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Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0657

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written to Hedrick by former students and others while they were prisoners of war in Union prison camps, requesting food, clothing, books, tobacco, and money.

Dates

  • 1864

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick, son of John Leonard and Elizabeth Sherwood Hedrick, was born 13 February 1827. He married Mary Ellen Thompson on 3 June 1852 in Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina. The couple had eight children: (1) John Thompson; (2) Charles Joseph; (3)Alice; (4) Jennie; (5) William Adam; (6) Henry Benjamin, (7) Ellen Annabella; and (8) Mary Elizabeth.

Hedrick was a professor of agriculture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, but was dismissed in 1856 for expressing antislavery views. He moved to Washington, D.C. where he became a patent examiner at the United States Patent Office.

He died on 2 September 1886 in Washington, at the age of 59.

Extent

0.04 Linear Feet (13 items)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Letters from seven former students while prisoners of war in northern prison camps, requesting food, clothing, books, tobacco, and money.

Provenance

unknown

General

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Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick letters
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
February 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500