Henderson (William Henry) Papers, 1862-1931, 15 Items

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Copyright: The copyright of these letters is held by Navarro College Archives, Navarro College, 3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas. Internet: archives@navarrocollege.edu.

Cite As:William Henderson, 1862-1931, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civile War Collection

Location: 1-S2

Transcription(s): Yes

Scanned Copies on File: No

Accession Number: 2003.L501

Processed by: Virginia Sisk, June 2004

Reproductions of original materials and transcriptions may be available. Please contact the archivist for further information.

Abstract: Private William Henry Henderson, 7th Texas Infantry, Company G, of the Confederate Army, saw action at the siege of Atlanta, as well as the battles of Jonesboro, Georgia, and Franklin, Tennessee. The letters in this collection have numerous authors. William Henderson writes to his parents describing his war experiences. Correspondence to and from various other family members are included. There are numerous legal documents relevant to the Henderson family and their heirs.

Detailed finding aid follows.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

William Henry Henderson was born August 25, 1842, in Elbert County, Georgia. He married Amelia Caroline Dunbar and they raised their family in Freestone County, Texas. He was a Confederate soldier in the 7th Texas Infantry, Company G. William entered and was discharged from the army as a private. He died November 20, 1892 in Freestone County, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

In the first letter in this collection, describing Civil War events, dated August 29, 1864, William Henry Henderson follows the Atlants Campaign. He writes a detailed description of the Confederate Army's effort to defend Atlanta. There are references to Generals John Bell Hood, William Hardee, Stephen Dill Lee, Daniel Govan, and Hiram Granbury. Descriptions of the troop movements of both armies are included. Gen. Govan's Brigade engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the butts of their guns and bayonets. The building of fortifications and days spent behind breastworks are long and tedious.

The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Vol. 68, pgs 671-688, references many of the names, dates, and places appearing in the letters of William Henderson dated from September 1861 through April 1864. William, a member of the 7th Texas Infantry, Company G, mentions the following individuals in his letters: Hiram Bronson Granbury, Col. John Gregg, Col.. William Lewis Moody, Col. J.H. Collett, Capt. Leroy F. Moody, 2nd Lieut. Many of the Texas regiment will eventually be consolidated into one company causing much dissatisfaction among the men.

There is a reference to General Nathan Bedford Forrest's destruction of the Federal stores at Johnsonville and the capture of fifty thousand pairs of shoes. A letter, not dated, describes the shooting of a deserter by Forrest, which was witnessed by the entire brigade.

William worries about being able to go home on furlough. He states that if he is killed he wants his negroes equally divided and hired out to "good men who will take good care of them."

Several letters in the collection contain information about various members of William's family. the last transcriptions include various legal papers and correspondence concerning land titles and deeds of the Henderson family and heirs. H.B Henderson referred to in the legal documents is Henry Boyd Henderson (1882-1972) the youngest son of William H. and Amelia C. Henderson.

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