Guide to the William T. Presley Papers, RG 799

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: December 2003

Date Span:

0.10 cubic feet; 3 items.

Number of Boxes:
1 file folder.

Type of material:
Personal correspondence

Physical condition:
Extensive aging and foxing.

Arranged chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
William T. Presley was born in South Carolina in 1835. He was a resident of Robinson Springs, Autauga County, Alabama prior to the American Civil War and was listed as a farmer in the 1860 national census. He and his wife, Henryetta (maiden name may have been Ward), had four children, named Augustus, George, Columbus and Antonette. In the fall of 1861, he enlisted in a local cavalry unit which was later organized on November 12, 1861 as Company A of the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment. His war record was not evident in any of the correspondence or in the regimental history. He survived the war and relocated his family to Cherokee County, Georgia.

Scope and Content:
Consist of three letters written by William T. Presley to his wife Henryetta from October of 1862 to June of 1863. Includes information on the condition of Confederate hospitals in Atlanta, health conditions of friends and family in his regiment and others, and camp life while in Tullahoma and Middleton, Tennessee.

Keyword descriptors:
Presley family
1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment, Company A
United State - Civil War - 1861-1865

Geographical identifiers:
Atlanta, Georgia
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Middleton, Bedford County, Tennessee

Item list:

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