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Collection Document Box Misc. Manuscripts
Title Sasnett Family Documents
Catalog Number 2001-06-27-121839-0
Scope & Content The three documents come from from the family of Henry Harris Sasnett, who fought in the Civil War and served for the Confederacy. The letter dated November 11, 1864 was written by Mrs. Rebecca F. Green to Mrs. Sasnett, her sister. She tells her sister to buy Franie, her daughter, a hat but be careful not to spend over $50.00. Mrs. Green later says she will buy $150.00 worth of coffee. The letter reveals much of the Confederate economy and state it was in. The next artifact is Henry Sasnett's parole paper that is dated May 15, 1865, which dismissed him when the war ended. Curiously, the requirement to take the oath is crossed out. This is explained that Sasnett convinced the Union officer in charge that he was a loyal United States citizen. The last letter, dated April 7, 1870, was a letter of appreciation written by Robert E. Lee himself to Sasnett for the pair of boots that was presented by Sasnett to Lee when Lee was in Savannah, Georgia. Lee would die on October 12, 1870, so this counts as one of Lee's last letters.
Object Name Book
Date 11-11-1864; 5-15-1865; 4-7-1870
Subjects Sasnett Family.
Lee, Robert E.
MSS Misc.; - Box 1
U.S. - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Documents.
Civil War - Social life.