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James D. Truss correspondence, 1861-1863

 File — Box: W0103.01, Folder: 2

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This collection contains letters written by members of the extended Coleman family. These letters date from 1860 to 1868 and relay general family news, as well as reports of military life. The collection includes correspondence written by two generations of this St. Clair County, Alabama, family. Three letters written by or addressed to brothers William A. Coleman and James L. Coleman describe daily life in St. Clair, describing the sale of materials and cotton planting conditions. One letter written by James Coleman offers condolences to William after the death of his son. The collection also includes letters written by the sons and son-in-law of William and James: William S. Coleman, Thomas P. Coleman, and James D. Truss. Letters written by William's son Thomas P. Coleman describe the First Battle of Bull Run (identified as the Battle of Manassas) and battles near Richmond, Virginia, in 1862 and provide detailed descriptions of camp life. Five letters written by William's son-in-law James D. Truss describe camp conditions in the Tenth Alabama Regiment, detailing the distribution of food and clothing and medical care in the camp. This collection of letters also includes a letter written by the officers of the 10th Alabama asking an unknown officer to resign his post and detailing the company's grievances against him.


  • 1860 - 1868

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.


From the Collection: 0.15 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266