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Benjamin Rice Holt Papers

Identifier: W-0159

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters from Benjamin Rice Holt as well as letters and other documents from family members. Holt's wartime letters to his father and sisters show a very light-hearted manner and wry wit. One of his letters in 1863 tells how "our trip to the front was a very pleasant one the incessant rain to the contrary notwithstanding." He ends that particular letter by saying "our political sky looks brighter now than at any time previous and I think in a few more months we will all be at home."

The collection also includes a


  • 1860 - 1939


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Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Rice Holt, son of William White and Mary Arinton Holt, was born on June 12, 1841, in Richmond, Georgia. He graduated with some distinction from the University of North Carolina and at the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Clinch Rifles and served in the Fifth Georgia Regiment, Jackson's Brigade, under the command of General Braxton Bragg.

He was captured at Santa Rosa Island in October 1861 and spent some time in Fort Warren in Boston, Massachusetts, before he was exchanged. There is a transcribed letter from Holt's father to C.S.A. President Jefferson Davis asking that he be "specifically exchanged" and reassigned "to a place where he can render the most effective service to his country." He ends the letter saying, "If I have tresspassed[sic] too much on your valuable time put it to the acount of a father who has two sons and two grandsons now in the army at Corinth and is anxious to have another there."

Late in 1863, possibly during the battle of Chickamauga, Holt was wounded and received a medical discharge. One of the miscellaneous documents indicates that the wound was in his forehead and was so severe that "his brain was exposed to view and his wound was trepanned." He survived the surgery but was in frail health for the rest of his life.

Holt never married and died on October 20, 1885, in Milledgeville, Georgia.


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Language of Materials



Letters and papers of this Confederate soldier and his family during the Civil War and afterwards.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of A.S. Williams III, 2010

Processing Information

Processed by Martha Bace, 2014



Guide to Benjamin Rice Holt Papers
March 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266