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  • Papers, 1810-1862, of William H. Brodnax (1786-1834) of Brunswick, Greensville, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, consisting of accounts, addresses, correspondence, military orders, resolutions, and speeches concerning, religion, slaves, timber, the Virginia state militia, politics, legal affairs, and personal matters. Include letters from Robert G. Withers of Greene County, Alabama concerning his plantation there; and a military order, 25 May 1862, assigning Private T. M. Pledger of Company G, 22nd Georgia Infantry to nursing duties in the South Carolina hospital at Petersburg, Virginia
  • Correspondence includes: letters, 1824-1827, from William Mayo Atkinson (1796-1849) of Petersburg, Virginia, discussing religion and the possibility of Brodnax becoming professor of law at the University of Virginia; letter, n.d., from Richard Bolling concerning the purchase of a slave; letter, 21 February 1828, from Joseph Goodwyn regarding timber for Brodnax; letters, 1826, from John Grammer, Jr., (1796-1871) of Alexandria, Virginia, discussing the sale of slaves and religion; letter, 17 November 1828, from John J. Hinton concerning the militia courts for the Greensville County militia; letter, 10 February 1824, from Etheldred H. Lundy of Petersburg regarding Brodnax's election as brigadier general of the Virginia militia and Lundy's engagement; letter, 9 May 1825, from John Fitzhugh May (1784-1856) of Petersburg concerning his departure from Brunswick County and his election to the House of Delegates; letter, 1 September 1827, from A. P. Smith of Brunswick County regarding a law suit for the settlement of his father's estate; letter, 1 March 1828, from Belfield Starke concerning a bond; letter, 11 June 1827, from William Thornby of Caroline County discussing the purchase of slaves; and letter, 12 February 1828, from Burwell Bassett Wilkes (1805-1878) of Brunswick County regarding instituting a lawsuit to recover a slave
  • Also includes an address, 6 March 1810, on the Indians of South America by Brodnax delivered to a philosophical society; an undelivered speech, 1829, by Brodnax addressed to the voters of Dinwiddie County concerning the election for the Virginia constitutional convention of 1829-1830; accounts, 1829-1831, of Robert Withers with Brodnax; and a letter, 3 October 1824, to Colonel Albert Allmand (1793-1831), Inspector of the 4th Division regarding the staff of the 15th Brigade, Virginia militia, of which Brodnax is the commanding general. Also contains a resolution, 25 October 1834, by the Greensville County Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery to the family of Brodnax upon his death. Includes a military order, 25 May 1862, from Major-General Benjamin Huger (1805-1877), assigning Private T. M. Pledger of Company G, 22nd Georgia Infantry to nursing duties in the South Carolina Hospital at Petersburg, Virginia
  • Also contains letters, 1823-1834, from Robert W. Withers of Greene County, Alabama, to Brodnax in which Withers comments about his move from Madison County, Alabama, to Greene County; his purchase and transportation of slaves both in Alabama and from Virginia, as well as the health of his slaves; his purchases of land; the death of his brother and the settlement of the estate; his sister-in-law Eliza Withers; the conditions of Withers' crops, especially his cotton and his corn; the sale of his cotton; droughts; land grants in the southwest from the federal government to French soldiers; the purchase of lands in Mississippi by Douglas Wilkins and Wilkins' hope to bring some of his mother's slaves from Virginia; Withers' travels in Alabama and Mississippi; his trip to New Orleans, including a sighting of Andrew Jackson and a description of the city; his plans for a trip to the Great Lakes and to New York, New York; his finances including requests to borrow money; and horses
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William Henry Brodnax was born in 1786 in Brunswick County, Virginia. He practiced law in Brunswick, Dinwiddie, and Greensville Counties, and Petersburg, Virginia. He represented Greensville County in the House of Delegates in 1818-1819 and represented Dinwiddie County in 1830-1833. Brodnax was a representative in the state constitutional convention of 1829-1830. Appointed Brigadier General of the Virginia Militia, Brodnax led troops in the aftermath of the Nat Turner Slave insurrection in 1831. Brodnax died 24 October 1834.
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Hart, John
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The letters are arranged alphabetically by author and by date therein.
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