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Battle family papers

Identifier: W-0010

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters, calling cards, scripture cards, and a small journal of twenty-six pages. The letters are dated between 1855 and 1871 and represent at least two generations of family correspondence. Two of the early letters are from Junius Battle to Sallie (Sarah Hunter) in Tuskegee, Alabama, before their November 1859 wedding, and one dated July 14, 1871, is apparently from mother to son (signed "Mamana" and is addressed to "Master Junius K. Battle"), encouraging him to "be a good boy, mind every word your Grandma says, and be sure to write very soon."

There is also a seemingly unrelated 1855 black-bordered letter from the committee of the Means Society of S. Masonic College to a Virginia Jennings of Oxford, announcing the death of a Miss Kate Phillips, "a worthy member of our society" and advised Jennings of the proper type of arm band to wear, what it should be made of, and how long it should be worn. It is unclear where the letter is directed; the envelope only says "Miss Virginia Jennings, Oxford."

The collection also contains two engraved cards (3.5" x 2"), two religious themed cards (2.25" x 1.75"), and one empty envelope.


  • 1855-1871


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.

Biographical / Historical

Sallie (Sarah) Hunter, the oldest daughter of John and Sarah Shorter Hunter, was born in Alabama probably in 1842. She married Junius K. Battle on 29 November 1859 in Barbour County, Alabama. The couple had at least one son, also named Junius K. Battle.


0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Letters, calling cards, scripture cards, and a small journal of this Tuskegee, Alabama, family.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A.S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

Sarah Shorter Hunter commonplace book, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Junius K. Battle speech text, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.


Title on phase box spine: Battle Family of Tuskegee and Eufaula

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to the Battle family papers
August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266