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David Wendel Fentress was born on December 5, 1833, in Hardeman, Tennessee to David Fentress (1794-1856) and Matilda “Maud” Caroline Wendel Fentress (1809–1887). In 1856 he received his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. By 1858 he was living in Texas, and on March 10, 1858 he married Clara Frances Brown (1836-1872) in Caldwell County, Texas. He farmed in Texas until the start of the Civil War. On March 27, 1862, he enlisted as a private, Company K, Allen’s Regiment (17
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Contains the papers of Maud C. Fentress and the Fentress family concerning life in Tennessee and Texas during the Civil War period, including David W. Fentress's letters to Clara Fentress about Confederate activity in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas; treating the Confederate sick and wounded; and personal and family news. Also included are notes David made of telegrams received by his unit with news of progress in the war. He corresponded with his mother, Mrs. Maud C. Fentress, who lived in Bolivar, Tennessee, and wrote to his wife, Clara, who lived somewhere in Texas. There are a few other letters from other family members. Dr. Fentress wrote from several locations in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, including: Camp Groce near Hempstead, Texas; Camp Perry near Austin, Texas; Bastrop, Texas; Houston, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Bayou Bluff in "Landry Parish", Louisiana; and Alexandria, Louisiana.