Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the James M. Reding Letter, 1863 MS 107



creator Reding, James M.
Title: James M. Reding Letter
Dates: 1863
Abstract: A letter written during the Civil War in December 1863 by James M. Reding, a Confederate soldier, to his sister concerning recent action near his army camp, including capture of a Union boat in Matagorda Bay, Texas, and the arrival of a Confederate boat loaded with arms; he also advises against his brother Bob’s enlistment in the army before reaching eighteen years of age.
Identification: MS 107
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(1 letter)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Nothing is known of James M. Reding, a Confederate soldier during the United States Civil War (1861-1865), other than a few brief references in his letter. The address he gives at the end of his letter indicates that he was attached to Company I [or J] in Terrill’s Regiment, South Carolina, stationed at that time in Brazoria, Texas. In addition to a sister (to whom the letter is written), he mentions a brother, whom he advises to stay at home to help their mother rather than enlisting in the army before turning eighteen years of age.


Scope and Contents

A letter written during the Civil War in December 1863 by James M. Reding, a Confederate soldier, to his sister concerning recent action near his army camp, including capture of a Union boat in Matagorda Bay, Texas, and the arrival of a Confederate boat loaded with arms; he also advises against his brother Bob’s enlistment in the army before reaching eighteen years of age.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the James Reding Letter must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Reding, James M.
Places
Gulf of Mexico--Matagorda Bay
United States
Genres
corrrespondence

Related Materials

See also other Civil War era collections in the Woodson Research Center.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Reding Letter, 1863, MS107, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Provenance

The James M. Reding Letter was purchased from a dealer in September 1962.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Letter

Folder
1 Letter 1863