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Abraham G. Jones papers, 1856-1898 (bulk 1859-1898).

Author/creator Jones, Abraham G., approximately 1846-1898
Format Archival & Manuscript Material
Description0.073 cubic ft. (118 items)
Supplemental Content Finding aid
Physical mediumPaper handwritten.
Organization of materialArranged chronologically.
Summary Collection contains correspondence, diaries, and miscellany. Early letters (1856-1860) describe Jones's activities at boarding school in Nazareth, Pa. Most correspondence concerns the Civil War. Jones gives accounts of activities of Union and Confederate armies in eastern North Carolina (1862-1863) and of the campaign (1864) around Petersburg, Va. Jones comments on treatment of civilians, burning of houses, destruction of livestock, crops, and railroads, the rise of anti-secessionist sentiment among some Southerners, scarcity of provisions for the Confederate army, conditions in Winder Hospital and Richmond, Va., activities of Monroe's Volunteers of Monroe Co., Miss., the battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, camp life in eastern North Carolina, duties of an African American in a Confederate army camp, and reflections on the gubernatorial campaign between Holden and Vance (1864). Post-war correspondence consists of letters Jones wrote while studying medicine at the University of Virginia and in New York. A daybook relates Jones's travels through the deep South. An 1898 letter refers to the election campaign in North Carolina. Miscellaneous items include a Civil War diary telling of camp life and Civil War activities, a contract by which Jones's grandfather gave his slaves to his daughter, and Jones's medical school notes.
Cite as Abraham G. Jones Papers, #135, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, East Carolina University.
Reproduction noteJoyner- Photocopies. Copied at: East Carolina University, East Carolina Manuscript Collection; [1970?].
Acquisitions source Joyner- 118 items; Mrs. C.J. Lambe and Miss Nan F. Jones; Walnut Grove, NC; loaned for copying; Aug. 17, 1970.
Biographical noteAbraham Jones, a Forsyth County, N.C., native, served during the Civil War in Colonel Evans' regiment and the 5th North Carolina Cavalry. He later studied medicine.

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