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Andrew Baxter Springs letter

 Collection — Box: SFC3 [F09.090.03.01], Folder: 245
Identifier: MS0245

Scope and Contents

Three-page letter (12-15-1864) from Andrew Baxter Springs to Confederate Congressman F. B. Sexton. In the letter, Springs expresses his optimism about the Civil War, with specific references about Union general William T. Sherman and Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Springs also extends an invitation to Sexton to the spend the Congressional holiday recess with him at his plantation, "Springfield." [Correspondence from Sexton to Springs is available in the Springs Family Papers in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.]

Dates

  • 1864 - 1864

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Springs was born near Fort Mill, York District, S.C. on October 21, 1819 to John and Mary Springs. In 1860 he was elected from York to the Secession Convention and signed the Ordinance of Secession. Although most of his life was spent on the plantation of his birth, "Springfield," he moved to Charlotte late in life. Springs died on January 27, 1886 while visiting New York City and was buried in Charlotte. During the final days of the Civil War, Confederate president Jefferson Davis spent the night of April 26, 1865 at "Springfield." One of the last meetings of his cabinet took place the next day on the plantation's grounds. Franklin Barlow Sexton (1828-1900), an attorney, slaveholding farmer, and politician, served in the Confederate congress as an elected member from the Fourth Congressional District of Texas. [For additional biographical information about Springs, see Katherine Wooten Springs, The Squires of Springfield (1965). For additional information about Sexton, see Jon L. Wakelyn, Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy (1977) and Richard N. Current, ed., Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. (1993).]

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Three-page letter (12-15-1864) from Andrew Baxter Springs to Confederate Congressman F. B. Sexton. In the letter, Springs expresses his optimism about the Civil War, with specific references about Union general William T. Sherman and Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Springs also extends an invitation to Sexton to the spend the Congressional holiday recess with him at his plantation, "Springfield." [Correspondence from Sexton to Springs is available in the Springs Family Papers in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Scott Cramer of Winston-Salem, N.C., October, 1997.

Available Online

The Andrew Baxter Springs letter has been digitized and can be found online at: http://digitalcollections.uncc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16033coll4

Related Materials

Springs Family Papers (Mss 73). Springs Family Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #4121 [a microfilm copy of this collection is available in the UNC Charlotte Manuscript Collection, Springs Family Papers (Mss 73)].

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, October 1997.
Title
Andrew Baxter Springs letter
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Randy Penninger
Date
1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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