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Catalog Number CML-RHC.40-.41
Date 1847, 1903
Scope & Content Robert H. Chilton Papers: Correspondence from Varina Howell Davis

Physical Appearance: The following letters consist of a prewar letter from Varina Howell Davis (Mrs. Jefferson Davis) to Mrs. Robert Hall Chilton and a postwar letter from Mrs. Davis to Laura Chilton Wise (Robert Hall Chilton's daughter): .40) March 29, 1847 - Varina B[anks] H[owell] Davis in Natches, Miss[issippi] to Mrs. Capt[ain] [Robert Hall] Chilton, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi - Mrs. Davis expresses her thanks and gratitude for Col[onel Robert Hall] Chilton's attention to her husband. Signed by Mrs. Davis, includes the cover. [This letter remains in Box 25 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-195}. .41) January 20, 1903 - V[arina] Jefferson Davis at 123 W. 44th St[reet], [New York, New York?] to Mrs. [Laura Mason Chilton] Wise - Mrs. Davis expresses regret at not seeing Laura and Mrs. John Wise but explains that her illness wearies her greatly and hopes to see them another time. Signed by Mrs. Davis. [This letter remains in Box 26 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-195}.
Archival History The two letters from Varina Howell Davis were formerly located in the MC 3 C-195 files. Both letters were transferred to the Jefferson Davis Collection [no date specified]. The letters are noted as cross-references in the Robert H. Chilton Collection. The Robert Hall Chilton Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Robert Hall Chilton (1815-1879), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The collection includes Chilton's 1864 appointment as brigadier and list of the officers and men taking parole at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 29, 1865. Among the extensive postwar holdings are letters to former generals Richard Stoddert Ewell, Daniel Harvey Hill, and James Longstreet, as well as handwritten notes on campaigns--including Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Wartime items found in other collections consist of offical correspondence to Chilton from General T. J. Jackson and General J. E. B. Stuart. The Robert E. Lee Family Collection contains many personal postwar letters from General Lee to the Chilton family, and likewise, the Davis Family Collection has several postwar letters from Jefferson Davis to Chilton himself. Most of the Chilton items came to the Museum from Chilton's daughter, Laura Chilton Wise.
People Chilton, Laura Mason [Mrs. Robert Hall]
Wise, Laura Chilton