Major Wiley Parris Civil War Letters


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Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: Parris, Wiley
Title: Major Wiley Parris Civil War Letters, 1862
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Abstract: Contains 3 letters of M.W. Parris, Confederate soldier and Jackson County native.
Extent: 3 items


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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Major Wiley Parris Civil War Letters, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, June,2000
Encoded by Tim Carstens, May 2008

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Biographical Note

M. W. [Major Wiley] Parris of Jackson County, North Carolina, was 37 when he enlisted in May, 1861, and became a private in the North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment, Company B.


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Content and Scope

 The three letters presented here are to his wife, Jane Parris. Less than two weeks after his letter of July 3, 1862, he was discharged "by reason of being over age" (North Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 376). The Federal Census of 1860 for Jackson County, North Carolina, lists an M.W. Parris, age 36, and Jane Parris, age 34, as wife.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following subject headings in online catalogs.


Parris, Wiley--Correspondence


United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


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Detailed Description of the Materials




Letter 1

Wiley Parris, Camp Lee, Grahamville, South Carolina, to Jane Parris, February 6, 1862. Parris writes of his health, that his unit has not yet seen military action, gives advice on planting crops, and asks Jane to settle specific debts. He notes when he has written or received letters from her, and asks for details on when she receives his letters.

Letter 2

M.W. Parris, Lenoir County, Kinston, North Carolina, to Jane Parris, April 13, 1862. Parris writes of camp life and drills, his health and that of family members with him, the shortage of paper with which to write letters, his interest in how his wife's crops are doing, his hopes to return home, and that he has not seen military action. The Alfred referred to in letter is probably Alfred Parris, who was age 20 at enlistment in the North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment, Company B. Alfred Parris was wounded at Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862 (North Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 375).

Letter 3

M.W. Parris, Petersburg, Virginia, to Jane Parris, July 3, 1862. Parris writes of the battle at Malvern Hill, Virginia, on July 1, 1862, which was part of the Seven Days' Battles (June 25 - July 1, 1862). He lists the names of fellow soldiers from Jackson County killed and wounded in the battle. He briefly mentions the military action and comments on men in the hospital.


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