Fannie Wallace Letter to Mannie & Sissie Tuten 29 July 1863

Source: Arthur Whitford Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, #18.1.a
Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo
Description: Letter from Fannie Wallace to Mannie and Sissie Tuten, 29 July 1863

Fannie Wallace Civil War Letter 29 July 1863

This little letter is from a young woman in Greensboro, North Carolina to her grandparents, Mannie and Sissie Tuten. It offers a glimpse into social life in the South during the crisis of the Civil War. Written less than a month after the Battle of Gettysburg (1-3 July) and the Fall of Vicksburg (4 July 1863) that ended any hope of Confederate victory, Fannie makes no mention of these disasters. Instead, she focuses on her family and social activities, her friends and her parties. She writes that her cousins are visiting and wishes they could be with them too. She passes on Nancie’s request for some snuff. Fannie knows there is a war on and that there are shortages. Indeed, she proclaims her patriotism: she is writing with Confederate ink on a Confederate spelling book and danced with two Confederate officers at a Ball. Either she did not understand the seriousness of the military situation, or, perhaps, more likely, did not wish to think about them or burden her grandparents with her worries.

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    Manuscripts and Rare Books Dept.
    J. Y. Joyner Library
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC 2834

  3. Dear microsoft:

    Thank you for your comment on my Staff Pick post on the Fannie Wallace Letter to Mannie & Sissie Tuten 29 July 1863. I’m glad that you found it interesting and engaging. I agree that you “Gotta love to see a piece of history like that”. I also found it interesting that less than a month after the Battle of Gettysburg — the most significant battle in the Civil War — Miss Wallace failed to mention the battle or the course of the war. Instead, she talked about the balls and dances she attended and family news. I wanted to show that life goes on, even during world shaking events, especially for teenagers. Please do return to this site each week to see the latest item selected from our collection by the staff. Best wishes,

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    Special Collections Curator
    Manuscripts & Rare Books Department
    J. Y. Joyner Library
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC 27858

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