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  • Letters, 1834-1866, of Fletcher Archer (1817-1902) of Petersburg, Virginia, consisting of correspondence from family and friends including Hezekiah Archer, F. M. Archer, and W. R. Drinkard. Hezekiah Archer discusses his store business, F. M. Archer discusses his finances and farming, while W. R. Drinkard discusses being a school teacher. Also includes a letter from "William L." concerning Randolph-Macon College in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and his preaching. Also contains a letter from Mary E. Whitlock to her aunt Elizabeth Simpson of Petersburg
  • Includes: a) letter, 1 December 1834, from Mary E. Whitlock to her aunt, Elizabeth Simpson of Petersburg stating that her husband has bought a plantation, sending personal news, and wishing her relatives would visit; b) letter, 14 November 1836, from W. R. Drinkard of Petersburg to Fletcher Archer regarding repairs for Archer's watch, offering Archer advice on becoming a teacher and beginning a school, and describing prayer meetings in Petersburg; c) letter, 16 September 1843, from "William L." at Randolph-Macon College in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, to Fletcher Archer wishing Archer would write and describing his preaching at meetings; d) letter, 19th March 1845, from Hezekiah Archer in Danville, Virginia, to Leroy and Fletcher Archer providing information to Leroy about a rental property in Danville and informing Fletcher of conditions in Danville, that he is deputy postmaster, vice president of the sabbath school society, and is a sensation among the ladies, and asking Fletcher to have Roper and Anderson to send supplies for his store; e) letter, 31 October 1845, from Hezekiah Archer to Fletcher Archer informing Fletcher of a trip to Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, and providing personal news; f) letter, 1 May 1861, from F. M. Archer to Fletcher Archer concerning his finances and Fletcher Archer's volunteering for the war; and g) letter, 6 June 1866, from F. M. Archer in Southampton County, Virginia, to Fletcher Archer informing him that the family is well and that they are tending their crops
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Fletcher Harris Archer was born 6 February 1817 in Petersburg, Virginia, to Allen Archer and Prudence Whitworth Archer. He attended schools in Petersburg, then the University of Virginia, from where he graduated in 1841. Archer returned to Petersburg and began his law career. Captain of the 7th Company, 39th Virginia Militia, he raised a company for service during the Mexican war. His company went to Mexico in 1847 and served under General Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) until the end of the war. When Virginia seceded in 1861, Archer raised a company named "Archer Rifles," part of the 12th Virginia Infantry. Archer was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the army before retiring in May 1862. In 1864, Archer became a major in the Virginia Reserves during the Petersburg campaign. His reserve battalion was responsible for helping prevent the Union's capture of Petersburg in June 1864. Archer remained with the Confederate army until its surrender in 1865, and he returned to Petersburg to resume his law career. Archer served as mayor of Petersburg from 1882 to 1883. He married first Eliza Ann Eppes Allen (d. 1851) and they had 1 daughter. He married Martha Georgianna Morton Barksdale 31 March 1863, and they had no children. Archer died 21 August 1902 in Petersburg, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery.
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Dietrich, K.
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  • leaves and 18
  • p.

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