Does anyone have copies or full transcripts of the Brummett Family Civil War Letters held by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies: Box Folder 1 1 Background research material
1 2 Letter: William H. Brummett to his sister, Camp Beauregard, [Louisiana], Dec. 17, 1861 Summary: Brummett says that they expected a battle, but it didn't come, except for hearing shots from the north. He mentions that his messmate James B. Clegg died from measles. He sends on greetings for friends and family members.
1 3 Letter: T. J. Brummet[t], from to his uncle, George Brummet[t], Little Rock, Ark., March 21, 1862 Summary: Brummett writes that, although some units were killing hogs for food, his does not kill hogs that don't belong to them. He says Captain [Read] Fletcher is a kind man, contrary to rumors his uncle has heard. He hopes they will be involved in "killing Yankees" soon. He sends greetings to friends and family, including "Miss Mary."
1 4 Letter: Ashly (?) Abel to his uncle, G. W. Brummet[t], Mississippi, June 13, 1862 Summary: The author writes that he has been through great difficulty and poor health. He is improving, but he longs to be able to sit and talk with his uncle, who is his "old Christian friend."
1 5 Two letters on one sheet: Harriet Brummett to her cousin Mary Brummett, and Irena (?) Brummett to Mary Brummett, Jefferson County, Ark., Aug. 1, 1864 Summary: This letter is written in response to a letter from Mary that reports the death of Mary's father. It contains news on several family members. Some who were serving in the army were wounded or killed or taken prisoner. Irena reports the deaths of four people over the last several months, including a child named George. Both writers express great sorrow, but confidence that they will all see each other again in heaven. Harriet asks Mary to come and live with them.
1 6 Partial letter: Unidentified female author to her sister (in-law?) Mary Brummett, Jefferson County, Ark., September 1, 1864 This letter is torn at the left edge, and part of it is torn off at the bottom. Summary: The author is answering a letter from Mary with the news that their father has died. She expresses her sorrow and talks about how she has been able to endure other losses recently. Mr. Brummett was home for a few days, and then was taken prisoner by the Yankees. She has not heard from him since.
These letters are from the families of George W. Brummett Sr., of Jefferson County, Arkansas, and his brother Pleasant Brummett of Bradley County, Arkansas. They are addressed to George W. and to his daughter Mary. William H. Brummett, Mary's brother, served with the 9th Arkansas. T. J. Brummett, son of Pleasant Brummett, served with Company D of the 18th Arkansas, known as the Pine Bluff Rebels.
I am extremely interested in one letter: Letter: Ashly (?) Abel to his uncle, G. W. Brummet[t], state of Mississippi, June 13, 1862. The author writes that he has been through great difficulty and poor health. He is improving, but he longs to be able to sit and talk with his uncle, who is his "old Christian friend."
Ashley Abel is my gggrandfather and we only know his father's name was Jack Abel and we don't know his mother's name. It would be very helpful to learn how Ashley is a nephew of George Washington Brummett, brother to Pleasant Brummett.