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William Jefferson and Nancy Falkaday Watkins Whatley letters, 1862-1866
In the 1860s, William J. Whatley and Nancy Falkaday Watkins Whatley owned an East Texas property near Caledonia in Rusk County. After William Whatley enlisted with the Confederate Army in 1862, Nancy administered their cotton farm and enslaved workers. Her correspondence describes her management of the property in the face of wartime uncertainty.
Source: An East Texas Family's Civil War: The Letters of Nancy and William Whatley, May-December 1862, ed. John T. Whatley, forward by Jacqueline Jones, LSU Press, 2019.
Letters between William Jefferson Whatley, Confederate soldier, and his wife, Nancy Falkaday Watkins Whatley, relate to camp life in the Trans-Mississippi and life on an East Texas farm. Places associated with the letters include the village of Caledonia in Rusk County. The letters relate to agriculture, slave owning, and military affairs.
Correspondence found in the collection includes letters with other family members after Nancy Whatley's death in 1862.
The correspondence consists of photostatic copies of original materials.
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William Jefferson and Nancy Falkaday Watkins Whatley Letters, 1862-1866, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.