Maud C. Fentress Papers, 1856-1869Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Maud C. Fentress Papers, 1856-1869Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1862-1865
ID: 01/ HM.4
Primary Creator: Fentress, Matilda "Maud" Caroline Wendel (1809-1887)
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The correspondence are arranged by the name of the person who wrote the letter, then by date.
Forms of Material: Correspondence
Languages: English


Correspondence from Maud C. Fentress to her son Doctor David W. Fentress, her other children, and between Dr. Fentress and his wife Clara.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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 (17th Texas Infantry), 25th Brigade, Confederate States Army. On October 28, 1862, he passed the Confederate Army Board of Medical Examiners for the post/rank of Assistant Surgeon, Little Rock, Arkansas. He was then transferred to Morgan’s Squadron.  On April 4, 1963, he was confirmed as Assistant Surgeon from Texas by the Confederate States Senate, and ordered to report to General T.H. Holmes, and became Assistant Surgeon, Morgan’s Squadron Texas Cavalry, District of Arkansas, Trans-Mississippi Department. He subsequently served with Carter’s Brigade, Gen. J.S. Marmaduke’s Division, District of Arkansas, as Assistant Surgeon, General Hospital, Houston, Texas, and as Assistant Surgeon, Post Hospital, Houston, Texas. In February of 1865 he was transferred to San Antonio, Texas.  After the war, he went back to his farm in Texas, but in April 1871 he and his family moved to Bolivar, Tennessee, where he continued his medical practice. On February 7, 1872, his wife Clara passed away in San Saba County, Texas. In 1873 or 1874, he married his 2nd wife, Nancy Elizabeth “Connie” Murray (1854-1915).  In June 1880, he was working as a druggist in San Saba County, Texas.  Dr. David W. Fentress passed away on May 16, 1889 in San Saba, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Preferred Citation: Maud C. Fentress Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History: April 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - fixed dates, modified Scope/Content


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