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    [Civil War]. Hooper-Ware Family Archive consisting of letters, receipts, photographs, land deeds, etc. and span the years 1848 through 1916. Members of the family served in the Confederate Army during the war.

    Several of the letters date from the war and contain detailed accounts of action at the siege of Yorktown, the First Battle of Winchester, and skirmishing around Vicksburg. Writing from Yorktown, Virginia, Dr. E. A. O. Ware writes home to his wife, Jenny, regarding the siege: "22nd April 1862...A few days ago there was a battle down our lines. It lasted only a few hours, perhaps two or three. At the time of the hottest of the engagement I was at Genl Magruder's head Quarters ¾ of a mile from the scene of the conflict. The roar of cannons & shrill crack of musketry was tremendous...We lost very few in the engagement. The Yankee loss is not known, tho it must have been considerable..." Dr. E. A. O. Ware was commissioned in 1862 and served as the assistant surgeon of the 23rd Regiment Georgia Volunteers. He was captured at the Battle of Sharpsburg on September 9, 1862, and was held as a prisoner of war for two months. He resigned his commission in 1863.

    Another family member, William, wrote home to his mother in a letter dated May 26, 1862, near the town of Winchester. He writes, in part: "I have not written to you for some time because We have been moving all the time. We have whipped the Yanks for three days & run them 40 miles...on the morn of the 24 we started on the road for Winchester While Jackson took his & the rest of Ewells men went to Stroansburg. We went in 9 miles of Winchester & then waited to learn the result of Jacksons attack which we could here [sic] very distinctly...About 4 o clock a Courier came in saying Jacson [sic] had whipped the enemy & taken 400 prisoners..." The letter continues in much the same fashion, giving details of the remaining battle over the next two days.

    A third letter, undated [circa mid-1863], from an unknown author, recounts action around the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The author writes, in part: "I know nothing about the Yankees, they are reported to be about one hundred thousand strong. They are all between us and Vicksburg...Our Brigade and a portion of another fought about 30 thousand of the rascals about two hours...The enemy must be driven from this country - and Vicksburg must be held if not twill be the worst blow that could be struck us..." Vicksburg formally surrendered to the Union Army July 4, 1863, and the United States held total control of the river for the rest of the war.

    Sarah Jane (Jenny) Hooper Ware, the wife of E. A. O. Ware, sought refuge in Texas during the war. Many of the letters deal with her journey from Georgia, the devastation on the plantations, and news concerning the slaves that she brought with her.

    Also, with seven photographs and one negative, two of which show black men (possibly slaves), working outside of a cotton warehouse and a cotton gin. The archive also contains a Bill of Sale for a slave to E. A. O. Ware, several land deeds and receipts, one diploma, three books, the discharge of Charles W. Hooper from the Confederate Army, and E. A. O. Ware's Oath of Loyalty.

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