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Label
Papers, 1861-1866
Title
Papers
Inclusive dates
1861-1866
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letters, 1861-1866, from James Fenton Bryant (1841-1909) of Southampton County, Virginia, and Company A, 13th Virginia Cavalry, to his father, James DeBerry Bryant (1805-1886); his step-mother, Mary Louise Nutt Bryant (1843-1913); and his sister Rosa E. Bryant (1844-1891), all of Southampton County, discussing army life and inquiring after relatives and friends. Bryant discusses camp life, campaigning in northeastern North Carolina during 1862, and fighting in Virginia during 1864. Also included are letters from his sister Rosa and his uncle, William R. Bryant, concerning family and local news. Bryant also received a letter from M. M. Davis and Company of Petersburg, Virginia, containing swatches of cloth for uniforms. All letters can be found in THREE REBELS WRITE HOME, pp. 37-73
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Biographical or historical data
James Fenton Bryant was born 22 February 1841 at "Bloomfield" in Southampton County, Virginia, to James Deberry Bryant and Elizabeth Sugars Bryant. He attended private school in Southampton County, and a preparatory school in Albemarle County. Bryant was attending the University of Virginia when the Civil War began. He returned to Southampton County and joined Company A, 13th Virginia Cavalry. He served for the duration of the war, and was wounded at the battles of Brandy Station and Five Forks. After the war ended, Bryant returned to the University of Virginia to finish his education. He then received his medical degree at New York University. Returning to Southampton County, Bryant began practicing medicine in the town of Franklin. When Franklin was incorporated in 1876, Bryant was elected its first mayor. Bryant also served as Southampton's first superintendent of Schools. Bryant married first Lydia Gabrielle Barrett (1852-1882), and they had at least 4 children. Bryant and his second wife, Maggie G. Bryant (b. 1867) had at least 1 child. James Fenton Bryant died 16 January 1909.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi01807.xml
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
56
Immediate source of acquisition
Jackson, Edgar
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000488321
Type of unit
leaves.

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