth to MR. E.D. Bray. Re: Transfer of funds collected for the Warren place to W.C. Warren. 1p.

2.16 Correspondence and Documents, 1866.

ANS. January 22, 1866. Elizabeth Perryman to Mr. Ed. D. Bray. Augusta, Arkansas. Re: Payment of the proceeds of the rent of Warren land to Mr. W.C. Warren. 1p. Back of note addressed to "Mr. E.D. Bray. Memphis, Tenn."

ADS. February 8, 1866. Receipt for rent of the estate of Eliza Shettleesworth and E. Perryman from Ed D. Bray to W.C. Warren. 1p.

ADS. March 13, 1866. Bill for goods purchased by E.D. Bray from Southworth & Knight. 1p.

Empty Envelope. August 1866. Addressed to "Mr. Ed. D. Bray. Memphis, Tennessee."

ANS. October 19, 1866. Elijah M. Perryman to Mr. Ed D. Bay. Re: Right of refusal to Uncle Elijah's land. 1p.

2.17 Correspondence and Documents, 1867.

ALS. March 7, 1867. [illegible signature] to E.D. Bray. Columbus, Mifs. [sic.] 1p. Note: written on Southern Express Company letterhead. Fragile.

ALS. May 3, 1867. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Brother" [Edmund D. Bray]. Launch, Currituck Co., North Carolina. Re: Receipt of letter and general state of family. 1p.

ANS. May 7, 1867. John L. Scurell to "Mefsrs [sic.] Delk & Lindsey." Oak Grove. Re: Request for balance of money left by Scurell. 1p.

ADS. August 24, 1867. Unknown individual's [probably Ed D. Bray] promissory note to Benjamin Bray. 1p. Stamped. Stamped envelope addressed to, "Edmund D. Bray, Esq. Memphis, Tennessee" and postmarked. Note on envelope reads, "If uncalled for in 10 days return to Box 110. Elizabeth City, N.C."

ADS. August 24, 1867. Land deed recording sale of land from Benjamin Bray to Edmund D. Bray. Stamped.


2.18 Correspondence and Documents, 1868

ALS. January 17, 1868. [Helen Edmondson Crump] to "Dear Belle" [Edmondson]. Holly Springs, Mississippi. Re: Lack of family correspondence, Tate, and servants. 4pp.

ADS. January 25, 1868. Land deed between Benjamin Bray and Edmund Bray. 2pp.

ALS. February 1, 1868. William F. Martin to "My Dear Sir" [Edmund D. Bray]. Elizabeth City [North Carolina]. Re: Deed for land sale and Benjamin Bray. 1p.

ALS. May 9, 1868. William F. Martin to "Dear Sire" [Edmund D. Bray]. Elizabeth City, N.C. Re: Two land deeds from Benjamin Bray. 1p.

ALS. June 1, 1868. Benjamin Bray to "Dear Bro." [Edmund D. Bray]. Launch, Currituck Co., North Carolina. Re: Land deeds, crop hopes, weather, and family. 3pp.

2.19 Correspondence and Documents, 1869

ALS. April 20, 1869. Aunt Ellen [Adair Beatty] to "My Dear Mary" [Mrs. Mollie H. Anderson]. Washington, D.C. Re: Earthly afflictions, death, and God. 6pp. Stamped and postmarked envelope addressed to, "Mrs. Mollie H. Anderson, Care of Mefs. [sic.] Nelson & Titus. Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. August 23rd, 1869. "Sister H.L.C." [Helen Edmondson Crump] to "Dear Belle" [Belle Edmondson]. Holly Springs [Mississippi]. Re: Family and mutual friends. 4pp. Holly Springs, Mississippi postmarked enveloped addressed to "Miss Belle Edmondson Care=Nelson & Titus, Memphis, Tenn.

2.20 Correspondence and Documents, 1870

ALS. December 24, 1870. Helen [Edmondson Crump] to "Dear Belle" [Belle Edmondson]. Holly Springs, [Mississippi]. Re: Christmas, extreme cold, and mutual friends and family. 6pp. Holly Springs, Mississippi postmarked envelope addressed to, "Miss Belle Edmondson, Care Nelson & Titus Memphis, Tenn."

2.21Correspondence and Documents, 1871

ANS. May 24, 1871. Ed D. Bray to "My Dear Mary" [Mary Edmondson Anderson]. Chattanooga. Re: trip. 1p. Stamped enveloped postmarked Chattanooga, Tennessee. Addressed to, "Mrs. M.H. Anderson, Memphis Tennefsee Care of J.H. Edmondson Carolina Insurance."

ALS. October 14, 1871. [J.M. Johnson] to "My Dear Mr. Bray." Baltimore. 2pp. Stamped envelope addressed to, "E.D. Bray, Esq. Care of Farrington & Howell. Memphis, Tennessee."

ALS. November 2, 1871. [J.M. Johnson] to "My Dear Mr. Bray." Nashville. 2pp.

Printed Card. November 27, 1871. Receipt for goods received from Ed Bray by Butts & Harrington.

2.22 Correspondence and Documents, 1872

ALS. June 27, 1872. Father to "My darling son Will." Holly Springs, Miss. 4pp.

PC. New Year 1872. Printed card from J.H. Edmondson, Frank B. Rogers, Hector Coffin and John F. Titus.


BOX 3

3.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1873

3.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1874

3.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1875

3.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1878

3.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1879

3.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1880

3.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1881

3.8 Correspondence and Documents, 1884

3.9 Correspondence and Documents, 1885

3.10 Correspondence and Documents, 1886

3.11 Correspondence and Documents, 1888

3.12 Correspondence and Documents, 1889

3.13 Correspondence and Documents, 1890

3.14 Correspondence and Documents, 1891

3.15 Correspondence and Documents, 1892

3.16 Correspondence and Documents, 1895

3.17 Correspondence and Documents, 1896

3.18 Correspondence and Documents, 1897

3.19 Correspondence and Documents, 1898

3.20 Correspondence and Documents, 1899

BOX 4

Undated Twentieth Century Correspondence and Documents

BOX 5

Undated Twentieth Century Correspondence and Documents

BOX 6


6.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1900

6.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1901

6.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1902

6.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1903

6.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1904

6.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1905

6.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1906

6.8 Correspondence and Documents, 1907

6.9 Correspondence and Documents, 1908

6.10 Correspondence and Documents, 1909

6.11 Correspondence and Documents, 1910

6.12 Correspondence and Documents, 1911

6.13 Correspondence and Documents, 1912

6.14 Correspondence and Documents, 1913

6.15 Correspondence and Documents, 1914

6.16 Correspondence and Documents, 1915

6.17 Correspondence and Documents, 1916

6.18 Correspondence and Documents, 1917

6.19 Correspondence and Documents, 1918

6.20 Correspondence and Documents, 1919 (folder 1)

6.21 Correspondence and Documents, 1919 (folder 2)

6.22 Christmas Cards [1919-1920]


BOX 7

7.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1920 (folder 1)

7.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1920 (folder 2)

7.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1920 (folder 3)

7.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1920 (folder 4)

7.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1921 (folder 1)

7.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1921 (folder 2)


BOX 8

8.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1921 (folder 3)


8.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1922 (folder 1)

8.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1922 (folder 2)

8.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1922 (folder 3)

8.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1922 (folder 4)

8.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1923

8.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1924

8.8 Correspondence and Documents, 1925

8.9 Correspondence and Documents, 1926

8.10 Correspondence and Documents, 1927

8.11 Correspondence and Documents, 1928


Box 9

9.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1929 (folder one)

9.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1929 (folder two)

9.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1930 (folder one)

9.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1930 (folder two)

9.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1930 (folder three)

9.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1930 (folder four)

Box 10

10.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1931 (folder one)

10.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1931 (folder two)

10.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1931 (folder three)

10.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1931 (folder four)

10.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1932 (folder one)

10.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1932 (folder two)

10.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1932 (folder three)


Box 11

11.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1933 (folder one)

11.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1933 (folder two)

11.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1934 (folder one)

11.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1934 (folder two)

11.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1935 (folder one)

11.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1935 (folder two)

11.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1936

Box 12

12.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1937

12.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1938

12.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1939

12.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1940

12.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1941

12.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1942

Box 13

13.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1943

13.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1944

13.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1944

13.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1944

13.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1944

13.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1944

Box 14

14.1 Correspondence and Documents, [1944]

14.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1945

14.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1945

14.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1945

14.5 Correspondence and Documents, [1945]

Box 15

15.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1946

15.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1946

15.3 Family Christmas Cards, [1946-1953]

15.4 Family Christmas Cards, [1946-1953]

15.5 Family Christmas Cards, [1946]

15.6 Empty envelopes, 1946

Box 16

16.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1947

16.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1948

16.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1948

16.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1949

16.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1949

Box 17

17.1 Family Christmas Cards [1949-1959]

17.2 Family Christmas Cards [1950s]

17.3 Assorted Birthday and "Get Well" Cards [Stidham Family, 1950s]

17.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1950

17.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1950

Box 18

18.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1950

18.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1951

18.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1951

18.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1951

18.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1951

18.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1952

Box 19

19.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1952

19.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1952

19.3 Family Christmas Cards [1952]

19.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1953

19.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1953

19.6 Correspondence to Betty Lou Stidham, [1953-1954]

Box 20

20.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1953

20.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1953

20.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1954

20.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1954

Box 21

21.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1954

21.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1955

21.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1955

21.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1955

21.5 Cards of Sympathy for the death of Susie Bray Williams
(February 2, 1874-October 28, 1955)

Box 22

22.1 Cards of Sympathy for the death of Susie Bray Williams
(February 2, 1874-October 28, 1955)

22.2 Cards of Sympathy for the death of Susie Bray Williams
(February 2, 1874-October 28, 1955)

22.3 Cards of Sympathy for the death of Susie Bray Williams
(February 2, 1874-October 28, 1955)

22.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1955

22.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1955

22.6 Family Christmas Cards [1956-1957]

Box 23

23.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1956

23.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1956

23.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1956

23.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1957

23.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1957

23.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1958

Box 24

24.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1958

24.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1959

24.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1960

24.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1961

24.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1962

Box 25

25.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1963

25.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1964

25.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1964

25.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1965

25.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1965

Box 26

26.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1965

26.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1966

26.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1966

26.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1966

26.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1967

26.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1967

26.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1968

Box 27

27.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1969

27.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1970

27.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1971

27.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1972

27.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1973

27.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1974

27.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1975

Box 28

28.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1976

28.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1977

28.3 Correspondence and Documents,1978

28.4 Correspondence and Documents, 1979

28.5 Correspondence and Documents, 1980

28.6 Correspondence and Documents, 1981

28.7 Correspondence and Documents, 1982

Box 29

29.1 Correspondence and Documents, 1883

29.2 Correspondence and Documents, 1984

29.3 Correspondence and Documents, 1986-1987

Box 30

Miscellaneous materials- bits of paper, buttons, china fragments, etc.

Box 31

31.1 Undated newspaper clippings, mostly 19th century

31.2 October 3, 1827, The Souvenir

31.3 August 13, 1856, The Weekly Richmond Enquirer

31.4 August 29, 1856, The Memphis Daily Appeal

31.5 January 14, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.6 January 21, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.7 February 4, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.8 February 11, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.9 February 25, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.10 March 4, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.11 March 5, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.12 March 10, 1857, The Marshall Democrat (Holly Springs, MS)

31.13 March 16, 1857, The New Orleans Weekly Crescent

31.14 March 18, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.15 March 25, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.16 April 1, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.17 April 15, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.18 April 22, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.19 April 29, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.20 May 13, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.21 June 6, 1857, The States (Washington, D.C.)

31.22 June 10, 1857, The Memphis Weekly Appeal

31.23 May 5, 1859, The Presbyterian Herald (Louisville, KY)

31.24 January 5, 1860, The Presbyterian Herald (Louisville, KY)

31.25 May 1, 1872, The Memphis Daily

31.26 Almanacs, 1871 and 1880

Box 32

Late 19th century through 1960s newspaper clippings

Box 33
Diaries, Account Books, Scrap Books, Albums (non-photographic), Hardcover School notebooks.

Ledger. C. 1830. Account ledger [possibly that of Ed Bray]. [Elizabeth City, ?]

Poetry Album. 1846. Mary H. Edmondson's poetry copy-book from Pontotoc Female Academy.

Poetry Album. C. 1847. Sophia Bridges album [probably from Pontotoc Female Academy].

Autograph Album. C. 1847. Sophia Bridges album [probably from Pontotoc Female Academy].

Autograph Album. 1847-1854. Mary H. Edmondson's autograph album.

Account Book. 1848-c. 1850. Unidentified account book, probably from a general store.

Account Book. 1850-c.1852. Ed Bray's account book, Union Planter's Bank.

Diary 1850-c. 1870- Diary entries from Mary H. Edmondson Anderson and her husband John Anderson.

Diary. 1854-1884, bulk 1854. Mary H. Edmondson [Anderson Bray] diary. Note: Diary has been transcribed and transcription is included with inventory.

Multi-use journal. c.1856-1937. Journal contains several sections; it has accounts listed, there is a transcript of Andrew Jackson Edmondson's journal describing his experiences in the war of 1812, and there is a significant section devoted to a diary for Susie Tate Bray from 1887-1888. There is only one entry from 1937.

Unidentified account book, 1858-1862.

Account Book. 1859-?. Unidentified account book, possibly that of Edmund Dozier Bray.

Diary. 1863. Belle Edmondson's 1863 diary. Note: Transcription of 1863 diary included in A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy, published by the University Press of Mississippi in 1990. Condition of original diary is extremely fragile.


Box 34
Diaries, Account Books, Scrap Books, Albums (non-photographic), Hardcover School notebooks.


Multi-use journal. 1883-1894, bulk 1893-1894. Diary and scrapbook of Susie Tate Bray written over old account book.

Diary. February 1888-July 1888. Diary of Susie Tate Bray.

Autograph Book. 1888-1889. Autograph book of Susie Tate Bray.

Diary. November 20, 1888- June 5, 1889. Diary of Susie Tate Bray.

Scrapbook. c. 1892. Scrapbook containing cards and decoupage art. Book
probably owned by Susie Tate Bray.


Diary. March 1896-?. Diary of Susie Tate Bray.


Box 35
Diaries, Account Books, Scrap Books, Albums (non-photographic), Hardcover School notebooks.

Newspaper scrap album. c. 1890s. Newspaper scrap album, probably that of Susie Tate Bray. Written over 1887 published work, Suggestions for Fitting up Bathrooms by the Meyer-Sniffen Company.


Undated [After 1901]. Mary Williams sewing instruction book and album.

1901-1915. Diary/Scrapbook of Susie Bray Williams.

1912-1918, sporadic entries. Mary E. Williams' diary.

1916. Susie B. Williams' diary.

Box 36
Diaries, Account Books, Scrap Books, Albums (non-photographic), Hardcover School notebooks.

1925. Baby-book for Howard Donathan Stidham (son of Mary E. Williams Stidham).

1928. Diary/ Account book for [Susie B. Williams?].

1929. Diary/ Account book for Susie B. Williams.

1929. Baby-book for Emri LeDavis Stidham (son of Mary E. Williams Stidham).

1932. Diary/ Account book for Susie B. Williams.

1933-1936. Diary/Notebook of unidentified individual [perhaps Susie B. Williams].

1933-1936. Diary/Notebook/ Account book of Susie B. Williams.

1937-1938. Diary/Notebook/ Account book of Susie B. Williams.

c. 1942. Don Stidham's (son of Mary E. Williams Stidham) scrapbook.

Unidentified address books/account book

Various 20th century business ledgers (8).


Box 37

Contains various bits of fabric


Box 38

Contains various bits of fabric

Box 39

Empty boxes and china piece

Box 40

Books

Box 41

Pamphlets and books

Box 42

Educational materials and 20th century diplomas

Box 43

Research materials from Loretta and William Galbraith's work on Belle Edmondson, A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson (1990)