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Civil War era letters to James H. Lowrey, Athens, Tenn., 1865.

Identifier: MM.2010.007

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Athens, East Tennessee. April 29,1865, contents include Lincoln Assassination and local Bushwhackers. To James H. Lowery, Esq., Athens, Tenn. From H. W. McNabb, Sand Springs. Mc Nabb anxious to collect money due him, he wants to buy a mower. Settlement of a relative's will and how soon to receive the money. "Please hurry up your collections, the Fall is a bad time to travel, as all the bushwhackers are not yet dead. Times are quiet here and the prospects for peace are brightening. I, with every honest man say 'Glory Halelujah' for the success of the Federal arms. I have not language to express my abhorrence of the assassination of our worthy President. May the fiends of the lower regions haunt him (the assassin) and the parties that incour him to the deed into the grave." 4 pages, with cover which has the stamp cut out of the corner. Letter Home from Webster Co., Mo., to J. H. Lowery. Dec. 11, 1865. Postwar attempt to collect a long overdue debt. " We now have an Attorney in that country by this time." "There is no reason why you should not settle now except that it be that you are trying to poke off on us some of your confederate trash." "You say that you hold a receipt on the cashier of The Bank of Tennessee at Athens for the amount of $300 in C. S. Bonds." We never even got the bonds. "You were made the custodian of that estate in good faith and the heirs will hold you responsible for all that came into your hands. Tho' you obey the command or order of every outlaw in the so - called C. S. The letter goes on to be threatening and to the point, and ends by saying, "I Furthur desire you to let me know the exact sums of Confederate trash you have received in payment of debts due in Father's estate and from whom received. Also the sums you have paid out in said trash and to whom paid." Signed H. W. McNabb. As seen from other letters, Lowery had worried everyone who owed him in an attempt to make this situation right, but the Civil War and the situation in East Tenn. had forced two opposing governments on the people and folks were left holding worthless confederate money and bonds. This letter is separating at some folds and nearly separated at the top fold. Very legible, but the ink has faded some. No cover. 2 pages. Civil War Letter, Sweetwater to Riceville, East Tennessee, March 30, 1865. Federal Army owes money and took 8 horses. Won't pay. No one in this area has anything left worth selling to raise money. James Atkins writes J. H. Lowery that even his honest debtors can't pay. "man up in Bradley Co. owes me some money but he is in the condition of a great many others," and to sue a man these times 'is too hard'. The Federal Army has 8 of my horses besides corn, hogs and hay and yet not one cent of pay. Wheeler's Raid last summer took 3 horses, the last I had. Can't pay you. You know of conditions in our country, how many of the citizens have been stripped of all they had and can hardly live. 2 page letter with cover which bears a Chattanooga cancel. The stamp has been cut out of the corner.


  • 1865

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Civil War era letters to James H. Lowrey, Athens, Tenn., 1865.
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