University of North Texas Archives

Dr. David W. Fentress Family Papers

Collection Summary

Creator: Fentress, Dr. David W.
Title: Dr. David W. Fentress Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1858-1865
Bulk Dates: 1858-1865
Identification: MSS Dr. David Fentress Family Papers
Quantity: 1 box

Creator Sketch

David W. Fentress, a Confederate physician from Texas, exchanged letters with his family during the Civil War. He served in the Confederate army in Arkansas (1862-1863), Louisiana (1864), and Texas (1862, 1865). Dr. Fentress is listed as one of 24 Assistant Surgeons from Texas in the "Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865 [volume 3], Friday March 13, 1863." There were also nine Surgeons on the list, a total of 33 physicians from Texas.

Scope and Contents Note

This small collection consists of correspondence in which Dr. Fentress details his army experiences in both Arkansas and Texas, noting deaths in his unit and the short supply of physicians to treat the sick and wounded. Also included in this collection are notes the doctor made of telegrams received by his unit with news of progress in the war. He corresponded with his mother, Mrs. Maud C. Fentress, who lived in Bolivar, Tennessee, and wrote to his wife, Clara, who lived somewhere in Texas. There are a few other letters from other family members. Dr. Fentress wrote from several locations in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, including: Camp Groce near Hempstead, Texas; Camp Perry near Austin, Texas; Bastrop, Texas; Houston, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Bayou Bluff in "Landry Parish", Louisiana; and Alexandria, Louisiana. Consisting of only thirteen folders of letters, this small collection has not been divided into series.


The letters in this collection have been grouped by the person who wrote them. This includes Dr. David W. Fentress, Maud C. Fentress, and other unidentified family members of the Fentress family.


Restrictions on Access

Open for research.

Index Terms

Fentress, David W. Fentress, David W. -- Archives. Fentress, Maud C. Fentress, Maud C. -- Archives. Fentress family -- Archives. Confederate States of America. Army -- Surgeons. Confederate States of America -- History, Military. Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865. Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865. Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865. Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865. United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
Bolivar, Tennessee. Hempstead, Texas. Austin, Texas. Houston, Texas. Bastrop, Texas. Little Rock, Arkansas. Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Bayou Bluff, Louisiana. Alexandria, Louisiana.
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Literary Rights Statement

For reproduction of any copyrighted materials, permission must be obtained from the owner of the copyright. This is a responsibility of individual researchers, not the University Archives.

Materials are available for research only in the University of North Texas Archives, during its normal hours of operation. Materials are not loaned out. Depending upon how fragile the materials are, they may or may not be allowed to be photocopied or scanned.

Administrative Information

Administrative Information: Custodial History

The collection was donated to UNT in 1976 by M. C. Fentress.

Preferred Citation

Dr. David W. Fentress Family Papers, University of North Texas Archives, Denton, Texas.

Detailed Description of the Collection

No Series #, No Series Title

Box Folder
94 1 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to son, Dr. D. W. Fentress, 1856-1858
2 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to son, Dr. D. W. Fentress, 1859
3 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to son, Dr. D. W. Fentress, 1860-1861
4 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to son, Dr. D. W. Fentress, 1862
5 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to son, Dr. D. W. Fentress, 1863-1869
6 Letter from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to brother, 1859
7 Letters from Mrs. M. C. Fentress to her children, specific identities unknown, 1861-1864
8 Letters from D. W. Fentress to wife, Clara, 1862
9 Letters from Dr. D. W. Fentress to wife, Clara; to aunt; to unknown recipient, 1863
10 Letters from Dr. D. W. Fentress to wife, Clara, 1864
11 Fentress to wife, Clara (1865); letter from Kate Fentress to brother, D. W. Fentress (1862), 1862, 1865
12 Fentress family letters, 1865
13 Fentress family letters, 1859-1865