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Theodore Augustus Honour papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: SCL-MS-2020

Civil War letters chiefly addressed to Honour's wife, Rebecca Caroline Seignious Honour, describing military life in South Carolina and Virginia, including 27 Feb. 1862-April 1864, discussing activities at Morris Island, James Island, Fort Sumter, and other camps near Charleston, S.C., his consideration of hiring a substitute, and other matters; and summer 1864, Petersburg, Va., describing siege, reporting pests, disease and meager rations. Letters from Honour's father, J[ohn] H[enry] H[onour], 10, 14 Mar. and 28 July 1862, Charleston, discuss minor naval engagement, arrival of a blockade running ship with army supplies, Southern military unpreparedness and conscription, Northern attitudes to the war, and hope of European intervention. Theodore A. Honour's letters to wife, 27 Feb. 1862-28 Feb. 1863, describe techonological innovations and camp life, including use of torpedo boats and iron gun boats; battlefields and corpses; poor opinion of S[tates] R[ights] Gist as a General; engagement against African American troops; presence of spies; executions; and account of defection of Robert Smalls to the Federal fleet upon the steamer Planter, 14 May 1862. Letters, 3 Mar.-28 Apr. 1864, from Columbia, S.C., describe business matters and relocation of Bank of Charleston, seizure of railroads, return of low country families from refuge in up country; and account of meeting the captured female doctor, Mary Edwards Walker. Also includes undated memoirs, with description of Washington Light Infantry veterans' tour of the Northeast.


  • 1859-11-05 - 1865-06-05 and n.d.


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Collection is open for research.

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390 items

Biographical / Historical

Confederate Private, Washington Light Infantry, Twenty-fifth (Eutaw) Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers; in civilian life, Honour was employed as a bookkeeper at the Bank of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.).


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

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Also includes accession number 11740.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

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