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Index Terms

Separated Material

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University of Texas Arlington

Oliver S. Kennedy Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kennedy, Oliver S., 1841-1909
Title: Oliver S. Kennedy Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1853-approximately 1926
Bulk Dates: 1861-1869
Abstract: Oliver S. Kennedy was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, on January 24, 1841, to William W. Kennedy and Cynthia Palmer. He served in Company C, 16th Alabama Infantry, during the Civil War, and married his sweetheart Georgie Foster by 1869. Kennedy moved to Fort Worth in 1877 with his father and became active in Democratic Party politics, serving on the state executive committee for eight years. He was made an honorary member of the Fort Worth Rifles, Company G, Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Guard in 1884. In 1886, Kennedy platted the city of Kennedale, Texas, which was named in his honor. The Oliver S. Kennedy Papers are primarily comprised of letters written by Kennedy to Georgie during the Civil War and the years shortly thereafter. The collection additionally contains Foster family genealogical materials including the earliest item, an 1853 letter thought to be written by Georgie's mother, Susan Cheatham Foster, discussing her move Enterprise, Florida, for health reasons.
Identification: AR551, OS620
Extent: 2 folders (0.04 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Oliver S. Kennedy was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, on January 24, 1841, to William W. Kennedy and Cynthia Palmer. He served in Company C, 16th Alabama Infantry, during the Civil War and married his sweetheart Georgie Foster by 1869. Kennedy moved to Fort Worth in 1877 with his father and became active in Democratic Party politics, serving on the state executive committee for eight years. He was made an honorary member of the Fort Worth Rifles, Company G, Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Guard in 1884. In 1886, Kennedy platted the city of Kennedale, Texas, which was named in his honor.

Sources:


  • Brian Hart, "KENNEDALE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hjk03), accessed November 26, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  • Oliver S. Kennedy Papers, AR551, OS620, Folders 1 and 2.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, genealogical materials, certificate. The Oliver S. Kennedy Papers are primarily comprised of letters written by Kennedy to his sweetheart, later wife, Georgie Foster, during the Civil War and the years shortly thereafter. Kennedy's 1884 certificate of honorary membership in the Fort Worth Rifles is also included. The collection additionally contains Foster family genealogical materials including the earliest item, an 1853 letter thought to be written by Georgie's mother, Susan Cheatham Foster, discussing her move Enterprise, Florida, for health reasons.

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Organization

The materials are arranged chronologically followed by undated items.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Kennedy, Oliver S.--Archives.
Foster family--Archives.
Organizations
Confederate States of America--Army--Alabama Infantry Regiment, 16th.
Subjects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives--Confederate.
Places
Kennedale (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Separated Material

A newspaper clipping that was photocopied for preservation purposes and an envelope were removed from the collection.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Gurvis Post, a descendant of Oliver S. Kennedy, 2010.

Citation

Oliver S. Kennedy Papers, 1853-approximately 1926, AR551, OS620, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 2010.

Accessioned as number 2010-65.

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Container List

 

Box Folder
OS620 1 Letters and documents, 1853-approximately 1926
Eleven letters, primarily written by Oliver Kennedy to Georgie during the Civil War; one Fort Worth Rifles honorary membership certificate, and James Causey Hendrick's application for membership in the Children of the American Revolution.
1.1
S. L. F. [Susan Cheatham Foster] to her sister, Enterprise, [Florida], January 3, 1853
The writer has apparently relocated to Enterprise for health reasons, leaving her husband behind. She thanks her sister for her kindness to her husband, and gives detailed instructions for clothing and supplies that she would like the sister to make or arrange to be sent for herself and [daughters] Georgie and Jenny. Others discussed in the letter are a brother Ned, Uncle John Walker, Miss Cockrile, Mrs. Shelby, Uncle William and Aunt Melissa; locales mentioned are Cincinnati, Nashville, and New Orleans.
1.2
O.S. Kennedy to Georgie, Decatur, [Alabama], March 10, 1861
Has just arrived at camp, General Woods' headquarters. He feels it his "imperative duty to go forth in to the army to vindicate my country's honor - to battle for rights dear to us all and which involve the existence of our infant Republic...." There are rumors they will "go down the road" to Tuscumbia or Florence the following day.
1.3
[Oliver Kennedy] to Georgie, Iuka, Mississippi, March 8, 1862
Brigade headquarters has ordered the cooking of one day's rations and packing all but tents for quick departure; he anticipates a bloody battle in which they may experience victory or defeat; there is a secret joy in the faithful discharge of duty.
1.4
[Oliver Kennedy] to Georgie, from camp near Iuka, Mississippi (fragment), March 18, 1862
Kennedy discusses the arrival of the second battalion in the night; sad misfortune, but the cause is missing; and his desire to be with Georgie. Envelope is addressed to Georgie Foster, Florence, Alabama.
1.5
Oliver Kennedy to Georgie, Corinth, Mississippi, March 24, 1862
Written from the headquarters of the 16th Alabama Regiment in Mississippi, the letter conveys Kennedy's caring for Georgia, the strength of the force in which he serves, the likelihood of enemy attack, and his motivation for fighting.
1.6
[Oliver Kennedy] to Georgie, Tupelo, Mississippi, June 12, 1862
Written from the headquarters of the 16th Regiment of Alabama volunteers, Kennedy inquires after her health; expresses regret that Georgia is now behind Federal lines; discusses the army’s plans to advance into Tennessee; and gives small mention of the Battle of Shiloh.
1.7
O.S. Kennedy to Georgie, Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 18, 1862
Kennedy writes of a meeting with Georgie’s father at a hotel; a prisoner exchange that is soon to take place; orders from Colonel Hood that he be exchanged; laments being in a camp with strangers; and wishes to be home for Christmas.
1.8
Oliver S. Kennedy to Georgie, Louisville, Kentucky, February 23, 1869
Kennedy discusses dining with a Mr. Hurd, whose wealth he describes and the beauty of the Yankee city.
1.9
[Oliver Kennedy] to Georgie, Nashville, Tennessee, October 22, 1869
Kennedy discusses visiting commission merchants to purchase two horses; getting a judgment in their Parrish case; the horse races and their spectators; and his lodging and dining accommodations at Maxwell House.
1.10
Oliver S. Kennedy to Georgie, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25, 1869
Kennedy writes that he had just shipped their two new mares "Abbey" and "Juliet;" is homesick for her and the children; and that he will be travelling for Murfreesboro then on to Shelbyville or Stevenson.
1.11
Oliver S. Kennedy to Georgie, Nashville, Tennessee, December 1, 1869
Kennedy describes the health of various family members; speaks of Georgie’s father who was having trouble with the railroads; writes optimistically about the state of his cotton business in cotton; and that the Parrish case has held him up in town.
1.12
Fort Worth Rifles certificate, October 8, 1884
Kennedy was made an honorary member of the Fort Worth Rifles, Company G, Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteer Guard.
1.12
Children of the American Revolution application for membership, approximately 1926
James Causey Hendrick's application based on Revolutionary service of Anthony Foster, II.
Box Folder
OS620 2 Letters and documents, undated
Letter written August 17, [no year], to Oliver Kennedy by Will L. Foster, thought to be Georgie Foster's brother; letter fragments; manuscript listing of Georgie Foster Kennedy's parents and grandparents; Oliver S. Kennedy typescript biography; and Foster family genealogy newspaper clipping.

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