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MS 235 John B. Crenshaw Papers

Correspondence between Crenshaw and Friends (many from North Carolina) who were conscripted into the Confederate Army and sought help in gaining their release during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865).

Transcription of Tilghman Vestal documents

Tilghman Vestal Documents

Abstracts of documents relating to Tilghman Vestal which are a part of the John B. Crenshaw Papers are presented below. Links to a typescript version of the full correspondence is available as a PDF. Links to images of the original handwritten pages are provided to the right. Additional documents from the Crenshaw papers are provided separately as Correspondence.

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Note on papers belonging to Tilghman's diary.

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Note about Tilgham's papers, brief biography.

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Vestal, Tilgham (letter? Journal?), 2nd mo., tells of being sent to Salisbury and his problems with insisting he is not a soldier but a citizen, describes housing and a run in with an Irishman who struck him. Hard to read.

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Vestal, Tilgham, journal entry, 3-20, received a letter from Crenshaw stating he can be released and get a situation in Richmond, his discharge to be sent to Salisbury. It was not done and on 1-4 an order from Gen. Winder sending him to Castle Thunder on the morning of the 5th was released.

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Vestal, Tilgham, journal, 10-10-1863   -   12-21-63,  moving from camp to camp and to Richmond, Crenshaw visits, in hospital with mumps.

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Mendenhall, Judith, (Tilgham's aunt) 3-12-63, to J.B. Crenshaw, asks that tax be paid for Tilgham, let Cyrus Mendenhall (Greensboro) or herself (High Point) know if someone should come to Richmond on Tilgham's account.

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Vestal, C.M., Greenville, TN, 8-9-1863, Tilgham's cousin, urges him to come to stay in Greenville if he is released, promises him work.

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Vestal, C.M., Greenville, TN, 8-27-63, offers to loan money to Tilgham to pay exemption tax. Letter overwritten with Latin vocabulary words in Tilgham's handwriting.

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Crenshaw, John B., Recounce (Crenshaw's farm near Richmond, Va.), 9-5-63, to T.V., refers to Jonathan Harris' letter telling of sufferings of Himelius and Jesse Hockett, sent memorial to Secretary of War on Tilgham's case, suggests payment of tax may be made in good conscience, explains areat Tilgham may have misunderstood, decision is up to Tilgham, offers help if he wants tax paid. Quotes order re exemption signed by J.A. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War.

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Vestal, Tilgham, Orange C.H., Va., 9-12-63, to J.B. Crenshaw, thanks him for clarification on exemption tax and for his offer of help. Second page of different letter attached, tells of his daily life, his wounds are healing and he is well-treated.

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Crenshaw, J.B., Recounce, 10-3-63, to T.V., discourses on the example of Christ who paid tribute and the exemption tax Tilgham hesitates to pay, considers "snares" the offer of clothes to Tilgham at government prices, the preparing of meals for soldiers and the selling of apples, all of which may be compromising principles as much as paying the tax.

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Mendenhall, Judith, 10-20-1863, to J.B. Crenshaw, reports brother Cyrus wishes Crenshaw to pay tax for Tilgham without consulting him. She has reservations.

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Mendenhall, Nereus, New Garden, 10-23-1863, to Crenshaw, encourages arranging "for Tilgham Vestal to go on the same condition with the Hockett boys."

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Mendenhall, Merry (Tilgham's grandmother), Jamestown, 2-8-1864, to Tilgham, writing because Delphina and Judith (T.'s aunts) are both in Richmond, apologizes for letter as she can't see the lines. Back of letter is T.'s journal telling of having a book stolen. Parts are badly faded.

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Crenshaw, John B., Recounce, 2-26-1864, to Judith Mendenhall, reports interview with Assistant Secretary of War Campbell. Tilgham will not be allowed to pay exemption tax. Judge Campbell asks Crenshaw to suggest government work on which T. would accept a detail.

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Crenshaw, John B., Recounce, 2-27-1864, to T.V., very faded, almost illegible. On back is letter from T.V. to his aunt Judith Mendehall from Salisbury, mentions Thomas Martin.

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Vestal, Tilman R., Salisbury, 3-2-1864, to Crenshaw, refuses to accept a detail doing any government work. Following signature is a letter to "aunt Judith". He is sending his letter to Crenshaw to his aunt and asks her to say anything to "Friend Crenshaw" she can as he doesn't know what to say.

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Mendenhall, Judith, 3-1-1864, to Crenshaw, prefers Tilgham stay where he is to his being detailed to do anything that would aid the government. Would not object to T.'s erecting a pottery with profits to go to benefit the needy. Asks if Jefferson Davis is a Free Mason or an Odd Fellow. Mentions Dr. Benbow, Dover M.M. and J. Cox of New Garden.

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Notes by Tilgham Vestal on the chronology of his imprisonment at Salisbury; miscellaneous observations.

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Parr, David and Sons, Richmond, 3-17-1864, certificates approving Tilghmans' remaining at Jamestown, NC, for 10 days on his way from Salisbury. (Tilghman was detailed to work in David Parr and Sons Pottery)

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Vestal, Tilman R., Salisbury, 3-26-1864, to Crenshaw thanking him for arranging for T. to work at a pottery in Richmond. Acknowledges receipt of certificate allowing him to stopover in Jamestown on his way to Richmond.

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Wilson, Kate, Forks of Pigeon, 4-4-?, to "cousin", describes trip to Webster and Waynesville, will return to Franklin; mentions brother William, sister Mary, John Hoke, Miss Gould, Laura and Jethro, sister Evalina, Levi Cox.

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Crenshaw, John B., Recounce, 3-16-1864, to Judith Mendenhall describing arrangements made for Tilghman to work at pottery and for him to spend 10 days in Jamestown. On the back is a copy of order dated 4-4-1864 sending T. to work for David Parr and Sons; Crenshaw has original. Also copy of permission granted by David Parr and Sons dated 6-22-1864 for T. to repair to New Garden. Note dated 11-64 describes copy as means of his coming to schoolat New Garden on 7-22-1864. Approved by J.A. Campbell.

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Vestal, Tilghman, 4-10-1864, to "Aunt" (Minerva Mendenhall?), describes his release from Castle Thunder to Parr, visit to Crenshaw, impressions of pottery and his accomodations there.Attends meeting at Whitlock's, river in flood. Mentions Junius Brown, Judith Mendenhall.

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? (signature illegible), Richmond, 4-19-1882, to "cousin" (probably T.V.), offers his services relative to business prospects if T. chooses to remove to Virginia. Discusses slavery and the Missouri Compromise. Refers to "your conjugal connections" (T. was married in 1876)

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Vestal, Tilghman, Jamestown, 7-23-1864, to Crenshaw, "Friend John", reports on train trip from Richmond via Danville and Greensboro to Jamestown, met by Charley Crump, mentions Aunt Judith, his grandmother, Aunt Delphina and Able Garner.

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Mendenhall, Delphina, Jamestown, 1-8-1864, to T.V., sympathy towards Tilghman in prison, encourages him in his faith, offers help.

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Crenshaw, Judith (J.B. Crenshaw's wife), Rocounce, 8-13-1864, to T.V., news of her family, mentions Jonathan Harris, A.V. Tomlinson, Jane Whitlock.

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Crenshaw, Judith, Rocounce, 9-10-1864, to T.V., reports death of daughter Mary. Federals near Richmond, members coming to YM from Northampton had to come via Greeensboro because of the war. Asks Tilghman to "publish to the world" his experiences as a testimony of faith. Mentions Parr.

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Crenshaw, Judith, Rocounce, 11-30-1864, to T.V., at Tilghman's request is sending his letters written to Crenshaw.

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Crenshaw, Judith, Rocounce, 11-12-1864, to T.V., enclosing "Flag of Truce letter", describes trip to Greensboro and stay with Dr. Benbow, mentions funeral of Edward Pleasants, husband of Crenshaw's cousin Micajah Bates' daughter who died 2 years before.

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Vestal, Tilghman, Orange C.H., 8-21-1863, to Crenshaw, reviews his army experiences from the time he was conscripted in Tennessee.

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