Britt (W. O.) Papers, 1864, 1 Item

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Cite As:W. O. Britt Letter, 1864, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-S2

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Accession Number: 2004.482

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Abstract: W. O. Britt writes to a friend in Nashville in an attempt to conduct business concerning debts due him and his bank deposits. He discusses the lack of planting for two years and the general deterioration of conditions in the agricultural areas.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

W. O. Britt (1819-?) was the owner of a large general store and warehouse at Britts Landing, Perry County, Tennessee, which was established in 1839. In the 1860 Slave Census he is shown as holding 5 adults and 3 children. In 1880 he was still living with his family at the same location.

Scope and Content Note

One signed letter (May 12, 1864; 2 pages) gives insight into the difficulty of conducting business between city and countryside as well as the difficulty of communicating over the same distances. Britt noted the deterioration of agriculture in the area and the impact of the war on his personal economic fortunes: “I regret to hear you have suffered by the War I am furful if it does not stop before long we will all be ruined I have lost nearly all my stock & a great deal more in Various ways. My Negroes are still me with but they are nearly worthless owing to the Condition of the County.” He also wrote of the lack of laws to keep intruders off the land and the inability to “rent land now owing to the Scarcity of laborers & the Men all being in the Army.”

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