Catlett Conway Correspondence, 1892-1920 (Ms2012-039)

Title

Catlett Conway Correspondence, 1892-1920 (Ms2012-039)

Subject

Virginia--History
Local/Regional History and Appalachian South

Description

The collection consists of 65 letters written between Catlett Conway and family members during the years 1892-1920. The majority of the letters are written by Catlett to his half-brother, Dr. William Buchanan Conway, but he also wrote to other siblings and his children. One letter is written by John C. Conway and addressed to Catlett. In addition to contemporary content (family news, employment, social critiques, politics, and literature), Catlett also writes of his Civil War experiences and discussions with other Civil War veterans.

Catlett Conway was born to Battaile Fitzhugh Taliaferro Conway and his first wife Mary Ann Wallace on January 5, 1840. Dr. William Buchanan Conway was born to Battaile's second wife Cornelia Sapphira Buchanan on January 3, 1845. Both men grew up on the family homestead, Ellerslie, in Madison County, VA before joining the Confederate Army in the Civil War. After the war, Catlett lived in Richmond, VA where he worked for Richmond Granite Company, and later a Richmond based coal company. In 1871, William became the Physician and Surgeon for Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (later known as Virginia Tech), but moved to Athens, GA in 1891 for medical reasons.

For more information on Catlett and William see: The Brothers Conway of Madison County, Virginia, Autobiographies of Catlett Conway and William Buchanan Conway, Compiled and edited by Anne H. (Price) Yates. The book is available for use in Special Collections: CT275 C767 A3 1998 Spec Large.

Creator

Conway, Catlett, 1840-1920

Date

1892/1920

Identifier

Ms2012-039

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Catlett Conway Correspondence, Ms2012-039, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Collection Tree

  • Catlett Conway Correspondence, 1892-1920 (Ms2012-039)
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Letter from Mary Hayden Wallace to Mamie, expressing sorrow about "Uncle Willie's" death and indicating that her father will be much affected by the…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, recounting his visits with family members in Washington D. C. and Charlottesville.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, discussing the possibility of a Conway family reunion and recounting a chapter meeting of UVA alumni at which he…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, sharing his thoughts about labor unions and the economy as well as defences of President Woodrow Wilson.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, reporting on the coming of spring and expressing surprise that Willie is making his annual trip to Blacksburg so…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing his Christmas in Philadelphia, reflecting on the severity of past winters, and commenting on…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, thanking him for sending a genealogy of the Conway family and sharing that the Daughters of the Confederacy have…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing his Thanksgiving in Philadelphia with family along with his opinions on the city and its…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing his health troubles and contesting some accounts of the Civil War that he read by relaying his own…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, reporting on the death of Sister Nellie on March 6, 1912 and noting that she was buried next to her husband…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, expressing Southern displeasure with "forced reconstruction" and the perceived negative effects of the "free…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing his life and health in Philadelphia with his daughter Mary Wallace, and speculating on the state of…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, thanking him for the birthday pin and especially the card, and telling Willie that his Christmas will be spent…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, congratulating him on his daughter's marriage and speculating on the outcome of the presidential race between…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, detailing his visit to his daughters and their husbands in Baltimore and Cincinnati.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, expressing travel plans and asking about a mystery phone call from Athens, Georgia asking for John Conway.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, sharing information about the family and expressing hope for the "prosperity" of the South.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing his new boarding situation and bringing Willie up to date on some traveling members of the family.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, recounting their university days in Charlottesville and Blacksburg before the Civil War and speculating on…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, speaking in anticipation of Willie's future visit and reflecting on family matters.
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, catching up on news concerning numerous family members; detailing his current comfortable living situation and…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, discrediting an article about Charlie Conway by Marion Johnson; recounting a street car strike which resulted in…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, addressing the plans for Mary Wallace
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, expressing interest in Alfred
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, recounting a visit from John; describing Virginia
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, complimenting Willie
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, relaying the news of the death of Kent, Johnny's only son, and asking to be informed of any details of the…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, describing a picture that he had taken a few days prior; commenting on Willie's article in the Sundays' Dispatch…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, discussing details of the Conway family genealogy that he and his daughter Mary Wallace had investigated and…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, reflecting on his article "my experience in the Battle of Gettysburg" that had been published in a newspaper;…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, informing Willie of a visit from John and his son Kent, the latter of whom wishes to undergo a risky operation…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, indicating that Willie should subscribe to the Sunday paper for Confederate stories; speaking of some family…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, describing Catlett and Mary Wallace's move to the second floor of a two-story house; mentioning the promising…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, thanking Willie for a copy of the Atlanta Journal and reflecting on the value of soldier accounts (specifically…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, describing his medical regimen with the help of Willy's prescription; commenting on the high heat of the summer;…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, praising the help of Willy
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, describing the state of his illness and thanking Willy for prescriptions sent in response, and recounting a…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, detailing his most recent health issues and expressing his wish for Willy
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, explaining that, due to his busy work schedule, he rarely has time to socialize with many people in the city and…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, explaining why letter-writing and reading books have become difficult; describing his time on the first floor of…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, describing his time as a patient in the Virginia Hospital as he underwent various treatments for pneumonia, and…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, speaking of his 60th birthday and Willy's 55th birthday; detailing the travels and situations of his daughters,…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, detailing the ill health of and subsequent treatments by a
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, reminiscing over their life as brothers and expressing satisfaction with how their lives have unfolded; detailing…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, observing that the increased numbers of medical professionals would do well to retain the
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, in which he describes his health decline as well as his and his family
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willie, in which he discusses pleasant business relations with Colonel Carter Braxton of Newport News, his employment at…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to his brother Henry, in which Catlett indicates that he has enclosed a letter from John Conway to himself concerning their…
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Letter from John G. Conway to Catlett Conway, in which John informs Catlett of his visit to the Court House in a failed attempt to find a will to…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy, thanking him for sending a copy of the "Magazine of Medicine," in which Willy had a picture and article;…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to his brother, Willy, discussing the declining health of "Pa"; detailing a visit from John Conway and his son Kent;…
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Letter from Catlett Conway to Willy discussing different accounts of cavalry movements during the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee's wartime…
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Letter from Conway Catlett to Willy, adding to an account of Custer's raid of Charlottesville that Willy requested in the Dispatch, answered by Mr.…

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