William C. Towle letters

William C. Towle letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: William C. Towle letters
Creator: Towle, William C., active 1830
Inclusive Dates: 1865
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (2 letters)
Collection Number: ms4092
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William C. Towle was a Union surgeon with both the 12th Maine Veteran Battalion and the 8th Indiana Veteran Volunteers during the Civil War.

Scope and Content

Two letters from Union surgeon William C. Towle written to his wife. First letter dates February 26, 1865 and details Towle's time in Savannah with the army and the newly free enslaved people he has hired since arriving. "I am living well, I pay a colored woman three dollars a month to cook for me, I have a man to take care of my horses and another to wait upon me..."

Second letter dates May 29, 1865 and details his time in Augusta, seeing Jeff Davis pass through the town, and his knowledge of newly emancipated enslaved people who are told to "not consider the word Freedom as meaning Freedom from labor." Towle ends his second letter by promising to send "a negro girl" to his wife.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William C. Towle letters, ms4092, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1865 Access Online

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