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Letter from Mary A. Windsor to Zebulon Baird Vance, February 1, 1865


Letter from Mary A. Windsor to Zebulon Baird Vance, February 1, 1865


The letter is an appeal to the Governor Vance of North Carolina from Mary A. Windsor to release her husband from duty to care for the family farm. Reidsville is in the Piedmont of North Carolina north of Greensboro. Windsor had other sons but they were incomplete to care for her and her many daughters. Windsor appealed to the Governor on her female frailty to help her in her state of need. She felt that her husband did his duty and belongs at home. She listed her husband’s information so the governor can relieve him of duty.


Windsor, Mary A.


Letter from Mary A. Windsor to Zebulon Baird Vance, February 1, 1865, The Zebulon Baird Vance Papers, vol. 15.6, p. 771, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina.




Vanek, Elizabeth




Reidsville, North Carolina

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Reidsville NC Feb. the 1st 1865
Gov Vance Honored Sir,
Permit me the pleasure of communicating to you a few of my thoughts by way of letter and of asking a great favor of you that is concerning my dear and beloved husband who has been gone from home three months in over 49 years of age has a very large family is in number all females but three my oldest son is going on 23 years has fits monthly never even going to mill by himself some are always has to go with him everywhere he goes out next son is about twelve years of course they are neither of the much account towards supporting a large family. My husband has lived mostly by farming ever since he has been large enough to do any work has tolerable farm has very nearly always make enough corn to do him but failed last year owing to the great drought last summer and i have no one now to superintend and as you have in your power to detail him (it would be the greatest accommodation to me in the world besides more than accommodation to him). May God now teach you to look on helpful infancy and delicate females with tender mercy and I fear our country is fast being subjugation and what the consequences are will be unknown to me you know very well Honored Sir that all seek seen men he is would be great deal more service to his country at home on his farm than he would be on the field now you have heard some of my sad condition but I cannot command language to describe all things as bad they are now have laid my condition before you do that best you can for me and you will always have my best wishes for you present and future welfare. with the greatest respect
Mary A Windsor
My husband is at Pohotalig l CA Private Windsor 7th Reg Senior Reserve under Capt-Williams Col Shober Commanding. Write immediately after the reception of this and oblige one wife is in deep distress
My Address is
Reidsville N Carolina


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Windsor, Mary A. , Letter from Mary A. Windsor to Zebulon Baird Vance, February 1, 1865, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 21, 2024,